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CLS Class Highlight – Exploring Race and Gender in Film

race and gender in film

What class?

Exploring Race and Gender in Film

Why is it cool?

Are you interested in understanding inequity in America? Or how inequity marginalizes people? Or how understanding inequality interferes with opportunities for lifelong learning? Disparity in the United States is not a tradition of the past, but continues to exist in the 21st century on many fronts. Dr. Paul Ketchum’s offering of Exploring Race and Gender in Film takes students on an unconventional quest from slavery through Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement and the Post Civil-Rights Movement for undergraduates and graduates by investigating inequality through film.

As a former teacher in South Central Los Angeles, Dr. Ketchum impassionately got involved in researching and teaching as a way to bring awareness to discrimination and ultimately make society a better place. Dr. Ketchum’s goal is simple: he wants to help his students identify and analyze racial and gender inequality in films, as well as guide them in in-depth conversations to better understand disparity in the United States.

To challenge our perception of the world, move forward and make a difference, we have to know where to look for and recognize imbalance. Inequality is not a confined term to simply race or gender. It also includes class, educational opportunities and society. A common thread that runs through discrimination is the idea that one group is significantly diminished or disenfranchised, while the other group has inflated power. With a heightened awareness of where and how frequently inequality prevails, students can take that newfound knowledge, go out into the world and begin changing society, making it a better place for generations to come.

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Deah Caldwell
Deah Caldwell is a Future Student Services advisor for the College of Liberal Studies. In 2010, she earned her master’s degree in History from the University of Central Oklahoma. She also contributes to Insight magazine, the CLS blog and CLS web content efforts.

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