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Jul 22, 2014

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Jul 22, 2014

Thursday night concert series rocks CIA's neighborhood

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Jul 05, 2014

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Jul 11, 2014

Hispanic teen mentored by 2012 grad has hopeful future at CIA

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Jul 27, 2014

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Jun 25, 2014

Cuyahoga County unveils county seal designed by CIA student

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Aug 28, 2014

2014 Faculty Exhibition Opening Reception

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Jul 22, 2014

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Aug 20, 2013

CIA named one of the "Best in the Midwest"

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Nov 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Open House

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Liberal Arts Courses

Censorship, Art, and the Law

Course No. HCS386  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Cynthia McGrae

This course will cover the history of censorship in America. We will begin with the language of the First Amendment. We will then study the evolution of the definition of obscenity starting with the Comstack Laws and moving through the current Supreme Court test for determining whether an expression is obscene. We will look at the laws surrounding child pornography as well as hate speech and art that incite violence. For each of these categories of expression, we will discuss anecdotal applications of the First Amendment using artists such as Mapplethorpe, Serrano, Ligon, Zimmerman, Scott, Diana and Finley. While the primary focus of the class will be on government action, we will also look at examples of self censorship by the entertainment industry and public galleries. Finally, we will finish with an overview of the Patriot Act, its current applications and its implications for our future freedom of expression. The question underlying all of the historical context, anecdotal applications and the current law is why do we censor? Are there ever legitimate justifications for censorship and if so, how do we, as a society, draw those lines? In addressing these issues, we will study in depth the feminist anti-pornography movement, excerpts from Susan Sontag's On Photography, and the outcry over music lyrics post Columbine.

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Lane Cooper

Associate Professor/Chair of Painting

Lane Cooper is an artist, who works through painting, sound, video, text and, on occasion, performance. Her wo...more

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