American Indians in Cinema, 7 p.m., East Auditorium
Native Americans on Screen and Behind the Scenes discussion is Nov. 7 at WSU Tri-Cities
RICHLAND, Wash. — How movies have produced, perpetuated and challenged the ways Native Americans are perceived will be discussed Nov. 7 at Washington State University Tri-Cities.
“American Indians in Cinema: Portrayals and Participation, Onscreen and Behind the Scene,” will be presented by Lance Rhoades, film historian and director of film studies at the Seattle Film Institute.
The 7 p.m. lecture is in the East Building Auditorium, 2710 Crimson Way, Richland. Admission is free and open to the public.
The public image of American Indians has been more defined by cinema than that of any other people in history. When one considers, for example, that as many as 25 percent of all films made from 1900 to 1950 were Westerns – which frequently represented American Indians as violent obstacles to progress – the lingering implications are staggering. Rhoades will lead a conversation that addresses the formidable role cinema has played, past and present, and will raise questions about identity, stereotypes and cinema that have no easy answers.
Rhoades is a Seattle-based cinema scholar who completed his graduate studies in Comparative Literature and Cinema Studies at the University of Washington, where he has taught several courses on American Indians in Cinema. He has also been a researcher and instructor in the University of Washington American Indian Studies Department and was a recipient of the UW’s Excellence in Teaching Award. Rhoades has presented talks in the Middle East, Asia and Europe on cultural history in film, and each year he teaches a course in the humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is director of film studies at the Seattle Film Institute, a faculty member of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program and a program director for the Mercer Island Library and Arts Council.
The Nov. 7 lecture is part of the 2013-2014 WSU Tri-Cities College of Arts and Sciences Season of Events. Co-sponsor Humanities Washington is a vital partner and a flagship non-profit that provides free educational and cultural programs based in the humanities. Humanities Washington is especially committed to serving the cities and rural communities on the eastern side of the state. For more information, visit www.humanities.org.