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Seminar: Censorship of Visual Culture in the United States
Date: 8 February 2012 

SMLC seminar series

Censorship of Visual Culture in the United States

Professor Amy Werbel
Art History at Saint Michael's College,
Fulbright Scholar at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

Date: Wednesday 8 February 2012
Time: 4.30 - 6.00pm
Venue: Room KK813 KK Leung Building
Language: English

Abstract: Many think of the United States as a land of unfettered free speech, but in fact this has never been entirely the case. The long history of censorship of erotic visual culture in the United States demonstrates the multi-layered causes, structures, and effects of cultural suppression, as well as strategies that have been effective in America at expanding First Amendment civil liberties.

Amy Werbel is a 2011-2012 Fulbright Scholar at Guangdong University of Foreign Studies in Guangzhou, China, and Professor of Art History at Saint Michael's College in the United States. She received her Bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1986, and her PhD degree from Yale University in 1996. Werbel's first book, "Thomas Eakins: Art, Medicine, and Sexuality in Nineteenth-Century Philadelphia," was chosen as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2008 by Choice Magazine.


This is an exciting semester for the School as we have several visiting scholars giving talks and I look forward to seeing you all at the seminars! Please contact me or Ms Christy Ho should there be any questions.

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