Macalester professor to speak March 11 on 'Race, Media and Black Power in Popular Memory'
Dr. Jane Rhodes, author of Framing the Black Panthers: The Spectacular Rise of a Black Power Icon (The New Press, 2007), will speak about "Race, Media and Black Power in Popular Memory" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, in Room 126 (auditorium) of the John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts on the University of St. Thomas' campus in St. Paul.
Rhodes' talk, free and open to the public, is presented by the American Culture and Difference Program of the university's College of Arts and Sciences.
The scholar will discuss the power of mass media in constructing the social and political culture of race in the United States. Her focus will be "Black Power" activism in the late 1960s and the complex relationships between social movements and media institutions.
Dean for the study of race and ethnicity and professor and chair of American studies at Macalester College, Rhodes also has taught at the University of California-San Diego, at Indiana University School of Journalism and at the State University of New York-Cortland. Her first book, Mary Ann Shadd Cary: The Black Press and Protest in the 19th Century (Indiana University Press, 1998), began with research for her doctoral dissertation at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Her scholarly work centers on the study of race and mass media, the black press, media and social movements, and cultural studies.
For further information, call (651) 962-5649.