01:30 PM to 04:10 PM R
Robinson Hall B222
Section Information for Fall 2013This course investigates the media representations of a range of racial and ethnic groups and the ways the visuals have changed over the years in response to cultural events, such as some of the civil rights laws, the events of 9-11, wars, etc. A significant portion of the course will be devoted to understanding the concept of the social construction of race and ethnicity. We will analyze images and apply the theoretical concepts of scholars such as bell hooks, Michael Davis, Cherrie Moraga, and Edward Said. In this broad-brush approach, we will interrogate the ways in which the negative visual stereotypes of the marginalized groups are similar and the result of western and white hegemony and the ways in which they are unique to the specific group. Ultimately, we will attempt to answer the questions about why this study matters and what our responsibility is in charting a different course.
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