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Connections: Films that don't hold up over time

Sep 5, 2017

Throughout time, you may go back and watch a movie that you loved as a child, but now, it plays differently to you. There's something that feels uncomfortable; something has changed. 

If you watch Coming to America, National Lampoon's Vacation, Dumbo, Peter Pan, and many other popular films, you'll find examples of racism, sexism, and homophobia.

This hour, we explore how perceptions of art -- particularly of films -- evolve over time. Our guests:

  • Jack Garner, longtime film critic
  • Lester D. Friedman, professor and former chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith College, and co-author of Monstrous Progeny
  • Bri Merkel, artistic director for The Little Theatre
  • Jonathan Ntheketha, actor, performance educator with Impact Interactive, and senior assistant director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Success in RIT's Division for Diversity and Inclusion
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