Skin

In conjunction with the Society for the Humanities, whose 16–17 focal theme is “Skin,” we present a series of films exploring both forms and functions of skin, films that reflect on “philosophical, aesthetic, political, ecological, psychoanalytical, and cultural understandings of skin.” (sochum.as.cornell.edu/focal_theme.html) Including melodrama, sci-fi, horror, documentary and more, these films invite viewers to think about skin as it relates to race, sexuality, gender, class, and ethnicity, and how it both connects and separates, not only people, but one’s very self.

The highlight of the series is the Ithaca premiere of the acclaimed new documentary by Raoul Peck, I Am Not Your Negro (2016), based on the writings of James Baldwin, which will be followed by a panel discussion with CU faculty members Kevin Gaines (ASRC), Russell Rickford (History), Samantha Sheppard (PMA) & Dagmawi Woubshet (English). “Masterfully addressing the American racial divide, past and present, director Raoul Peck’s six-years-in-the-making documentary, I Am Not Your Negro, is a galvanizing, ominous film, thrumming with a sense of history repeating itself.” (Time Out) The series is cosponsored with the Society for the Humanities.

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