Issa Rae | November 2015

Nov 9, 2015
7PM - 9.30PM
Mandel Hall, 1131 East 57th Street, Chicago, IL

Get up close and awkward with producer, writer, and director Issa Rae. Rae will be in conversation with Jacqueline Stewart, UChicago Professor of Cinema and Media Studies.  Following the discussion, Rae will sign copies of her first book, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.  View the full conversation below!

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Presented by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture in partnership with the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs' Heritage Series, Arts + Public Life, the Committee on Creative Writing, UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media, Black Cinema House and the Seminary Co-Op Bookstores.


Oct 29, 2015 | Making Mirrors: A Look at the Work of Issa Rae
Black Cinema House, 7200 South Kimbark Avenue, Chicago, IL

A night of clips and conversation about comedy writer, actor and director Issa Rae's award-winning works The Misadventures of an Awkward Black Girl, Fly Guys, The Choir, and Ratchetpiece Theatre. As a precursor to Rae's appearance at the University of Chicago on November 9, join us for a lively round-table discussion on how the use of comedy in Rae's work addresses issues of representation, hyper-visibility and invisibility of black bodies in television and film. All attendees are required to laugh and speak their mind.

Program curated by Carris Adams (UChicago, MFA '15), with student panelists Jenn M. Jackson (Doctoral Student, Political Science, UChicago), Devin Mays (MFA Student, Visual Arts, UChicago) and Jared Richardson (Doctoral Candidate, African American Studies, Northwestern).