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Coe From Your Couch: Studying Layers of Meaning in Popular Culture: What the 'Notorious R.B.G.' Can Teach Us about the Intersections of Race & Gender

Coe From Your Couch: Studying Layers of Meaning in Popular Culture: What the 'Notorious R.B.G.' Can Teach Us about the Intersections of Race & Gender

Coe From Your Couch: Studying Layers of Meaning in Popular Culture:
What the 'Notorious R.B.G.' Can Teach Us about the Intersections of Race and Gender


 Communication scholars studying rhetoric believe that the images and words that circulate in popular culture are powerful. They reflect societal beliefs, and by studying these words and images, scholars can learn more about the convictions that shape a particular moment in time. In this talk, Theresa Donofrio (Robert Armstrong Associate Professor of Rhetoric at Coe College) and Alyssa Samek (Assistant Professor of Rhetorical Studies at Cal State Fullerton) examine popular representations of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as "The Notorious R.B.G." "The Notorious R.B.G." persona utilizes the memory of Christopher George Latore Wallace, also known as The Notorious B.I.G., to construct a relationship between Black masculinity and white femininity. When read through scholarship on race, Donofrio and Samek demonstrate that Ginsburg's "notorious" persona is used to inhibit -- not advance -- racial justice work even as it circulates alongside other anti-racist movements.

 

Tuesday, June 30
4:00 pm CDT

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