#OscarsSoBlack? A Conversation about Hollywood’s Racial Politics


Join diverse film community members from the realms of directing, writing, acting, and criticism for a discussion about the extraordinary shift from last year’s #oscarssowhite situation, to the historic number of Black nominees for 2017 Academy Awards.


This informal conversation will consider the Oscars as a platform for artists of color, racial diversity (or lack thereof) in roles for people of color in mainstream film, the shifts the Academy made this year to diversify its voting members and slate of nominees, and the needs and struggles of independent and alternative media by, about and for people of color.

Moderated by film scholar and BCH curator Jacqueline Stewart (UChicago), with panelists film writer and scholar Nick Davis (Northwestern), film critic, programmer and lecturer Sergio Mims (SAIC), film, literature and Black culture writer Miriam Petty (Northwestern), and filmmaker and visual artist Jennifer Reeder (UIC).