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Assistant Professor of Writing at The George Washington University

Shaft! at Ben’s Chili Bowl May 1

Ben’s Chili Bowl, a DC institution, hosts a monthly Classic Black Cinema Night; the next one is May 1: SHAFT! (1971), starring Richard Roundtree, directed by Gordon Parks, music by Isaac Hayes.


Film is free–but they encourage donations to Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit that supports local community groups is the city. Food is cheap!


Ben’s Chili Bowl Back Room / 1213 U Street NW
Monday, May 1

6:30 PM – Food and Film Introduction
7:00 – 9:00 PM – A Classic Black Film:  SHAFT!
9:00 PM – Film Discussion
9:30 PM – Retire to Ben’s Next Door

For the story of Shaft and its impact, listen to the Studio 360 feature, Shaft & Present.

History/images/politics talks next week

Some of you history-oriented and politically-oriented people might be interested in these talks next week.  Most deal with images as well as history:

Monday, Oct. 31, 4:00 pm: Washington History Seminar.  GW historian Tyler Anbinder will speak on “City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York.” 4:00-5:30 at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 6th floor Moynihan Boardroom. For more information and to register (required), click here.

Monday, Oct. 31, 12 Noon: DC MondayMichael Cornfield, GW Graduate School of Political Management, “From Campaign Memorabilia to Merchandise: The Development of Campaign Commemoratives in U.S. Presidential History.” 12pmat the GWU Museum (701 21st Street, NW).

Tuesday, Nov. 1Open Seminar. Graduate students in Prof. Christopher Klemek’s urban history seminar (HIST 6475) will host a public conversation with Camilo José Vergara, upon the publication of his latest book, Detroit is No Dry Bones. Vergara is a Chilean-born sociologist whose body of photographic work on the evolution of American cities has earned him the MacArthur “genius” grant, a Berlin Prize Fellowship and the National Humanities Medal. 4pm at the GW Museum, 701 21st St NW (free and open to the public).

Wednesday, Nov. 28:00 pm in MPA 310 (corner of H and 21st St.). Tad Devine, Chief Strategist for the Bernie Sanders for President Campaign, speaks on “How to Break into Politics with a Degree in History.”  RSVP here.



Eye-tracking records racial profiling by preschool teachers

implicit-bias_slide-81fe132c351f4f551842f8df1762c3e088b050cc-s800-c85Here’s a fascinating study that uses eye-tracking technology to record the implicit racial biases of preschool teachers. Their findings hint at just how deeply the visual code of race has worked its way into the ways Americans–both white and black in this case–see people, even children. Given that the technology tracks where someone is looking (and for how long, and in what order), what else could we use it to test for?