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Sights of Power: Race and Visual Culture Lecture Series, Herman Gray, Transparency, Opacity, and the Black (Subject)ion of 20th Century American Television

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Date(s) - 10/18/2018
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture


Herman Gray, Professor of Sociology at University of California, Santa Cruz, will give a lecture revisiting assumptions about the struggles over visibility and recognition in television coverage of the civil rights movement, “Transparency, Opacity, and the Black (Subject)ion of 20th Century American Television.” The talk is a part of the Sights of Power: Race and Visual Culture Lecture Series organized in conjunction with special exhibition, For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights.

Professor Gray is one of the foremost scholars of African American popular culture in the United States. His field-defining book Watching Race (1995) and the incisive Cultural Moves (2006) have made an indelible impact across several fields, including African American studies, visual culture studies, sociology, and American studies. His recent scholarship has explored paradoxes of visibility in neoliberalism: what kinds of justice is (not) afforded by recognition and inclusion in contemporary popular culture

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