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Humanities Center

University Film Series

Through a Lens Darkly

Monday November 16 at 6:00 PM

(USA, 2014) 92 minutes. Directed by Thomas Allen Harris.   

 

Introduced by Quinn Winchell (Media Arts, Design, and Technology) followed by a curated discussion moderated by Dr. Nathaniel Heggins Bryant (English). 

The 2014 documentary Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People explores the history of black photography, particularly of the 20th century black family photo album, as a means of fundamentally disrupting the way that photography and film have been significant sources of racist stereotypes and white supremacist narratives about black people. The director, Thomas Allen Harris, is an award-winning and groundbreaking queer black artist, photographer, filmmaker, and academic, and Through a Lens Darkly won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Documentary, among a host of awards. 

    

This event is generously co-sponsored by the Book in Common, Meriam Library, the Humanities Center, Department of Art and Art History, Department of Multicultural and Gender Studies, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Art and Social Change

With the 2020-21 theme, Art and Social Change, the Humanities Center seeks to inspire discussion about the ways that art can help us understand the past, engage with current social concerns, and envision the future. Events will highlight interdisciplinary humanities research and creative activity on the impact of the arts on society, locally and internationally. Focusing on intersectional issues of social justice, including systemic racism, sexism, and economic disparity, we will engage scholars, students, and the community in conversation on how art reflects and provokes social change.