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Catholic U. Bars Actor-Activist at Forum
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Actors; Pro choice movement; Abortion
Author: Argetsinger, Amy
Date: Sep 17, 2004
Start Page: B.05
Section: METRO

A spokesman for the university said it cannot "give . . . any platform" to film and stage actor Stanley Tucci or any other people who "act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles," following an order from the nation's Catholic bishops this summer. Tucci, a 2003 Tony Award nominee best known for writing, directing and starring in the elegiac Italian-restaurant film "Big Night," has also lent his name to the abortion rights cause, through activities with the national and New York regional chapters of Planned Parenthood.

The university's decision caused a stir as the news circulated among faculty members on the Northeast Washington campus yesterday. It came after school officials heard that Tucci was on the roster for an Oct. 15 seminar on campus highlighting contemporary Italian cinema -- part of a week-long film festival at several locations across the city.

Though Tucci presumably would not have discussed abortion at the film seminar, [Victor Nakas] said the university has been told that by "platform," the bishops meant any speaking engagement.

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