Gender Symp.: "Hunger in America and the 'Power of Television': Gender, Race, and the Politics of Hunger in 1968”
Fri, April 19, 2013 • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM • GAR 1.102
The Department of History's Graduate Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality presents:
"Hunger in America and the 'Power of Television': Gender, Race, and the Politics of Hunger in 1968”
A talk by Dr. Laurie Green, Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin.
Includes the screening of Hunger in America, CBS News television documentary, dir: Martin Carr and Peter Davis, 1968.
Based on her work-in-progress, "The Discovery of Hunger in America: The Politics of Race, Poverty, and Malnutrition after the Fall of Jim Crow," Professor Laurie Green will present and discuss the prize-winning CBS television documentary, Hunger in America, directed by Martin Carr and Peter Davis. First aired in the globally tumultuous month of May 1968, the broadcast drew more attention and provoked more controversy than had any television documentary to date. Reactions included college students deciding to volunteer in the antipoverty movement, viewers sending money and food to mothers and children interviewed in the program, and congressmen denouncing the film and initiating investigations by FBI officials and the Federal Communications Commission into its veracity.
The Symposium on Gender, History, and Sexuality has been a fixture in Department of History since 2001, offering a forum for graduate students and faculty to present papers and works-in-progress for discussion in a relaxed and collegial atmosphere.