DANGEROUS IDEAS: Censorship and Fake News with Eric Berkowitz and Marc Cooper

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May 27, 2021 • 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


A fascinating examination of how restricting speech has continuously shaped our culture, and how censorship is used as a tool to prop up authorities and maintain class and gender disparities. Through compelling narrative, historian Eric Berkowitz reveals how drastically censorship has shaped our modern society. More than just a history of censorship, Dangerous Ideas illuminates the power of restricting speech; how it has defined states, ideas, and culture; and (despite how each of us would like to believe otherwise) how it is something we all participate in.

This engaging cultural history of censorship and thought suppression throughout the ages takes readers from the first Chinese emperor’s wholesale elimination of books, to Henry VIII’s decree of death for anyone who “imagined” his demise, and on to the attack on Charlie Hebdo and the volatile politics surrounding censorship of social media. Highlighting the base impulses driving many famous acts of suppression, Berkowitz demonstrates the fragility of power and how every individual can act as both the suppressor and the suppressed.

FREE virtual program, but donations are gratefully accepted. REGISTER HERE
Signed copies of Dangerous Ideas are available for purchase through the Mark Twain Store. Proceeds benefit The Mark Twain House & Museum. Books will ship after the event. We regret that we cannot ship outside of the U.S. at this time.


Eric Berkowitz is a writer, lawyer, and journalist. Before devoitng his practice to public interest and asylum law, he practied, media, intellectual property and business litigation in Los Angeles. Berkowitz has published widely throughout his career, and his writing has appeared in periodicals such as The New York Times, the Washington Post, The Economist, the Los Angeles Times, and LA Weekly. His previous books include Sex and Punishment and The Boundaries of Desire. He lives in San Francisco.
Marc Cooper is a retired journalist and a retired USC Journalism Professor with 45 years of global experience.  He has written three nonfiction books including the LATimes best-seller Pinochet And Me: A Chilean Anti-Memoir. He has been a contributing editor to The Nation magazine since 1995, and a special global correspondent for the Village Voice in its heyday. His work has appeared in dozens of venues from the Los Angeles Times to The New Yorker, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, LA Weekly, The Guardian, CBS News and PBS Frontline


May 27, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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