Conversation Project: To Cut or Not to Cut
Presented by Tualatin Public Library
This Reading/Lecture is a Public event and
date, time and location
October 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm
Tualatin Public Library
18878 SW Martinazzi Ave.
Tualatin, OR 97062
Recent efforts to remove the “n” word in literature—from the new edition of Mark Twain’s Huck Finn in which the word is changed to “slave” to the attempt to halt a high school production of August Wilson’s Joe Turner’s Come and Gone because of what some considered offensive language—raise questions about censorship. Is censorship ever a good thing? Should accommodations be made considering the difference between a character’s and author’s point of view? Reed College professor Pancho Savery will facilitate a discussion that examines these questions, as well as how language is used in Twain’s and Wilson’s texts.
This is the focus of “To Cut or Not to Cut: Censorship in Literature,” a free conversation with Reed College professor Pancho Savery on Tuesday, September 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Tualatin Public Library. This program is hosted by Tualatin Public Library and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.
Savery is professor of English, humanities, and American studies at Reed College. He also teaches in Reed’s freshman humanities program on the Ancient Mediterranean World (focusing on Greece, Egypt, Persia, and Rome). For the last eleven years, he has worked with Oregon Humanities on the Humanity in Perspective program.
Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and our state’s future. For more information about this free community discussion, please contact Julie Wickman at (503) 691-3069 or via email.