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Implications of blackface examined, Dec. 6

A town hall meeting on the historical significance and contemporary implications of blackface and other exploitative images will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in Liberation Hall at the Fields Center.

Noliwe Rooks, associate director of the Center for African American Studies, will lead the discussion. Rooks' research focuses on the study of class and gender in African American communities during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The conversation also will feature Miriam Petty, a postdoctoral fellow in race/ethnicity studies in the Society of Fellows and lecturer in English. Petty's work focuses on the role of American media and popular culture in shaping conceptions of race and ethnicity.

The meeting is sponsored by the Fields Center, Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, Black Student Union and Office of the Vice President for Campus Life.

For more information, contact Makeba Clay, director of the Fields Center.

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