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American Dreams: Race, Religion, and U.S.Film
Friday, May 4, 2012 - 10:00am

The Portland Center for Public Humanities cordially invites you to a workshop with Jane Iwamura:

American Dreams: Race, Religion, and U.S.Film

Friday, May 4, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Neuberger Hall 407 | 724 SW Harrison

The workshop will be centered around Iwamura's work-in-progress: American Dreams: Contemporary Reflections on Race, Civil Religion, and U.S. Film.  This comparative ethnic studies project examines the works of four influential filmmakers—Spike Lee, Gregory Nava, Chris Eyre, and Justin Lin—and the critical commentaries that their films make on American conceptions of inclusion citizenship, belonging and success.  The study continues Iwamura's research in the areas of American civil religion, popular culture, and race, and explores how the medium of film acts as a powerful communicator of civic and religious values and meaning.

To receive a copy of the workshop paper, contact us at

Jane Naomi Iwamura is Visiting Scholar and Lecturer in Asian American Studies at UCLA.  She is the author of Virtual Orientalism: Asian Religions and American Popular Culture (Oxford 2011) and the co-editor of Revealing the Sacred in Asian and Pacific America (Routledge 2003).

This event is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the English Department and the Diversity Action Council Grant. If you have questions concerning access or accommodations for a disability please contact us at Early requests are encouraged; a week will generally allow us to provide seamless access. 

You might also be interested in this event: Jedi Masters, Karate Kids, and Kung Fu Pandas: Reimagining American Religions for a New Generation. Lecture by Jane Iwamura.