Documentary on cultural theorist Stuart Hall to be screened at Princeton

April 7, 2014 4:11 p.m.

The Center for African American Studies will screen "The Stuart Hall Project," a documentary about the life of Jamaican-born sociologist and cultural theorist Stuart Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, in Robertson Hall, Room 002.

Directed by the English documentarian John Akomfrah, the film was an official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film festival but has not been screened widely in the United States. It features photo and video footage from Hall's own archive and a score by Miles Davis.

Hall, who died on Feb. 10 at the age of 82, is often referred to as the "Godfather of multiculturalism." He attended the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship and taught at the University of Birmingham and Open University.

Eddie Glaude Jr, the William S. Tod Professor of Religion and African American Studies and chair of the Center for African American Studies, studied with Hall.

"Stuart Hall was one of the towering intellectuals of our times," Glaude said. "The scope and breath of his work transformed disciplines and created new pathways of inquiry. From media studies, to cultural studies, to the New Left, one can barely think of the contemporary academy without mentioning his name.

"This film offers us a glimpse into his life, his journey and his ideas," Glaude said. "And it affords us an opportunity to honor him at Princeton."

The screening is free and open to the public.