Art, in all its forms, allows us to reflect on the essential yet difficult questions that confront our society. Artists, whether they are stand-up comedians, playwrights, or illustrators, will push boundaries, raise taboo topics, and shock sensibilities. It’s up to colleges and universities to prepare students to engage constructively with controversial artistic expression, learning to appreciate art as civic discourse.
Join the Bipartisan Policy Center and First Amendment Watch on Thursday, March 12, for a conversation with artists and writers whose work has been criticized, protested, and banned on campus: Nimesh Patel, who was removed from the stage of Columbia University during a stand-up act; Wendy MacLeod, who pulled her play after controversy at Kenyon College; and Ludovicus Krabbendam, who was censored at Biola University for his art installation.
We will also hear from playwright Leila Buck, whose work explores having meaningful conversations across differences. Refreshments will be served.
Comedian and Writer
James E. Michael Playwright-in-Residence, Kenyon College
Artist and Illustrator
Playwright; Faculty, NYU Gallatin
Welcoming remarks by:
Stephen D. Solomon
Founding Editor, First Amendment Watch
Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill
Director of the Campus Free Expression Project, BPC