On 7 November 2013, George Mason University’s Film & Media Studies Program hosted a screening of the documentary The New Black, followed by a Q&A with director Yoruba Richen. The event was the latest in FAMS' Visiting Filmmakers Series, which brings a new film and artist to campus each semester.
Nanian is featured on the show to talk about the literature of war, revisiting some classic works that continue to resonate today and considering the emerging hallmarks of fiction about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Earlier this month Folklore Professor Debra Lattanzi Shutika and alum Kerry Kaleba were interviewed about the Field School for Cultural Documentation and the project at Arlington National Cemetery. You can here their interview podcast here.
For “The New Black,” the Visiting Filmmakers series features co-sponsorship from many Mason departments, including African and African American Studies, the Honors College, the LGBTQ Resources Program, Women and Gender Studies and others.
The New Black takes viewers into the pews and onto the streets as it tells the story of the historic fight to win marriage equality in Maryland and charts the evolution of this divisive issue within the black community.
More than 300 students, writing center directors, and administrators from Virginia, Maryland, and DC public and private schools will visit Mason on October 11, 2013, for the Third Annual Secondary School Writing Center Conference.