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Apr 11 2024

A Second Sight: African American Mediamakers and the Promises of America – Dr. Sarah J. Jackson

COMM Colloquium

April 11, 2024

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM


Institute for the Humanities

In this talk I introduce my latest book project with a discussion of its primary provocation – that Black mediamakers have been central to developing and expanding definitions of equality, justice, liberty, and other founding American values. Presenting some of my in-depth interviews with many of today’s leading mediamakers, alongside archival and historical research, I illustrate the arch of interventionist work produced by Black mediamakers and consider how these mediamakers have been at the forefront of cultural and technological innovation.

Bio: Sarah J. Jackson is a Presidential Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania and co-Director of the Media, Inequality & Change Center. Her work engages deeply with critical theories of the public sphere, race, media, and social movements. Jackson's first book, Black Celebrity, Racial Politics, and the Press (2014), examines the relationship between Black celebrity activism, journalism, and American politics. Her co-authored second book, Hashtag Activism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice (2020), focuses on the use of Twitter in contemporary social movements. She was awarded an Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to support research on her forthcoming book, A Second Sight, which traces the power and innovation of African American mediamakers.


Zizi Papacharissi

Date posted

Sep 20, 2023

Date updated

Sep 20, 2023