12 Years a Slave Roundtable Film Discussion


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  • Host Department: Institute for the Humanities
  • Date: 11/14/2013
  • Time: 12:30PM - 2:00PM

  • Location: 202 S. Thayer, #1022

  • 12 years a slave
  • Description:

    A panel of University of Michigan faculty will discuss the implications of the recently released film 12 Years a Slave, by director Steve McQueen. The release of this cinematic adaptation of the 1853 narrative by Solomon Northup presents a unique opportunity to discuss depictions of American slavery in popular media from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

    Event co-sponsored by the Institute for the Humanities and the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies.

    Panel participants:

    • Michael Awkward, Gayl A. Jones Collegiate Professor of Afroamerican Literature and Culture
    • Frieda Ekotto, Professor of Comparative Literature & Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies
    • Xiomara Santamarina, Associate Professor of English, Afroamerican and African Studies & American Culture
    • Rebecca Scott, Charles Gibson Distinguished University Professor of History & Professor of Law

    The Michigan Theater will show the film following this roundtable, at 2:45 (in addition to other regularly scheduled screenings; see michtheater.org for showtimes). Matinee ticket prices will apply.