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Bishop Lecture to feature Stephen Whitty, Star Ledger film critic

April 1, 2014
Stephen Whitty

Stephen Whitty

The Rutgers University Libraries invite members of the Rutgers community and the general public to the twenty-eighth annual Louis Faugères Bishop III lecture, featuring Stephen Whitty, film critic for the Star Ledger and The lecture will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 7 in the Teleconference Lecture Hall, on the 4th floor of Alexander Library. A light reception with free professional psychic readings will follow the talk.

Mr. Whitty's talk will be: "Forbidden Words: Taboo Texts in Popular Literature and Cinema." It will focus on how entertainment aimed at a wide, and often newly literate audience, often portrayed books -- in everything from the short stories of H.P Lovecraft to the drive-in horrors of "The Evil Dead" -- as dangerous works that could easily lure the unwary into peril.

Stephen Whitty is the film critic for the Star-Ledger and In addition, his work appears in Newhouse newspapers around the country, and his features and fiction have appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Stanford Magazine, and other publications. A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, he received his BFA in Film and Television, and completed a second major in English Literature; his work has won numerous state and national awards. Born in New York, he currently lives in Essex County, and is serving his second term as chair of the New York Film Critics Circle.

This year's Bishop Lecture coincides with “Unheard-of Curiosities”: An Exhibition of Rare Books on the Occult and Esoteric Sciences, in Alexander Library. For more information on the exhibition, please see:

To RSVP for the Bishop Lecture, send email to or call 848-932-7505.

For more information on this event, please contact Special Collections and University Archives Exhibitions Coordinator Fernanda Perrone at 848-932-6154