Panel will examine racial bias in popular culture

Is there racial bias in popular culture? Do cultural stereotypes play into media coverage?

These questions will be explored Thursday, March 3 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with a panel discussion hosted by Brock University’s African Heritage Recognition Committee.

The following speakers and topics will be explored during the free community event:

  • Duke University alumnus Tamara Extian-Babluk presents her talk “Canadian myths and realities: slavery and racial inequality in Canadian history.”

She will discuss contemporary Canadian national identity and the dominant myths. She will show some slave ads and discuss slavery in Ontario/Upper Canada.

“I will talk a little about attitudes towards newcomers to Canada, and how Canadians are not always as welcoming as our contemporary national myths would suggest,” Extian-Babluk said.

  • Brock University’s Tamara El-Hoss talk is titled “Tina M. Campt’s Image Matters: Archive, Photography & the African Diaspora in Europe.” She will focus on photographs of black German subjects taken between 1900 and 1945, highlighting how the images depict a complex and potentially divergent narrative.
  • Brock University’s Richard Ndayizigamiye will explore symbolism of militancy in pop culture and its backlash with his talk “When the Foot is on the Other Shoe: Rereading Subliminal Messaging in Visual Arts.”

He will discuss embedded messages in portrayals of Black Haitian revolutionaries at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th centuries. He will also discuss lynchings in the United States and the Tyler Shields Project.

The event is taking place Sankey Chamber and is a free and open to the public.

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