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Provocative Artists and Tough Crowds: How Campuses React to Art that Tests Boundaries (POSTPONED)

Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute New York University
20 Cooper Square, Floor 7
New York, NY 10003
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Out of an abundance of caution for COVID-19, this event has been postponed. We appreciate your interest in the event and will be in touch when we have a new date for the event.

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.


Nimesh Patel
Comedian and Writer

Wendy MacLeod
James E. Michael Playwright-in-Residence, Kenyon College

Ludovicus Krabbendam
Artist and Illustrator

Leila Buck
Playwright; Faculty, NYU Gallatin

Welcoming remarks by:

Stephen D. Solomon
Founding Editor, First Amendment Watch

Moderated by:

Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill
Director of the Campus Free Expression Project, BPC

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