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Feb. 27, 2004


UW-RF Presents the Community Lecture Series on Censorship

UW-River Falls will present a lecture on censorship titled "Violence to Our Minds: Revelations From the 'Encyclopedia of Censorship.' "

English Professor Nicholas Karolides, a nationally recognized writer and editor on censorship, will speak on the topic on Thursday, March 11, at 7 p.m. in the lower level of the River Falls Public Library. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Karolides, who is the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is noted for his long-standing research and dedication to dissecting the implications of censorship. He is the author of three books exploring censorship, including "Banned Books: Literature Suppressed on Political Grounds."

Karolides' presentation will summarize the principals and philosophies of freedom of expression and provide updates on recent developments and potential trends in censorship. He is completing his research and revising the "Encyclopedia of Censorship."

He noted that censorship remains rampant in the world. "The world stage provides an array of freedom and expression issues inclusive to hate speeches or hate crimes, holocaust revisionism, political book banning, and libel laws."

Most Americans are familiar with books such as "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "Catcher in the Rye" and "Harry Potter" being censored or challenged, which Karolides will address in the lecture.

Contemporary events that have ushered in new waves of censorship into America also will be discussed, such as Internet legislation and the Patriot Act. Karolides will identify aspects of the Patriot Act that have the potential to deny certain civil rights, including those of prison inmates.

Also featured in the lecture will be the issues of hate speeches, holocaust revisionism and homophobia as their influence on the national discussion of same sex marriages.

"Censorship exists around the world and takes various forms. Citizens need to be alerted to the challenges that are put to our minds and how we are affected by them," Karolides said.

As an educator, Karolides received the 1994 University of Wisconsin System Regents Excellence in Teaching Award, in which he was selected for the honor from among the more than 14,000 faculty in the University of Wisconsin System's 26 campuses.

For more information contact the Outreach and Graduate Studies office at 715/425-3256.

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