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Wayne Exhibit Announcement and Panel Discussion

December 4, 2019, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

SCI 106 Theater

Examining Yesterday's Culture Through Today's Eyes

Join us as SCA continues its conversation about the John Wayne exhibit. Engage with a panel of experts from the Autry Museum of the American West, California African American Museum and USC Fisher Museum.

Following the panel SCA will announce its plans for the exhibit

Wednesday, Dec 4
5:30 p.m. pizza
6:00 p.m. panel
School of Cinematic Arts, SCI 106 Theater
Please RSVP using "Make Reservation" link

About the event: The School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) continues its conversation about the Wayne exhibit with a panel discussion and Q&A titled Examining Yesterday’s Culture Through Today’s Eyes. Expert guests will include W. Richard West Jr., Selma Holo and George O. Davis; all of whom have extensive experience running large museums. Earlier in the semester SCA hosted a forum after students protested a long-standing exhibit highlighting the career of John Wayne. The discussion brought to the foreground concerns over how SCA should present Wayne’s legacy in light of the controversial 1971 Playboy interview. Students also stated that the Western genre, for which Wayne is most well known, needs to be contextualized to present perspectives of Native Americans and women who were often marginalized. The forum produced recommendations that SCA administration agreed to factor into the decision about the future of the exhibit. Panelists will discuss their experiences with controversial exhibits that feature contested materials followed by Q&A. The event will conclude with an announcement about the future of the Wayne exhibit. 

Examining Yesterday’s Culture Through Today’s Eyes is open to the public, and all USC students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend. The event will be held in the School of Cinematic Arts, SCI 106 theater from 6:00-8:00 p.m.. Pizza and drinks will also be served in the lobby beforehand, starting at 5:30 p.m.. RSVP to reserve space.

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Contact Information

Name: Council for Diversity and Inclusion
Email: diversity@cinema.usc.edu