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"The Monolithic Media Myth: Struggle Over Representations of 'Blackness' in Television News"

The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies presents Dr. Libby Lewis speaking about representations of "Blackness" in TV news.

Thursday, May 14, 2009
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Room 135, Haines Hall
Bunche Library and Media Center
UCLA campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Dr. Libby Lewis is an IAC Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies Center at UCLA.

Dr. Lewis' work as a television news anchor/reporter for CBS and NBC is what motivated her interest in television news.  The lecture examines how notions of "Blackness" are circulated and resisted in the United States corporate television news media.  She examines how dominant readings of raced, gendered, sexualized subjectivities are exercised and struggled over in the knowledge production process of television news.  Her research project attempts to better understand how relations of power and representations of "Blackness" operate in corporate newsroom culture.  Dr. Lewis also examines television news and its professionalizing process; the ways in which "Blackness" is promoted through the lens of the dominant culture order and grid of intelligibility; how "Blackness" is placed spatially and geographically and how Black journalists negotiate race, gender, and sexuality difference in a heteronormative newsroom culture.

Dr. Lewis' lecture is part of the Bunche Center Circle of Thought Brown Bag Lunch Series.

Cost : Free and open to the public; pay-by-space and all-day ($9) parking available.

Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies310-206-8267 or 310-825-7403

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