Obama and the Oscars: Lights, Camera, Nationalism!

During the run up to the 2014 Oscars, film producers and executives have claimed that the election and re-election of President Barack Obama has erased racial lines and created a better country. They have also linked the ‘Obama effect’ to a spate of daring films about slavery and racial discrimination in the American past. This symposium brings together leading academics, critics, and film programmers to discuss the production, distribution and marketing of films in the age of Obama, as well as the ways in which Oscar-nominated films address the history of America and the Atlantic world.


Speakers include:

  • George Elliott Clarke, E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Toronto, and William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Professor of Canadian Studies at Harvard University.
  • Jasmine Cobb, Assistant Professor of Communication studies at Northwestern University.
  • Charles Coleman, Film Programmer for Facets Cinémathèque
  • Armond White, editor and film critic for City Arts.
  • Moderator: Daniel McNeil

Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Rosati Room 300, Richardson Library


African and Black Diaspora Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences





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