University of New Hampshire: Student-Created Display on ‘Street Harassment’ Removed
In March 2017, Jordyn Haime, a freshman at the University of New Hampshire, worked with the university’s Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program to create a display depicting the text of student-reported instances of unwelcome sexual remarks. Haime’s work was intended to be displayed during April for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Within hours of the display’s installation in the university’s Memorial Union Building, it was removed at the direction of Dean of Students Ted Kirkpatrick, who cited the possibility that it might be seen by children or prospective students and their families. FIRE wrote to the university, explaining that the restriction on displays of “hate speech” and “profane/vulgar language” in the Memorial Union Building was unconstitutional.
July 10, 2018
Art purged for being “one-sided,” among other excuses Censors, often not understanding the message, ban art rather than grapple with its meaning PHILADELPHIA, July 10, 2018 — Art censorship is nothing new. Spanish conquistadors smashed ceramics of ancient Peruvian cultures that portrayed gay and lesbian sex. The Roman Catholic Church of the 15th century was so intent on covering up penises that for decades even Michelangelo’s David wore a garland of leaves around his waist. But a new report from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education shows that art censorship remains alive and well, even on today’s college campuses, […]» Read More
April 4, 2017
FIRE and others are asking questions about the University of New Hampshire’s decision to remove a student-led exhibit criticizing street harassment and allow it to be re-posted only after making changes apparently acceptable to administrators’ tastes about what language is sufficiently inoffensive to be shared on a university campus. Student Jordyn Haime came up with the idea for the exhibit and worked with the university’s Sexual Harassment & Rape Prevention Program (SHARPP) to send a survey to students about their experiences with street harassment. After gathering the results, Haime created an exhibit incorporating the information gathered. The exhibit, displayed on […]» Read More