Centenary's Forum

Immaturity and dependence are the inability to use one's own intellect without the direction of another. One is responsible for this immaturity and dependence, if its cause is not a lack of intelligence, but a lack of determination and courage to think without the direction of another. Sapere aude! Dare to know! is therefore the slogan of the Enlightenment.

—Immanuel Kant, "What is Enlightenment?"

Welcome to the Forum. We choose a topic, and invite experts, but in the end, students and citizens have the last word.


Theme: Should Some Art Be Censored?

This year's Forum addresses the intersection of art and morality. Is some art so bad, so immoral that it should be censored?

Questions about art and aesthetics? Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy for answers.

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Part I: Dr. Cynthia Freeland

Monday, March 1st, 7pm

Kilpatrick Auditorium, Smith Building

Dr. Cynthia Freeland is the chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Houston.

Some Art Should Be Censored.

Part II: Students and Citizens

Monday, March 8th, 7pm

Kilpatrick Auditorium, Smith Building

A group of students and citizens will continue the discussion that Dr. Freeland started the previous week. Afterwards, the audience can ask questions and we will discuss.

Students Citizens
Kathryn-Alizabeth C. Baker, Art and Visual Culture, French Kenneth Lerchie, Teacher at Caddo Magnet High School
Thomas C.M.P. Skrmetti, Philosophy Amelia Blake, Musician

Remember to check the Shreveport Times for columns from Dr. Freeland, our students and citizens prior to each meeting.

We'd like to thank the Convocations Subcommittee, the Shreveport Times,Meadows Museum, and Centenary's Office of Public Relations for all their support.