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'12 Years a Slave' Roundtable

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 2:56pm

Heads up for a great event next Friday, Franklin College faculty headline what's sure to be a substantive discussion in the lead up to this year's Academy Awards:

A roundtable panel on director Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" on Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. in Room 148 of the Miller Learning Center will bring together University of Georgia faculty members to discuss the Academy Award-nominated 2013 film. The event is the latest in an ongoing series of Cinema Roundtables sponsored by the UGA Jane and Harry Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

The panel of faculty members is Valerie Babb, professor of English and director of the Institute for African American Studies; John Inscoe, Albert B. Saye Professor of History and University Professor; Rielle Navitski, assistant professor of theatre and film studies; and Freda Scott Giles, associate professor of theatre and film studies. Richard Neupert, Wheatley Professor of the Arts, will moderate the discussion.

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The roundtable will "confront the challenges of adapting Solomon Northrup's memoir about slavery for contemporary movie audiences," Neupert said. "Is it good ‘history'? Is it good ‘cinema'?"

Great job faculty, and the Wilson Center. Events like these simply would not take place save for engaged faculty and motivated sponsoring units around campus.

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