CLA Kern Lecture Series

The College of Liberal Arts

William A. Kern Lecture Series




Marita Sturken


Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication

New York University



Tuesday, December 4th

Time:    3:30 p.m.

Place:   Carlson Auditorium



Voids and Skyscrapers:  New Practices of Looking in Post-9/11 New York


As New York City has rebuilt Ground Zero in lower Manhattan in the wake of 9/11, memorialization, consumerism, high-end architecture, global finance, tourism, and security design have converged in the rebuilt landscape.  From the Observation Deck of 1 World Trade Center to the voids of the 9/11 memorial to the spectacular cathedral space of the Oculus transportation hub/shopping mall, the contradictions of urban renewal, all the result of fraught political maneuverings and the machinations of shadow global capital, reveal the increasingly digitized and elite gazes of the rebuilt global city.  

Marita Sturken is Professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, and associate faculty in the Department of Cinema Studies in NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She teaches courses in visual culture, cultural memory, and consumerism. She is the author of Tangled Memories: The Vietnam War, the AIDS Epidemic, and the Politics of Remembering (University of California Press, 1997), Thelma & Louise (British Film Institute Modern Classics series, 2009), and Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture (with Lisa Cartwright, Oxford University Press, Third Edition 2017), and Tourists of History: Memory, Kitsch, and Consumerism From Oklahoma City to Ground Zero (Duke University Press, 2007). Her from the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz.


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Event Snapshot
When and Where
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Open to the Public

Interpreter Requested