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Speakers to touch on censorship, democracy

Wednesday, January 13, 2010  
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Rockford College hosts two speakers this month who will cover the gamut from censorship in the media to our belief in democracy.

Peter Phillips, professor and department chairman of sociology at Sonoma State University, will speak at 7 p.m., Jan. 25, in the Maddox Theatre on the topic "Media Democracy in a Time of Truth Emergency.” Phillips is director of Project Censored, a watchdog group that monitors censorship in the media. The group has published nine editions of Censored: Media Democracy in Action, and has also written the Project Censored Guide to Independent Media and Activism as well as Censored 2009, a compilation of censored stories from the previous year.

Jan. 28, Alan Ryan, warden of the New College at the University of Oxford, will pose the question: "Do We Really Believe in Democracy?” in a talk at 7 p.m., also in the Maddox Theatre. Ryan has taught philosophy and politics at universities around the world. His books include The Philosophy of John Stewart Mill and The Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Property and Political Theory. A fellow of the British Academy, he is a long-time contributor to The New York Review of Books and to magazines and newspapers in Britain, in particular Times Higher Education, where he writes a monthly column.

Both talks are free, though a ticket is required. For more information, call the Rockford College box office at (815) 226-4100. The speakers are part of the college’s Forum Series. To see the full line-up, go to

From the Jan. 13-19, 2010 issue.

This story appeared at on January 13, 2010.

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