Guest Talk: Fantasy and Reality in Visual Media, with Benjamin Mensah, Joanna Arcieri & Kidest Fikremariam, Monday, 4/15, 6-7:30pm

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Please join us for panel discussion on Fantasy and Reality in Visual Media.


Benjamin Mensah’s topic is “The Black Body in World War Z”. Ben is a master's student in the Philosophy and Education program at Teachers College. Growing up in both Ghana and New York City, Ben attended Hunter College where he triple majored in philosophy, religion and English literature. He worked at the Iola Daycare Center as a teacher’s aide and currently runs a construction business during his free time. Ben enjoys reading, walking and biking.


Joanna Arcieri’s topic is “Bakhtin’s Carnival in Reality TV’s ‘Love Island’". Joanna is a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia Journalism School. She is interested in the relationship between local media and political machines as well as the intersection of reality television and politics. Prior to joining the PhD program, she worked on political campaigns in Hudson County, NJ and as a freelance journalist. Her work has appeared on Buzzfeed and Jersey Digs. She holds in MA in Media Studies from The New School and a BA in Film Studies from Mount Holyoke College. 


Kidest Fikremariam’s topic is “Trauma Art and Celebrity Culture: The Paparazzi of Amy Winehouse". Kidest joined The Klingenstein Center in 2017. As program associate, she serves as executive assistant to the Director and provides general administrative management and support for all Klingenstein programs. Prior to joining the Klingenstein Center, she worked as an ESL teacher in Osaka, Japan as part of the Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. She holds a B.A. in political science and East Asian languages and cultures from Columbia, and has studied at the School of African and Oriental Studies in London, as well as International Christian University in Tokyo.


This event is co-sponsored by the Film and Education Research Academy (FERA). The speakers will be introduced by Professor John Broughton of the Arts and Humanities Department.


Persons interested in attending may rsvp with their details by Friday, April 13th.


Where: 104b Russell



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