Richard West's NCA Presidential Initiative
Responding to ongoing public discussions about race and identity,
this panel is an interactive dialogue about how race and identity are represented,
articulated, constituted, and enacted in various ways in American culture, from
political discussions to popular culture, in the news media and among citizens
in everyday conversation. This event was held on March 20, 2014 at Emerson College in Boston, MA.
|Harvey Young, an Associate
Professor in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University, is an award-winning author and an
internationally recognized authority
on African-American culture and the
performing arts. Professor Young
is the author of Embodying Black
Experience and Theatre & Race,
and co-editor of Performance in the
Borderlands and Reimagining
A Raisin in the Sun: Four New Plays.
||Anne Demo is an Assistant
Professor in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse
University. Professor Demo’s work explores
the relationships between visual/digital rhetoric and
U.S. cultural politics. She is the co-editor of Rhetoric,
Remembrance, and Visual Form: Sighting Memory.
||Kimberly McLarin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Writing, Literature & Publishing at Emerson College. She appears
regularly on the Emmy Award-winning
show Basic Black, Boston’s long-running television program
devoted to African-American themes, airing weekly on
WGBH-TV. Professor McLarin is the author of four books,
including Jump at the Sun, which was chosen as a 2007 Fiction
Honor Book by both the Massachusetts Center for the Book
and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
Her new memoir, Divorce Dog, was published last year.
||Tom Nakayama,a Professor in the Department
of Communication Studies at Northeastern University,
studies intercultural communication and whiteness.
A former editor of the Journal of International and
Intercultural Communication, he is co-editor of the
Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication.
||Jeff Schaffer,a producer, writer, and director
for television and film, is currently the Executive
Producer of The League. His writing credits include
episodes of the television programs Seinfeld and
Curb Your Enthusiasm and the films Brüno and
The Dictator. He directed the 2004 film EuroTrip.
||Angharad N. Valdivia
is the Department Head
of Media and Cinema Studies at the Institute of
Communications Research at the University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign. In examinations of media studies and
contemporary mainstream popular culture, Professor Valdivia
combines the areas of gender studies with ethnic studies
and transnational studies. She is the managing editor of the
International Encyclopedia of Media Studies.