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I am passing this on for those interested in the subject, which touches close to home!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Ron Roley, 503-679-0379
AUTHOR GARY COLE TO SPARK NATIONAL DEBATE ON CENSORSHIP AT PORTLAND STATE
PORTLAND, OR (May, 2005) - Portland State University (PSU) will be hosting Gary Cole's opening speech on censorship entitled Censorship and the Decline of the Arts in America on June 7 at 7:00 pm. This topic was developed from Cole's upcoming memoir, Artless, due out in the spring of 2006, which is being published by PSU's Ooligan Press. The speech will be held at the Smith Center in room 338, and is free to the public.
In 2003, Cole was appointed Deputy Chairman for Grants & Awards at the National Endowment for the Arts in charge of the agency's $60 million annual grants program. Within days, the appointment was revoked. Cole subsequently learned he lost the position because of two plays shot on video by a production company (StageDirect) he founded. Straight is a plunge into the movement to convert gays and lesbians to heterosexuality, and Poona The Fuckdog is a collection of bedtime stories for adults. Cole is also formerly an attorney with Ball Janik, as well as with the CIA.
"We are proud to host Gary as he initiates this very important dialogue," said Dennis Stovall, Publisher of Ooligan Press. "Gary has a fascinating and varied background that gives him the platform to speak with authority. His oratory skills will entertain and educate the listener."
"Censorship is with us in these United States," states Cole. "It is practiced subtly but routinely at the highest levels of our government, without shame, apology, or apparent consequence."
In conjunction with Cole's speech, Cinema 21 is re-screening Poona The Fuckdog (2002, 90 minutes), which the Chicago Tribune calls "equal parts funny, angry, imaginative, crude and hopelessly over-the-top."
For more information on the lecture, please contact Ron Roley at ronroley@.... For information about Poona and the show times contact Cinema 21 at 503-223-4515.