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THINKING ALLOWED
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Thinking Allowed
Wednesday 16:00-16:30
Laurie Taylor discusses the latest social science research.
30 November 2005
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THREATS TO FREE EXPRESSION
Laurie Taylor is joined by Brian Winston, Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln and author of "Messages: Free Expression, Media and the West from Gutenberg to Google", who argues that free expression is threatened both by being undervalued and by the notion that causing offence must be avoided at all costs. Ursula Owen, editor in chief of Index on Censorship, adds to the debate by insisting that democracy depends on everyone having a voice as well as a vote.

SUNDOWN TOWNS
Anna is a town in Illinois, USA and is known as a Sundown Town, so called because until the 1970s it was common to see at the city limits signs such as: 'Nigger, Don't Let the Sun Go Down on You in Anna'.  Anna, apparently, is an acronym for 'Ain't No Niggers Allowed'.

Laurie Taylor looks at the phenomenon of these white-only towns which have spanned the northern United States of America - including suburbs of New York and towns in California.  He is joined by James W. Loewen,professor emeritus of sociology at the University of Vermont and author of Sundown Towns, a Hidden Dimension of American Racism, to find out whether they still exist and whether the practice of racial segregation is still taking place.
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Professor Brian Winston, Pro-Vice Chancellor at the University of Lincoln

Messages: Free Expression, Media and the West from Gutenberg to Google
Publisher: Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis Books Ltd
ISBN: 0415364574

Ursula Owen, Editor in Chief of Index on Censorship

Professor James W. Loewen, Emeritus professor of socioloby at The University of Vermont

Sundown Towns: The Hidden Dimension of Segregation in America
Publisher: The New Press
ISBN: 156584887X
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