Birth and Rebirth of a Nation

The New School for Public Engagement is a division of The New School, a university in New York City offering distinguished degree, certificate, and continuing education programs in art and design, liberal arts, management and policy, and the performing arts. | Birth and Rebirth of a Nation considers current issues of race and representation in the media and beyond. D.W. Griffiths notorious white supremacist manifesto is discussed in the context of contemporary developments in an attempt to reconcile the racial imagination of the average American of today with that of the average American of less than a century ago, when The Birth of a Nation was the most popular film of the day. Speakers analyze recent scholarship on racism in the period of the film and examine the films legacy and continuing impact. How do we think critically about the contested notion of a post-racial America as we look back at history? How has the social, political, and cultural context that created The Birth of a Nation transformed over time? Organized on occasion of the Vera List Center's 2009-2010 program theme, Speculating on Change. Colloquium: Speakers include David Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale University; Bill Gaskins, photographer, essayist, and professor of Photography and Art History, Parsons The New School for Design; Michelle Materre, Assistant Professor, Media Studies and Film, The New School for General Studies; and Michele Wallace, professor of English, Womens Studies and Film, CUNY Graduate Center and City College of New York.