Censorship and Political Correctness Panel
The members of the panel discussed controversies about books in which they had been involved and other incidents about political… read more
The members of the panel discussed controversies about books in which they had been involved and other incidents about political correctness issues.
William Styron is the author of The Confessions of Nat Turner, published by Random House. The book tells the story of the black preacher Nat Turner, who led an 1831 slave rebellion in Virginia. The book is based on Nat Turner’s own testimony, and it won the Pulitzer Prize in 1967 despite the controversy that surrounded its publication. Random House reissued the book in 2002 in its original cover, which helped inspire the formation of this panel.
Professor Hackney is the author of The Politics of Presidential Appointment: A Memoir of the Culture War, published by New South Books. The book describes what he went through during the Senate appointment hearings after being nominated by President Clinton to head the National Endowment for the Humanities. He also talked about the Wall Street Journal editorials that criticized his support of speech codes at the University of Pennsylvania following an incident on campus where an African-American student was called a “water buffalo.”
Professor Loury is the author of The Anatomy of Racial Inequality, published by Harvard University Press.
Robert Brustein moderated the panel which was part of the Words on Fire Festival commemorating the 70th anniversary of Nazi book burning. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
People in this video
- Robert Brustein Founding Director American Repertory Theater
- Sheldon Hackney Professor University of Pennsylvania->History Department
- Glenn C. Loury Professor (Former) Boston University->Economics Department
- Shoshana Pakciarz Executive Director New Center for Arts and Culture
- William Styron Author
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