September 21, 2009

The Vera List Center presents “Birth and Rebirth of a Nation”

Vera List Center for Art and Politics

Vintage film poster for “The Birth of a Nation”
Courtesy of Photofest

The Birth of a NationBirth and Rebirth of a Nation

Saturday, September 26, 2009
The New School, Tishman Auditorium
66 West 12th Street, New York City
Admission: Free, reservations recommended at [email protected], or 212.229.2436.

The speakers hail from different areas of expertise including history, film, music, journalism, and photography. Presenting analyses of some of the most recent scholarship on slavery and racism, particularly as manifested during the conception, production and distribution of The Birth of a Nation, they examine the film’s legacy and reverberations today.


Screening I – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
D.W. Griffith, The Birth of a Nation, 1915, silent film, 180 minutes
Original sound score and live accompaniment by Michael Stein, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music

Colloquium – 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Speakers include
Douglas A. Blackmon, Author and Atlanta Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal
David W. Blight, Author and Professor of American History, Yale University
Michelle Materre, Assistant Professor of Media Studies and Film, The New School for General Studies
Miriam J. Petty, Professor of Film and Media Studies, Rutgers University-Newark
Michele Wallace, Professor of English, City University of New York
Introduced by Bill Gaskins, Photographer, essayist and Professor of Photography and Art History, Parsons The New School for Design

Roundtable – 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
All participants, moderated by Margo Jefferson
Associate Professor of Writing, Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts

Screening II – 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
DJ Spooky, Rebirth of a Nation, 2008, color, sound, 90 minutes
Followed by Q&A with filmmaker Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid)

Presented on occasion of the Vera List Center’s 2009/2010 program theme “Speculating on Change,” with support of The Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

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