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A Brief History of Optics and Individualism


Author Stuart Ewen, a historian and lecturer on media and consumer culture, will present a lecture titled “The ‘I’ and the Eye: A Brief History of Optics and Individualism” on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7:15 p.m., in the Bradford Auditorium, KJ. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Ewen has authored numerous influential books and articles in the field of media studies, and is considered one of the originators of the field. His book All Consuming Images: The Politics of Style in Contemporary Culture was the basis for the 4-part Peabody and Emmy award winning PBS series “The Public Mind.”  He is also the author of PR! A Social History of Spin and Captains of Consciousness. He launched and currently serves as the editor of two online publications: Rejected Letters to the Editor and Stereotype and Society.

He has taught at Hunter College since 1977 in the Media and Film Studies department, and has been a distinguished professor since 2001. Ewen has also directed the Master of Fine Arts program in integrated media arts at Hunter College, and teaches in the doctorate programs in history, sociology and American studies at the City University of New York Graduate Center.

The lecture is supported by the Foreman Memorial Fund, the Dean of Faculty and the Communication Department.

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