Educational Studies Events

Apr 16

CANCELLED...Voices at Risk: Called out, Cancelled, and Censored

Roundtable Series: Free Expression, Civil Discourse, and the Liberal Arts

5:00 – 6:30 pm / Boliou 104
Voices at Risk
Cancelled - We'll keep you updated if we reschedule
This panel will feature three speakers who have been subject to push-back or censorship campaigns for their “controversial” or “objectionable” works: journalist Katie Herzog, visual artist Alma Lopez and Williams Biology professor Luana Maroja. It will be the first in a series of panel discussions called *Free Expression, Civil Discourse and the Liberal Arts.* These conversations will explore how issues pertaining to free expression intersect with the “creative interplay of teaching, learning and scholarship” that is at the heart of liberal arts education. 
Participant Bios:
Katie Herzog is a staff writer at The Stranger, where she covers and comments on media, politics, pop culture, social movements, weed, climate change, free speech, French bulldogs, gender, sex, emotional support animals, airlines, Amazon, Donald Trump, Twitter mobs, internet hoaxes, wildfires, orcas, bike shares, Alex Jones, lesbians, the cost of living, conspiracy theories, moral panics, natural disasters, cults, the left, the right, the middle, podcasts, Jordan Peterson, Fox News and, occasionally, Seattle. She was born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina. 
Alma Lopez is a visual artist. Her work has been exhibited in over one hundred solo and group exhibitions internationally. In 2011, the University of Texas Press published her book Our Lady of Controversy: Alma López’s “Irreverent Apparition,” co-edited with Alicia Gaspar de Alba. Currently, Lopez is an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies and LGBTQ Studies Program at UCLA. She teaches courses on art censorship, queer art, chicanx/latinx art, public art and digital art.
Luana Maroja is an Associate Professor of Biology at Williams where her work and teaching focus on evolutionary biology. Maroja is originally from Brazil and her views on free expression are informed by her experience growing up under a dictatorship. She has written about campus free expression at Williams and beyond. Her most recent article on this topic ---“Self-Censorship on Campus is Bad for Science”—appeared last year in the Atlantic. 
Co-Sponsored by Class of '57 Visiting Scholar for Interdisciplinary Studies Fund, WGST & APLS Fund, Art & Art History, American Studies, Biology, CCCE, and Educational Studies


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