Stars, Race, and Ideology in America | Newberry

Stars, Race, and Ideology in America

Thursday, March 10, 2016

9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Led by Miriam Petty, Northwestern University
Full, wait list available
Newberry Teachers' Consortium

This seminar will invite participants to explore and understand Hollywood movie stars and stardom as vehicles for American beliefs, myths, anxieties, hopes, wishes, and fears. With a special emphasis on African American film stars from the 1930s to the present, we will consider stars in terms of what ideas and ideologies they emphasize or conceal, and what they reveal about American culture by virtue of their popularity and the roles they play. We will also discuss ways of using stars as powerful, complex symbols for teaching students to think critically about American culture.

Cost and Registration Information 

Newberry Teachers’ Consortium members may register for this seminar through their designated membership contact as space permits. Non-member educators may register for this seminar by purchasing an individual membership at the time of registration. Registration for all NTC seminars opens Wednesday, September 2, 2015. For more information about NTC membership, please contact Charlotte Ross, Teacher Programs Manager, at

The seminar will be followed by a catered lunch. Registrants should RSVP for lunch to assist Teacher Programs staff in reducing waste.

A link to the assigned pre-readings for this seminar will be distributed to participants via email.

If you believe you are registered for this seminar but have not received an email confirmation or reminder, please contact Teacher Programs staff.

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