Author, music critic to discuss censorship, free speech

Tim RileyAuthor and National Public Radio music critic Tim Riley will discuss censorship and free speech at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Room 101 of Lanigan Hall.

The free event is part of Oswego’s new College Hour weekly programming series.

Riley says that both right-wing and left-wing activists threaten First Amendment protections, whether by attacking the National Endowment for the Arts and the Public Broadcasting Service or pushing for “politically correct” speech codes on college campuses.

His talk will look at how the continuing free-speech debate evolved from cultural controversies such as 2 Live Crew and the work of Robert Mapplethorpe to current political debates on unauthorized wiretapping and federal propaganda.

Riley authored “Tell Me Why: A Beatles Commentary,” which the New York Times praised as lending “new insight to the act we’ve known for all these years.” His other books include “Hard Rain: A Dylan Commentary,” “Madonna: Illustrated” and his most recent “Fever: How Rock ‘n’ Roll Transformed Gender in America.”

Riley regularly contributes to NPR’s “Here and Now” and keeps a prominent blog on His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Slate, Boston Magazine and other publications.

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(Posted: Jan 17, 2007)