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Patricia Turner

"From the Superdome to the Oval Office: The Story Folklore Tells of Race in the 21st Century"



Rechler Room, LBC, Tulane University


Coffee served at 5 pm.

Sponsored with African & African Diaspora Studies, with additional support from the the New Orleans Gulf South Research Center.

About the Speaker

Patricia Turner is Vice Provost of Undergraduate Studies at University of California, Davis, where she is also a Professor of African and African American Studies and Professor of American Studies. She also serves as Director of the Reinvention Center at the University of Miami.

Vice Provost Turner recently completed her fourth book, Crafted Lives: Stories and Studies of African American Quilters (University of Mississippi Press, 2009). Her earlier books include Whispers on the Color Line: Rumor and Race in America (with Gary Alan Fine) University of California Press, 2001, Ceramic Uncles and Celluloid Mammies: Black Images and Their Influence on Culture (originally published by Anchor Books 1994, reissued by University of Virginia Press, 2002), and I Heard It Through the Grapevine: Rumor in African-American Culture (University of California Press, 1993).

Turner has served as a consulting scholar on several documentary film projects. She conducted research for and appeared on camera in Marlon Riggs’ Ethnic Notions which received a national Emmy Award in 1989 for best research in a documentary. She also conducted research for and appeared on camera in his 1992 Peabody-award winning film Color Adjustment.

Turner’s commentary on issues related to folklore and popular culture is frequently sought by print, radio and television journalists. She has completed dozens of radio interviews including features on Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, and All Things Considered. Her book, I Heard It Through the Grapevine, inspired a story on ABC’s 20/20.

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