Madea’s Big Scholarly Roundtable

Wednesday, November 28

Madea’s Big Scholarly Roundtable

Panel discussion: 5 PM, Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive

Screenings with audience talkback: 9:30 AM, Madea’s Family Reunion; 1 PM, The Family That Preys

Annie May Swift Auditorium, 1920 Campus Drive

The Department of Radio/TV/Film and the Block Cinema invite you to a daylong symposium culminating in a live panel discussion of the work of media mogul Tyler Perry. Madea’s Family Reunion will be screened for free at 9:30 AM, while The Family That Preys will be screened for free at 11 AM; both films will be shown in the Annie May Swift Auditorium, 1920 Campus Drive. At 5 PM in the Block Museum of Art a panel of five high profile scholars of Performance Studies, Film and Television Studies, African American Studies, English, Gender Studies, and Cultural Studies will engage in a lively debate on Perry’s work from the perspectives of religion, race, class, gender, and sexuality.


Presenting at the panel will be Mark Anthony Neal (professor of black popular culture in the Department of African & African-American Studies, Duke University), E. Patrick Johnson (Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, Northwestern), Racquel Gates (assistant professor in the Department of Media Culture, CUNY College of Staten Island), Daniel Omotosho Black (novelist and professor of English, Clark-Atlanta University), and Brittney Cooper (assistant professor of women’s and gender studies and Africana studies, Rutgers University). Miriam Petty (assistant professor of Radio/TV/Film and African American Studies, Northwestern) will moderate.


Madea’s Big Scholarly Roundtable is co-sponsored by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities; Block Cinema; the Black Arts Initiative; Departments of Radio/TV/Film, of African American Studies, and of Performance Studies; the School of Communication; the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program; the Screen Cultures Program; and the Center for Screen Cultures.


The symposium is free and open to the public.