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2021-2022 Catalog

FYS 015 The Endurance of Race

This seminar explores how race and ethnicity is mediated through film and media by analyzing the tangle between the construction of race and visual technology. Beginning with early image-making and the birth of cinema, we will examine how ways of seeing, the rise of mass media in modern consumer society, and the relationship between visual culture and power are deeply intertwined to influence and perpetuate racialized difference. We will study a range of media such as early ethnographic films, Hollywood cinema and look at how counter cinema and global activism have helped to draw attention to these images in important ways.