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Ooligan Press Author Gary Cole Presents "Censorship and the Decline of the Arts in America"
Tuesday, June 7, 2005 - 7:00pm
IN PSU'S SMITH CENTER 338 at 7:00

OOLIGAN PRESS AUTHOR GARY COLE PRESENTS

CENSORSHIP AND THE DECLINE OF THE ARTS IN AMERICA

Ooligan Press is pleased to welcome Gary Cole back to the Portland State campus. PSU played a major part in Gary's life during the dozen years he lived here in Portland. He served for 6 years on the board of the Portland State Foundation, including one year as Foundation President. He also spent 2 years on the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering & Applied Science, where he tells me he was a lone philosophy major in a sea of techies. The first performance of his play "Bodyhold" was a benefit for the PSU English Department.

Gary was active in our community beyond the PSU campus. He co-founded the theater company CoHo Productions. He was a trustee of the Multnomah County Library Foundation and of Waverly Childrens Home. He was recognized as one of Portland's top young civic and professional leaders by the Business Journal, which named him one of its "40 Under 40." The Northwest Examiner newspaper honored him with its Award of Excellence in the Performing Arts.

Gary will talk more this evening about his singular experience in the arts and politics, which culminated in a memoir entitled ARTLESS. Ooligan Press recently announced our acquisition of this unique and important book, which will be published next spring.

After the traumatic encounter with the Bush administration that compelled him to write ARTLESS, Gary left Oregon to be closer to family on the East Coast. He, his wife, and two young children now live in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he's engaged in a mix of writing, theater, law, business, and chauffeuring to kids' activities. He's back in Portland to participate in a CoHo Productions retreat and visit old friends.