Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2023

Degree Type

Capstone - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)




Melissa Nemon


Films and television shows such as D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation, Charles Correll and Freeman Gosden’s Amos ‘n’ Andy, and Victor Flemings’ Gone with the Wind have produced deeply rooted racial stereotypes that have had long-lasting negative cultural impact in America. The workshop Race/Ethnic Representation in Film and Television aimed to educate participants about the origins of racial/ethnic stereotypes in American film and television and the effects of the stereotypes on film and television today, as well as provide participants with tools to analyze the quality of representations so that, in the future, participants can analyze the media that they, their families, and their communities are engaging with. The workshop results confirmed a significant increase in understanding of the history behind racial/ethnic stereotypes in American film and television from the participants. The workshop also resulted in participants gaining tools to analyze the quality of representations, which then allowed for participants to share their media analysis tools with their families and communities to ensure that they are engaging with media that offers positive racial/ethnic representations.

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