Art and Authorship in Black Panther – October 17 in Dunwoody

The Sarah Larson Lecture Series is pleased to announce its fall event on the Dunwoody campus, Art and Authorship in Black Panther: Historical African Imagery in a Contemporary American Film. The lecture will be given by Dr. Amanda H. Hellman, Curator of African Art, Michael A. Carlos Museum, Emory University on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, from 1 p.m. in the C Auditorium (NC 1100) at Dunwoody. This event is free and open to the public. Professors are encouraged to bring their students.

Here is more information about the talk:

Black Panther, released in January 2018 to record-breaking commercial and critical success, tells the story of an African country that hides its wealth under the veil of a colonial-ravaged, impoverished nation. The film thus employs typical notions of African poverty—of health, wealth, and modernity—to subsequently break down such stereotypes. To do this, the film uses Pan-African imagery to embolden and empower at a time when African American political and social worlds and safety are being reexamined after decades of being disregarded by the mainstream. This talk asks who gets to take such liberties with visual material, what are the historical implications, and does it actually do a disservice to the cultures involved?


Additional event information may be requested by emailing Neeley Gossett at