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Breaking through the 4th Wall: Examining Racial Stereotypes

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
10:00am – 11:15am

Storrs Campus
Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium

The goal of this discussion based seminar is to engage the topic of racial stereotyping in the media, specifically through the channel and context of popular situational comedies. The seminar will examine the definition of stereotyping through a Communication centered lenses with emphasis on how the media uses and relies on stereotyping to tell their stories. From there, the seminar will engage audience members to consider how they perceive racial stereotypes that they encounter in their own television consumption and will ask them to consider the influence those portrayals have on perceptions of themselves and others. In an effort to make the content of this discussion more approachable, a variety of contemporary examples will be showcased with an opportunity for the audience to engage in some discussion on their perceptions of the stereotyping demonstrated in each scene. Clips from popular shows such as “Curb Your Enthusiasm” X and Y will be included amongst others. The goal of this session is to promote greater media literacy on the topic of media stereotyping as well as to help audience members walk away with a better sense of themselves and the role that media stereotyping plays in their day to day lives.

Presented by Rory McGloin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (COMM) and John Christensen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor (COMM)

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