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Arts & Culture

2021 Scheidel Lecture: Horror Noire – Blacks in American Horror

11:30 pm - 1:00 am | 10 March 2021
Online | Free

Acclaimed academic practitioner Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman will expand on themes from her book Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror from the 1890s to Present and her eponymously titled 2019 documentary Horror Noire, to engage the audience in conversation about Blacks’ contribution to the horror genre, the contributions of women, and what horror can teach us about social justice.

This presentation is suitable for novice, intermediate, and expert participants.

Register to attend here

About Dr. Coleman:

Dr. Robin R. Means Coleman is Vice President & Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, and the Ida B. Wells and Ferdinand Barnett Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University. Dr. Coleman is charged with implementing diversity accountability processes, thereby coordinating efforts to counter racism and exclusion and promote equity and access. She works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students across Northwestern’s 12 schools and colleges on three campuses.

Before coming to Northwestern University, Dr. Coleman was on the faculty at Texas A&M University, the University of Michigan, the University of Pittsburgh, and New York University. At Texas A&M University, she was the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity. At the University of Michigan, she served as Associate Dean of Social Sciences in the Rackham Graduate School, as well as Chair of the Department of Communication Studies.

Dr. Coleman is the author of Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present (2011, Routledge) and African-American Viewers and the Black Situation Comedy: Situating Racial Humor (2000, Routledge). She is co-author of Intercultural Communication for Everyday Life (2014, Wiley-Blackwell). She is the editor of Say It Loud! African American Audiences, Media, and Identity (2002, Routledge) and co-editor of Fight the Power! The Spike Lee Reader (2008, Peter Lang). She is also the author of a number of other academic and popular publications. Her research and commentary have been featured in a variety of international and national media outlets. Her documentary film, Horror Noire, made its international premiere in 2019 to critical acclaim. To-date, Horror Noire has won the 2020 Rondo Hatton Award for Best Documentary and the 2019 FearNyc Trailblazer Award.

About the Scheidel lecture:

A long-standing tradition since 1998, this event honors Professor Thomas Scheidel’s lifetime of scholarship, teaching, and academic leadership by bringing distinguished scholars to the UW Department of Communication to meet and engage with faculty and students who are pursuing advanced studies in communication.

Please note that only registered users will receive the Zoom link for this event, 24 hours in advance. If you have not received the Zoom link by 2 PM on the day of the event, please contact Megan Jeffrey at mqj13@uw.edu.

Header Image: courtesy of Shudder

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