Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature
The difficulty with the history of censorship is that it looks so simple: It pits oppression against freedom of expression. But if one looks harder, it appears more complicated—and full of surprises. How did censors actually do their work? How did they understand it? And how did it fit into the surrounding social and political context? By studying the day-to-day operations of censors under three authoritarian regimes—Bourbon France in the 18th century, British India in the 19th century, and Communist East Germany in the 20th century—it is possible to rethink our understanding of censorship in general.
Robert Darnton taught at Princeton from 1968 until 2007, when he became the Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and director of the University Library at Harvard. Among his honors are a MacArthur Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle award, election to the French Legion of Honor, the National Humanities Medal, conferred by President Obama in February 2012, and the Del Duca World Prize in the Humanities, awarded by the Institut de France in 2013.
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Sponsored by Book Studies at Wellesley, the Friends of the Library, the Newhouse Center for the Humanities, and The Andrew W. Mellon Fellows in Critical Bibliography, the French Department, and the History Department.
Photo courtesy of Robert Darnton.
Feb 25, 7:30–10 PMShoshana Zuboff: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism
Shoshana Zuboff, professor emerita at Harvard Business School, discusses her recent book, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, and how our economy, politics, and society are increasingly being shaped by digital technologies.Event Date:Tuesday, February 25, 2020 -7:30pm to 10:00pm
Feb 4–Feb 6, Feb 9, Feb 11, Feb 13The Spanish and Portuguese Film Festival
This film festival focuses on themes of memory, political violence, race, gender, sexuality, immigration, and democracy. All films are in Spanish, Portuguese, and/or indigenous languages, with English subtitles.Event Date:Tuesday, February 4, 2020 (All day) to Thursday, February 6, 2020 (All day)Event Date:Sunday, February 9, 2020 (All day)Event Date:Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (All day)Event Date:Thursday, February 13, 2020 (All day)
Feb 4, 3:30–5 PM
Feb 27, 4:30–6 PM