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>>Prof. Alan Nadel of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
>>will be delivering a
>>talk in Dewey Lounge on Wednesday, April 12 at 3:30,
>>on "Black Profiles in
>>White Space: The Fugitive, the Fugitive Slave, and
>>Rodney King."
>>      Prof. Nadel is widely published in the areas of
>>modern fiction,
>>film & television, and race.   Here is a description of
>>his current work:
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>>"Currently I am writing a book, Black Profiles:
>>Television, Race, and
>>American Public Space, examining the way television
>>created a mode of
>>understanding, in the 1940s and 1950s, that promoted
>>the tacit assumption
>>that public space is racially "white." Since no medium
>>of communication
>>other than television confers the same degree of
>>legitimacy or can
>>legitimize with the same speed and ubiquity, I am
>>considering the extent to
>>which, in America, television comprises the public
>>sphere and creates a
>>necessary condition of American historical
>>possibility.  My general aim is
>>to provide insight into some popular "notions" of
>>America, especially in
>>regard to race, by tracing their development through a
>>form of spectator
>>activity that has become commonplace in late-20th-
>>century American life.
>>To this end, I am documenting the ways that television
>>was constructed in
>>American consciousness--long before even five per cent
>>of American
>>households owned television sets--as a medium that
>>would provide access to
>>an unmediated "reality" and thus fulfill
>>technologically an American dream
>>grounded in the unarticulated presumption of visual
>>homogeneity. The book
>>is focused retrospectively through an examination how
>>this cultural history
>>informs the issues surrounding the Rodney King
>>incidents.
>>>From this work, I would like to give a talk that
>>examines how the film The
>>Fugitive participates in re-reading of the Rodney King
>>incident in such a
>>way as to evoke the black & white era of television so
>>as to erase the
>>problematics of the King video and thereby reconcile
>>notions of white
>>justice to the efficacy of a ubiquitous police state."
>>
>>       Please announce his lecture in your classes.
>>Thanks!
>>
>>Robyn Warhol
>>
>>Robyn R. Warhol
>>Professor of English & Director of Women's Studies
>>University of Vermont
>>Burlington VT  05405
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>>(802) 656-4282
>>
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Tina Green
Cultural Pluralism and Racial Equality Unit
461 Main Street
Burlington, VT 05405
(802) 656-8818
(802) 656-5235 fax