FILM AND DISCUSSION SERIES TO LOOK AT STEREOTYPES OF AFRICAN AMERICANS IN 20TH CENTURY CARTOONS

Geneseo students Janine Giordano and Katie Steinnagel will present a six-part film and discussion series on stereotypes of African Americans in 20th century animated cartoons each Friday through April 9. The series is free and open to the public, and all programs will take place at 4 p.m. in Newton 209.

The series is titled "Coloring Black and White: Stereotypes of African Americans in 20th Century Cartoons," and is supported by the Vice President's Grant for Promoting Diversity Through Community, and Campus Auxiliary Services.

Giordano and Steinnagel are juniors from Westchester County. Giordano is majoring in

history, and Steinnagel is majoring in English and psychology, with a minor in Africana studies.

According to Giordano and Steinnagel, the following topics will be discussed during the series:

Feb. 20 - Introduction: Preconditions of African American stereotyping

Feb. 27- "Zippadeedoohdah, Zippadeeday!:" Images of Race, Class and Work

within Historical Context

Mar. 19- Hot mommas and maternal mammies: the duality of Black women's roles

Mar. 26- Recreating the Uncle Tom: the evolution of non-threatening

roles for Black men

Apr. 2- "Heathen by Nature?:" the recurrent stereotype of African Americans

as the heathen/cannibal

Apr. 9- Contemporary Media Montage

According to the student organizers, the program will consist of short lectures, followed by film showings and small group discussions with trained student discussion leaders. The student discussion leaders are Gjela Prenga, Josh Hyman, Kim Figueroa, Emily Day and Cindy Durand.

For more information, contact Steinnagel by e-mail at kas24@geneseo.edu or Giordano by e-mail at jmg20@geneseo.edu.

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