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Art Law Colloquium: Censorship & Artistic Expression on College Campus

About the Event

For the first art law colloquium at the Center, Amy Werbel, professor, academic and author of Lust on Trial: Censorship and the Rise of American Obscenity in the Age of Anthony Comstock discussed her newest research, a report on Freedom of Artistic Expression in Academic Art Museums and Galleries!

About Our Speaker

Dr. Amy Werbel is Professor of the History of Art at the State University of New York-Fashion Institute of Technology. For the past twenty years, her research has concentrated on censorship at the intersections of law and culture, and particularly in relationship to freedom of artistic and sexual expression. Her most recent book is Lust on Trial: Censorship and the Rise of American Obscenity in the Age of Anthony Comstock (Columbia University Press, 2018). Professor Werbel has lectured nationally and internationally on the damaging impact of censorship not only on artistic expression but also on pluralism and democracy more generally, including during two appointments as a Fulbright Scholar to China (2011-2012) and to the United Kingdom (2019-2020). She was honored to receive the 2018-2019 State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship. She earned her Bachelor’s degree at Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and her MA and PhD degrees at Yale University.

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