Current Schedule

Over the Winter 2018 Quarter, the Mass Culture Workshop will meet on Fridays at 11:00 am in Cobb 311, unless otherwise noted.

Jan. 25: David Bordwell, Jacques Ledoux Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“Explanations of Style/Styles of Explanation”

Feb. 8: Berthold Hoeckner, Professor of Music, University of Chicago.
“Melodrama, Modernity, and Bittersweetness”

Feb. 22: Aurore Spiers, PhD Candidate in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, University of Chicago.
“Blackface Performance(s) in Edgar Arceneaux’s Until, Until, Until… (2015)”
Respondent: Prof. Allyson Nadia Field, CMS

Feb. 27: Pedro Doreste, PhD Student in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies & Dalina Perdomo, Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts at Museum of Contemporary Photography.
“Silent Crises/Talking Pictures: The Dual Recoveries of Puerto Rico and its First Sound Film”
5:30pm, Foster 103
*This session will be co-sponsored by the Workshop on Latin America and the Caribbean.
Respondent: Carmelo Esterrich, Associate Professor of Humanities at Columbia College-Chicago

Mar 8: Meghanne Barker, Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences and Co-Chair of the Society of Fellows
“Emptying the Frame: Anticipating Absence in Return”
*This session will be co-sponsored by TAPS.
Respondent: Marissa Fenley, PhD student, English/TAPS

We are committed to making Mass Culture an inclusive and accessible environment for everyone. If there is anything we can do to facilitate your participation, or if you simply have questions, please do not hesitate to email Gary ( or Cooper (, your 2018-2019 workshop coordinators.

We look forward to seeing you!

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