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Behind the Scenes: Diversity in Film & Media

February 15th: Masculinity and Vulnerability: Challenging the Stigma, The Mask You Live In. Film & Talkback, 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Towers 110 (Collaboration with WGSS)

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men. Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.
Potential Resources: 
1. Tough Guise (YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PS_0qCEsapI)
2. Colin Stokes: How movies teach Manhood https://www.ted.com/talks/colin_stokes_how_movies_teach_manhood?language=en#t-331703
3. 48 Things Men Hear in a Lifetime https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk8YmtEJvDc 

February 22nd: Stereotypes and Tokens: Minority Representation in Pop Culture, 7 p.m. in Towers 117
According to the Critical Media Project, media creates meaning about race and ethnicity and plays an important role in shaping the way we understand race and ethnicity as part of our identity, our history and our social institutions. Racial and ethnic minorities are proportionately underrepresented in the media relative to their populations. Stereotypes are often misused to portray various racial groups in popular television and film thus providing viewers with a single story. The workshop will explore these representations of minorities using a variety of different media sources to foster the participant discussion. 
Potential Resources: 
1. Dark Girls (Netflix) 
2. Good Hair (Amazon, $3.99) 
3. Black Men in America (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yveGB1VGGB8) 
4. Latino Stereotypes and Representation in the Media (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2o8osmVGRQ) 
5. Reality TV shows; Love and Hip Hop, Real Housewives of Atlanta, Flavor of Love, For the Love of Ray J, The Bachelor, etc. 
6. Disney Films

March 14th: Invisibility in Mainstream Media, 7 p.m. in Towers 117
The representation of individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities in mainstream media is limited. Furthermore, when disabled individuals are included within film, television and magazines there is a lack of accurate and respectful portrayals highlighting their lives. There are many stereotypes the media uses to represent disabled populations that often follow the inspirational, villain, or comic relief paradigm. The workshop will encourage participants to dive into a critical analysis of The Hunger Games series and the depiction of physical and mental disabilities throughout. 
Potential Resources: 
1. Tedx- Michael Berube- Humans, Superheroes, Mutants, and People w/ disabilities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7VEMQEsy4s 
2. The Hunger Games Series 
a. http://thelifeguardlibrarian.tumblr.com/post/20353022628/race-disability-and-gender-in-the-hunger-games 
b. https://prezi.com/ivlry1vsywcv/the-hunger-games-and-disability/
c. https://feministdisabiltystudiesblog.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/disability-lost-in-the-translation-of-the-hunger-games-2/ 

March 15th: The Religion of Beauty: How America Shapes its Following, 7 p.m. in Towers 110 (Collaboration with AASU and WGSS)
Across media outlets, female and male stereotypes continue to thrive though many would argue that strides have been made in how women in particular are portrayed in film, television and magazines. Mainstream media bombards children and adults with messages that women should be beautiful and sexy thus limiting the potential of women and negatively effecting young girls’ self-esteem, health and the way they treat others. Media often depicts black men as dangerous, hypersexualized and aggressive. Through this engaging workshop, participants will view clips from the critically acclaimed 2011 documentary film Miss Representation and discuss the unrealistic portrayals of women in mainstream media. 
Potential Resources: 
1. Miss Representation (YouTube & Netflix)
2. Girl Power: All Dolled Up (DVD) 
3. (48 Things Women Hear in a Lifetime) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yMFw_vWboE 
4. 48 Things Men Hear in a Lifetime https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jk8YmtEJvDc 

March 28th: The LGBTQ Experience as Told by Television, 7 p.m. in Towers 117
The first few decades of U.S. television rarely represented gay, lesbian and transgendered individuals. Once visibility for these groups increased within popular media, the depictions were often negative due to the intolerance within societal culture. However, from the 1990’s onward mainstream media began to include more LGBT issues and representation across television networks and film. The film Further Off the Straight & Narrow: New Gay Visibility on Television 1998-2006 will take workshop participants on a journey through portrayals of the LGBTQ community through media followed by a discussion of further initiatives to expand media representation. 
Potential Resources: 
1. Further off the straight and narrow: new gay visibility on television (OSU Library Rental)
2. The Celluloid Closet- A breakdown of the film portrayals of gay and lesbian individuals over the span of 100 years (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rhygdCjYrdk)
3. TV Shows; Will and Grace, Modern Family
April 11th: Behind the Scenes- Diversity in Film Series, Trip to Movie Theatre, 7 p.m.

Other Spring Semester Events

February 16th: The "Chosen" Ones: Perception of Malcolm and Martin, 7pm, Towers 239 (Guest speaker author Gabe Scott)
Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X - two very different men with a very similar goal: to end racial division and strife in the United States at a time when discrimination and violence were at all-time highs.
Their stories seem miles apart. One was raised as a devout Baptist; the other abandoned the faith early on and was later drawn toward Islam. One eschewed any form of violence; the other permitted it as a means of defense. Yet despite their many differences, Gabriel Scott reminds readers of the common goal that ultimately united the missions of these two men: to end the racial prejudice that had threatened the welfare and freedom of millions of African-Americans for far too long. 
As Scott examines the lives of these dynamic 1960s leaders in The ''Chosen'' Ones: Perception of Malcolm and Martin, he delivers a fascinating glimpse at each man's gifts, leadership style, strengths, vision, religion, and - ultimately - their untimely deaths. His insights culminate in an examination of what each man left behind: a powerful legacy that still inspires, motivates, and transforms the lives of men, women, and children from all backgrounds.

February 25th: Black in America Part 2, 7pm, Towers 110
In light of recent occurrences in our country, including the Otterbein campus, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Men of Vision and the Office of Diversity have partnered together to facilitate an open forum on the topics of race, privilege and proper advocacy. Both race and privilege impact all of us directly. Therefore, social justice work and activism are all of our responsibilities.

/ Office of Diversity

The Office of Diversity is located in Student Affairs in Hanby Hall.

Office Hours

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (academic year)

M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (summer)


James E. Prysock
p / 614.823.1312

Cherrelle Gardner
Assistant Director 
p/ 614.823.1589

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