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Catherine Preston Dr.

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Film & Media Studies
Primary office:
785-864-1351
Oldfather Studios, room 208


Professor Preston's research interests include the role of visual culture in the construction of identity and memory. Her current project, funded by an AAUW fellowship, is a three-year study of girls' interaction with their visual environment. She teaches courses on film theory, visual culture, and the representation of race, class, and gender in visual media. Her book, In Retrospect: The Farm Security Administration Photographs and American Memory, is a study of the circulation and use of the photographs over the past 60 years.

Education

M.A. and Ph.D. from the Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania.


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2nd Annual American Indian Art & Culture Extravaganza 
Saturday, December 9 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Johnson County Community College, Atrium at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Free and open to the public
American Indian arts and crafts vendors, lectures of American Indian cultures and issues, performances by American Indian dancers, photos with American Indian Santa, exhibitions by American Indian community members, silent auction to benefit scholarships for American Indian students, traditional American Indian soup and bread sale, and more
For more information: 913-469-8500 or cais@jccc.edu

FILM - Out of State
Saturday, December 09 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
In 2007, the state of Hawaii outsourced the care of roughly 2,000 male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison in Arizona. Exiled thousands of miles from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances. As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate in Hawaii. Out of State explores questions of cultural and religious identity; the overabundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement. Join us for a moderated discussion led by Native-Hawaiian filmmaker and Out of State’s director, Ciara Lacy, and member of the Osage Nation, Jimmy Lee Beason II, M.S.W.

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