On Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 at SUNY Old Westbury, in the Student Union, the MA in Liberal Studies program presented a lecture delivered by Dr. Deborah Willis, titled "Critical Narratives in Visualizing the Black Body in Photography and Popular Culture".
Professor Willis has received numerous honors and awards for her path-breaking interdisciplinary work. Currently, she is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at New York University/Tisch and has an affiliated appointment in Africana Studies. Her many awards include a 2014 Richard D. Cohen Fellowship of African and African American Art History at the Hutchins Center, Harvard University; a 2005 Guggenheim Fellowship; a Fletcher Fellowship; and a 2000 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. Professor Willis has received the NAACP Image Award in 2014 for her co-authored book (with Barbara Krauthamer) Envisioning Emancipation. Other notable projects include The Black Female Body: A Photographic History with Carla Williams; Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers - 1840 to the Present; Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs (a NAACP Image Award Literature Winner), and Black Venus 2010: They Called Her ‘Hottentot.’
This event was a joint effort with the African-American Studies, American Studies, English, The First Year Experience Program, History, Modern Languages, Sociology, Visual Arts, Women's Center and the School of Arts & Sciences, with support from Academic Affairs ans Student Affairs at SUNY Old Westbury. For more information contact Professor Amanda Frisken from the American Studies Department at (516) 876-4853.