LSU Reilly Center, Loyola School of Communication and Design to Partner on Racism Series, Host Conversation on Black Horror Film Pathology

Published 5:00 am Sunday, October 23, 2022

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs is thrilled to announce the School of Communication and Design at Loyola University New Orleans as the newest Racism Dismantling the System series partner. Loyola’s School of Communication and Design will make its debut in the next event in the series, “Looking in a Mirror: How Black Horror Film Pathology Supports Racist Tropes,” on Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. CT.

In season five, episode two of the series, experts will investigate the popularity of Black horror films and discuss the danger of plots and scripts that perpetuate harmful stereotypes of BIPOC people as disadvantaged or oppressed. Panelists will share ways viewers can be entertained while still being advocates. Panelists are as follows:

  • Ty Lawson, Moderator, The Marion M. and John S. Stokes Visiting Professor in Race and Culture in Media, Loyola University’s School of Communication and Design
  • Geretta Geretta, Writer | Director | Actress
  • Dagmawi Abebe (Dag), Director
  • Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour, Writer | Director

Sheryl Kennedy Haydel, Ph.D., director and associate professor at the School of Communication and Design at Loyola University New Orleans, is a former contributor to the series and played an instrumental role in establishing the partnership.

“We’re very excited to join the Racism: Dismantling the System series. This collaboration underscores our commitment to fostering ethical practitioners and leaders, as well as the Jesuit ideals of truth, service and justice,” Haydel said. “As a previous partner, I understand the incredible impact these conversations can have, and we’re proud to join the Reilly Center to not only facilitate critical dialogue, but also bring about real change in our communities.”

The episode will be hosted using Zoom and broadcast live on the Reilly’s Center Facebook page. Admission is free, but you must register in advance on Eventbrite to receive the Zoom meeting access code. The episodes will also be recorded and uploaded to the Manship School’s YouTube channel.

The School of Communication and Design is one of two schools housed in Loyola’s College of Music and Media and strives to educate students to become intellectual, ethical and creative practitioners and leaders in journalism, advertising, design, filmmaking and public relations.

Loyola’s School of Communication and Design joins the Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, Southern University and A&M College’s Nelson Mandela College of Government and Social Sciences, Louisiana Budget Project, NAACP Louisiana State Conference and the LSU Office of Diversity & Inclusion on their mission to facilitate necessary conversations about past and present inequities that inspire solution-oriented actions for a more just, inclusive and equitable society.