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Celluloid Savagery: American Indians, Hollywood, and the Malformation of National Identity
A course presented by the Open MINDS Institute in collaboration with Quick Center for the Arts
The idea of the American Indian has been central to the imagining of the frontier and U.S. National Identity, with Hollywood playing the leading role in the twentieth century in producing the Indian for American consumption. This course examines Hollywood’s representations of the “savage” American Indian and its implications for national identity, as well as Native American filmmakers’ appropriation of film to flip the malformed Hollywood script and U.S. National identity. Films discussed in this course include John Ford’s The Searchers, Michael Mann’s The Last of the Mohicans; Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves; Chris Eyre’s Skins. The course will culminate with a trip to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in NYC.
Instructor: Peter Bayers, Ph.D.
Bayers is a Professor of English and the Director of American Studies at Fairfield University where he teaches a range of courses in American literature and American Studies. He publishes widely as a scholar of the literatures and cultures of the American West and Native American Studies. Dr. Bayers also works regularly on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation with the Connecticut based non-profit Simply Smiles to provide bright futures for Lakota children and their families.
REGISTER ONLINE through the Quick Center Box Office.
Courses are $290 each. Quick Center for the Arts Member price per course is $275. Enroll in two or more courses and enjoy a discounted price of just $250 per course.
About Open MINDS Institute
Open MINDS Institute is an exploratory “classroom without walls” presenting topical seminars and workshops. Guided by master professors, your commitment to the “life of the mind” is rewarded with stimulating, topical ideas. These classes are entirely participatory, seeking ongoing dialogue between teachers and students as a learning partnership. This year marks new collaborations with the Fairfield University College of Arts and Sciences and Pequot Library.