Program of African American Home Movies from the Smithsonian National Museum; Lecture by Racquel Gates

Thursday, April 8, 2021 - 7:00pm to Friday, April 9, 2021 - 5:00pm
Black Lives on Screen

The Department of Cinematic Arts at the University of Iowa invites you to two special events during week 8 of the Black Lives on Screen film and discussion series.

On Thursday, April 8, from 7:00-10:00 p.m., Ina Archer (Media Conservation and Digitization Assistant, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture) will introduce and screen a program of African American Home Movies selected from the collections of the Smithsonian National Museum of African History and Culture, followed by a conversation with Associate Professor Racquel Gates (College of Staten Island, CUNY). This discussion will be hosted by Corey Creekmur, Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts, and will be followed by questions from the audience. 

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On Friday, April 9, from 3:30-5:00 p.m., Professor Gates will present “Beyond Representation: Theorizing Cultural and Emotional Resonance in American Film,” followed by a discussion with the audience. Professor Gates is the author of Double Negative: The Black Image and Popular Culture (Duke, 2018), among many other publications in both scholarly journals and mainstream media. In 2020, she was named an Academy Film Scholar by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to conduct research on her next book, titled Hollywood Style and the Invention of Blackness. This lecture will be hosted by Christopher Goetz, Assistant Professor of Cinematic Arts.

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Free and open to all UI community members.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Erin Hackathorn in advance at or (319) 335-4034.