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Colleges’ Fisher Center Addresses Cyberspace and Censorship

Director of the Free Expression Policy Project to discuss freedom of expression on the Web

(October 8, 2003) GENEVA, N.Y.–Marjorie Heins' most recent book, “Not in Front of the Children,” tackles censorship arguments based on assumptions of protecting youth and children from “indecent” information or “corrupting influences.” Heins will address these central issues, taking a deeper look at cyberspace and the question of freedom of expression. She will give a talk, titled “Cyberspace, and Censorship of Youth,” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library, on Pulteney St. on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. This event is part of the Colleges' Fisher Center lecture series, with the theme “Global Education, Educating Globally.” A roundtable discussion will begin at 8:45 a.m. on Oct. 23 in the Fisher Center, Demarest 212. The presentation and roundtable are free and the public is invited to attend.

Heins directs the Free Expression Policy Project, a think tank on artistic and intellectual freedom. She is a 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 versus Finley and Reno versus 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.

Fisher Center lectures and seminars provide a forum for students, faculty and community members to explore gender issues. The Center, founded with a $1 million gift from Emily and Richard Fisher, whose son Alexander graduated from Hobart College in 1993, seeks to foster mutual understanding and social justice in contemporary gender issues.