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Events for May 18, 2022

3:30 pm

Policing Blackness and Black Bodies: On Bert Williams’s A Natural Born Gambler (1916) – Althea Wasow, Institute of the Arts and Sciences, UC Santa Cruz

May 18 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
2135 SSMS Building, SSMS Building
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4010 United States
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This talk explores the production of racial difference and the policing of black men in the US through A Natural Born Gambler (1916), a predominantly black-cast silent film featuring Caribbean American star Bert Williams. By paying particular attention to film form and archival evidence, I reclaim the importance of Williams’s first Biograph comedy. I argue … Continued

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