(UN)Civil Mediations-A Civil Rights & Visual Culture Symposium

April 23-25, 2015

(Un)Civil Mediations: A Civil Rights and Visual Culture Symposium. The symposium focuses on the visual culture of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, exploring it from two perspectives: how visual representation became a crucial component of the legal and political struggle for civil rights and also how visual culture was itself transformed through engagement with this social movement.

Registration is not required for this event but seating is limited. Reserve your seat now any portion of the event here.

Thursday, April 23

Related Event: 

"Photography as a Medium of Change:  Practice, Politics, and History" Panel Discussion  

Film Screening: Scarred Justice: The Orangeburg Massacre, 1968 and   Q&A with producer Judy Richardson
7:30 pm, Danforth Campus, Steinberg Auditorium 

Friday, April 24

1:00 - 5:30 pm, Danforth Campus, Women’s Building Formal Lounge  

1:00 pm: Symposium: Introductions and welcome

1:10–2:30 pm: Resistance and Its Afterlife: Art, Film and Performance
Page McGinley, Washington University - Rehearsing Nonviolence: Towards a Performance History of the Civil Rights Movement
Michael Gillespie, Ohio University - Bear Witness: Contemporary Art and Civil Rights America
Courtney Baker, Connecticut College - Disobedient Cinema: Film as Terrain of Struggle in 12 Years a Slave and Selma  

2:45–4:15 pm: Framing Civil Rights: U.S. Comics and Civil Rights Movement
Qiana Whitted, University of South Carolina - Comics and Emmett Till
Jonathan W. Gray, John Jay College - Representing Reform: Sam Wilson, Luke Cage and Nixon’s America
Rebecca Wanzo, Washington University - The Content of Our Caricature 

4:30 pm: Keynote Address
Leigh Raiford, Associate Professor of African American Studies, University of California at Berkeley
Watching with Dispassion: Civil Rights Movement Photography and Its Legacies  

Saturday, April 25

2 pm, Missouri History Museum, AT&T Multipurpose Room
Post-Race? Interrogations, Provocations & Disruptions Lecture Series
Salamishah Tillet, University of Pennsylvania - “My Ghost Is Holding On”: Nina Simone, Freedom and the Art of the Contemporary 

A Law, Identity and Culture Initiative in the School of Law event, co-sponsored by American Cultural Studies and African and African-American Studies programs, the Department of Art History and Archaeology, and the Center for the Humanities in Arts and Sciences; the Office of the Provost Diversity and Inclusion Grant; Washington University Libraries; and the Missouri History Museum.

Contact: Gail Boker, Law, Identity and Culture Initiative, School of Law, (314) 935-6458