HLS ArtsPanel Explores the NEA and Censorship

On Thursday, April 18, the Harvard Law School ArtsPanel will explore controversies surrounding the National Endowment for the Arts and artistic funding in America. Topics to be addressed include the impact of NEA v. Finley, the relationship between censorship and arts funding, and the role of the NEA given the increase in private funding for the arts. The panel, featuring Marjorie Heins and Karen Elias, will begin at 3 p.m. in Hauser 104.

Marjorie Heins co-argued the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case NEA v. Finley in 1998. A First Amendment litigator at the ACLU of Massachusetts from 1991-98, Heins directed the ACLU’s Arts Censorship Project. Currently she is the director of the Free Expression Policy Project at National Coalition Against Censorship. She has authored several books, including “Not in Front of the Children: ‘Indecency,’ Censorship, and the Innocence and Youth” and “Sex, Sin, and Blasphemy: A Guide to America’s Censorship Wars.”

L. Hope O’Keefe is general counsel to the National Endowment for the Arts and author of “Deficit Reduction and Culture Wars: The Effect of Cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts,” 1Public Interest Law Reporter 10. She was also active in the Finley case.

The ArtsPanel, founded in the spring of 1997, is a cultural and an art law group intended to promote an awareness of arts issues and cultural events on the Harvard Law School campus.

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