Dr. Omari Dyson to Speak at Faculty Brown Bag Lecture Series

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CEHSS) Interdisciplinary Research Committee at SC State University will host a Faculty Brown Bag Lecture Series on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at noon in Staley Hall Auditorium.

Dr. DysonThe Faculty Brown Bag Lecture Series introduces SC State faculty to the initiatives taking place within the College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences and encourages collaborative research projects between disciplines. The series also provides a congenial atmosphere for colleagues to share thoughts and ideas.

Dr. Omari Dyson, assistant professor of teacher education at SC State University, will serve as guest speaker. Dyson’s topic will be: “When Machetes and Vaginas Wield Power: Representations of Liberation Acts in Burn!” and “Xica da Silva.”
During his lecture, Dyson will provide an analysis on the Caribbean and Brazilian films, “Burn!” (Pontecorvo 1969) and “Xica da Silva” (Diegues 1976). 

By utilizing post-colonialism, Dyson will concentrate on the epoch that shaped these films’ development, and demonstrate how the main film characters, Jose Dolores (Evaristo Marquez) and Xica da Silva (Zeze’ Motta), orchestrated rebellions to secure their freedom. 

Although these films were packaged and manufactured as entertainment, they serve as vital educational and historical texts to understand how power influenced both characters to demonstrate reformatory and revolutionary behaviors to maintain their subjectivity.

Individuals interested in becoming a Brown Bag Series lecturer for the 2010-2011 school term, or those interested in receiving additional information should contact Dr. Angela Shaw-Thornburg at (803) 536-7944, or via email at ashawth@scsu.edu. You may also contact Mrs. Giselle White-Perry at (803) 536-8803, or via email at gwhite12@scsu.edu.