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Humanities Theme 2013


A Colby College Libraries' Research Guide supporting “Censorship Uncovered,” the Annual Humanities Theme for 2013/14. This campus-wide initiative explores the provocative themes of censorship and free speech.

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Salman Rushdie

Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.

NEA Four: Holly Huges

Thursday, March 13, 7:30 p.m.

NEA Four: Roundtable Disscussion

FWednesday, March 12, 7:30 p.m.

NEA Four: Tim Miller and John Fleck

Tuesday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.

NEA Four: Karen Finley

Friday, March 7, 7:30 p.m.

Noontime Art Talk, by Professor Veronique Plesch

November 14, Thursday, noon
Museum of Art

Film: Gender Shock: Colby, by Alexis Atkinson, '15

November 5, Tuesday, 7 pm
Lovejoy 100

Film: Black on the Hill, by Uzoma Orchingwa, '14

November 4, Monday, 7 pm
Given Auditorium

Concert: David Crook and the Music of Counter-Reformation      

October 17, 4 pm
Museum of Art

Philosophy Colloquium: Free Speech and Its Limits, by Professor Ishani Maitra

September 27, 4 pm
Lovejoy 213

      Colby's Banned Books Reading

              September 24, 10 am - 2 pm

          to participate, sign up with Professor Cyrus Shahan

Censorship and Twentieth-Century American Art

September 18.  Noontime Art Talk by Professor Lydia Moland,
12:00 noon. Considering particularly the work of Kara Walker.

  Film Screening of Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry
Concert: David Crook, Censorship and the Music of Counter-Reformation - See more at:

September 18.  Film screening, 5:30-7:00; discussion with director Alison Klayman,
7:00-8:00. Given Auditorium. Reception to follow.

Images in the Banner

  • From a photograph by Robert Mappelthorpe;
  •  A government document on UFOs, declassified after censoring; 
  • Salman Rushdie's 1988 novel The Satanic Verses provoked violent reactions in some parts of the Islamic world, including book burnings and a fatwa against the author and publishers; 
  • Bayt al-Hikma, photograph courtesy of Nabil al-Tikriti.This library in Baghdad was damaged in the American occupation of the city; an earlier Baghdad library also named Bayt al-Hikma (House of Wisdom) was destroyed by the army of Hulagu Khan during the Siege of Baghdad in 1258;
  • Pedro Berruguete, The Burning of the Books: Pope Innocent III declared the Albigensians heretics in the early thirteenth century. When the books of both Saint Diminc and the Albigensians were thrown on a fire, Dominic's books were miraculously preserved, proving his teaching to be true;
  • From 2005 through 2009, a subsidiary of Google operated in China, under an agreement to censor search results according to policies of the Chinese government; In 2010, Google responded to a hacking attack by China by announcing it was withdrawing from the agreement and pulling out of China;
  • South Africa used censorship of the press, especially,  during the Apartheid era, to suppress criticism