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Censorship and Information Control: A Global History from the Inquisition to the Internet
  • Presented By: The University of Chicago Library
  • Location: Special Collections Research Center, The Joseph Regenstein Library
  • Address: 1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL 60637
  • Phone: (773) 702-4685
  • Dates: September 17, 2018 - December 14, 2018
  • Recurrence: Recurring every week day
  • Why do people censor? For ambition? Religion? Profit? Power? Fear? This global history of attempts to control or silence information, from antiquity’s earliest written records to our new digital world, examines how censorship has worked, thrived, or failed in different times and places, and shows how real censorship movements tend to be very different from the centralized, methodical, top-down censorship depicted in Orwell’s "1984," which so dominates how we imagine censorship today. From indexes of forbidden books, to manuscripts with passages inked out by Church Inquisitors, to comics and pornography, to self-censorship and the subtle censorship of manipulating translations or teaching biased histories, the banned and challenged materials in this exhibit will challenge you to answer: how do you define what is and isn’t censorship?

Censorship and Information Control: A Global History from the Inquisition to the Internet
  • Location: Special Collections Research Center, The Joseph Regenstein Library
  • Address: 1100 East 57th Street
  • September 17, 2018 - December 14, 2018
  • Special Collections Research Center, The Joseph Regenstein Library
  • Recurring every week day