Screening Strategic Ambiguity

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PT)
Jepson, Wolff Auditorium
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(509) 313-6662
Communications Studies Department

Dr. Joseph is an Associate Professor of Communication and the founding director of the University of Washington’s Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity.  Dr. Joseph studies contemporary representations of race, gender, and sexuality in the media.


Dr. Joseph will speak about her forthcoming book, Screening Strategic Ambiguity: Reading Black Female Resistance to the Postracial Lie, which looks at how African American women celebrities like Tyra Banks and Oprah Winfrey, cultural producers, and audiences challenge and resist post-racial discourse—the media-propagated notion that race and race-based discrimination are over. Black women’s resistance to disenfranchisement has a long history in the U.S. and today, some Black women in media use a different, more individual form of resistance by negotiating through strategic ambiguity.

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