Lecture: "From Invisibility to Justice: Women of Color Changing the Face of the Television and Film Industry"

What is it truly like to be a mixed-raced Latina; a Puerto Rican raised in the borderlands of Mexico; female; left-of-center; bisexual; feminist; Buddhist; a survivor of cancer, a cult, domestic violence, and sexual abuse; while living in the borderlands and to be considered subculture… in the United States of America?

Join Elisha Miranda, assistant professor of film studies at Eastern Washington University, as she discusses how her work is reshaping the film and television industries through her most current projects, which include the Go Girl Chronicles, her web series about an immigrant Dominican girl who is cartographic and discovering her powers as she comes of age in anti-dreamer world.

As a filmmaker, writer, educator and cultural activist, Miranda has powered through mainstream media barriers and stereotypes to explore answers to these questions, and hopefully to inspire the newest generation of artists to become no less than architects of authenticity through fearless imagination and activism. Miranda is a graduate of UC Berkeley, Columbia University, and MIT, a recipient of dozens of awards, the founder of three organizations, and a self-taught entrepreneur.

This talk is part of the lecture series But Some of Us Are Brave, which provides a platform for women/womxn junior scholars of color in honor of Women's History Month. These lectures provide opportunities to experience the outstanding intellectual production of women/womxn of color, and to see how that scholarship centers inclusivity and equity in academia and beyond.

In the 1980s, three black women scholars—Gloria T. Hull, Patricia Bell Scott and Barbara Smith—published a seminal text in understanding the placement of black women in academia. Titled All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, But Some of Us are Brave, this research considered the emerging fields of black studies and women studies and the frustration that black women felt as they attempted to incorporate black women’s scholarship in a scholarly landscape dominated by black men and white women. The work was groundbreaking because it established a space to consider the scholarly work and influence of black women in these fields, as well as narrating the experiences of black women scholars.

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