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Race and Visual Culture Lecture Series

1327 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-3200
1327 Circle Park Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-3200

(865) 974-2144

  • Date(s): October 18, 2018 to October 18, 2018
  • Event Times: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Location: McClung Museum of Natural History & Culture

Herman Gray, Professor of Sociology at University of California, Santa Cruz, will give a lecture revisiting assumptions about the struggles over visibility and recognition in television coverage of the civil rights movement, “Transparency, Opacity, and the Black (Subject)ion of 20th Century American Television.” The talk is a part of the Sights of Power: Race and Visual Culture Lecture Series organized in conjunction with special exhibition "For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights," currently on display at the McClung.

Professor Gray is one of the foremost scholars of African American popular culture in the United States. His field-defining book Watching Race (1995) and the incisive Cultural Moves (2006) have made an indelible impact across several fields, including African American studies, visual culture studies, sociology, and American studies. His recent scholarship has explored paradoxes of visibility in neoliberalism: what kinds of justice is (not) afforded by recognition and inclusion in contemporary popular culture


Race and Visual Culture Lecture Series