New York University’s Department of Art and Art Professions will host a lecture by California-based art historian Robert Atkins, editor of the new anthology Censoring Culture: Contemporary Threats to Free Expression, on Thurs., April 5 at 6:00 p.m. at NYU’s Einstein Auditorium, 34 Stuyvesant Street (at E. 9th St. and 3rd Ave). [Subway: 6 (Astor Place); R (8th Street)]

The lecture, “Censorship in Camouflage,” builds on Atkins’ argument that censorship scandals targeting supposedly blasphemous or obscene artists and artworks are merely media spectacles that mask the real causes of censorship today. Rather, voices are suppressed because of sometimes impersonal forces such as neo-liberal economic arrangements (intellectual property law, the corporate consolidation of media industries) and the increased policing of the Internet.

The event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Department of Art and Art Professions at 212.998.5700 or visit Reporters interested in attending should contact Tim Farrell, NYU’s Office of Public Affairs, at 212.998.6797 or

This event is sponsored by NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

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