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'Tea & Ethics' seminar delves into the art of censorship

January 30, 2009

Coastal Carolina University professor Elizabeth Howie will give a talk titled "Sex, Lies and Hypocrisy: The Ethics of Censorship in Art" on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Croissants Bakery and Caf in Myrtle Beach. The event is free and open to the public.

This hour-long discussion, which is part of the University's Jackson Family Center for Ethics and Values' Tea & Ethics series, features Howie, assistant professor of art history, with an overview of art and censorship as part of a discussion about artistic integrity and freedom. This is the second presentation of the topic, which was originally covered on campus.

"Censorship of art is big news, from Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano to the NEA Four and the Brooklyn Museum of Art 'Sensation' show," says Howie. "Such headlines raise questions from 'Can an artist go too far?' to 'When does art become pornography?'" Definitions of obscenity will also be discussed.

The caf is located at 3751 Grissom Parkway at the intersection of 38th Avenue North and Bob Grissom Parkway.

Howie teaches art history. She earned a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an M.F.A. in ceramic sculpture from Louisiana State University. She previously taught art history at Wake Forest University. Howie specializes in modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on the history and theory of photography. Her research interests include work on photography and melancholy, colonial photography and visual representations of prostitution.

The Jackson Center seeks to cultivate and promote awareness in the community of the importance of personal and professional integrity. For more information, contact the director of the center, Claudia McCollough, at 843-349-2440.