Marjorie Heins will give “Cyberspace, and Censorship of Youth” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Geneva Room, as part of the Fisher Center lecture series. A roundtable discussion will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Oct. 23 in the Fisher Center, Demarest 212.
Heins directs the Free Expression Policy Project, a think tank on artistic and intellectual freedom. Her most recent book, “Not in Front of the Children,” and the subject of her talk, tackles censorship arguments based on assumptions of protecting youth and children from “indecent” information or “corrupting influences.” Deftly navigating what is considered an “ideological minefield,” Heins will address these central issues, taking a deeper look at cyberspace and the question of freedom of expression.
Heins was former director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Arts Censorship Project and she has served as co-counsel in a number of Supreme Court cases, including National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley and Reno v. ACLU (the challenge to the 1996 Communications Decency Act). Her work over the past decade has challenged censorship based on stereotypes about sexuality, gender, youth, and representations of violence in art and entertainment. Her most recent book was recognized with the American Library Association’s Eli M. Oboler Award for the best published work in the field of intellectual freedom.
Available readings (library reserve): “Not in Front of the Children: 'Indecency,' Censorship, and the Innocence of Youth”; “Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy: A Guide to America’s Censorship Wars”; “Cutting the Mustard: Affirmative Action and the Nature of Excellence”