Honors Presents: Dr. Dan Flory - Audience, Implicit Racial Bias and Cinematic Twists in Disney Movie "Zootopia"
- Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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This presentation will argue that the recent Disney movie, Zootopia, while positively exploring the phenomenon of implicit racial bias, nonetheless leaves aside a huge swath of nonwhite viewers by not attending to their concerns or perspectives. By using the vehicle of fear that prey animals have for predators as a metaphor for race, its story primarily caters to white audiences and encourages them to consider what sorts of implications biased presumptions and predispositions might have on one’s fellow creatures. Through the use of different epistemological and thematic twists, this movie drives home its point of showing the negative impacts that implicit racial biases may have to white viewers, even as it largely overlooks the interests and points of view held by its nonwhite audience members.
Dan Flory is Professor of Philosophy at Montana State University. He is author of Philosophy, Black Film, Film Noir (2008) and co-editor (with Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo) of Race, Philosophy, and Film (2013). He has also written over thirty essays on philosophy, critical race theory, film, and the history of philosophy, which have appeared in venues such as the Western Journal of Black Studies, The Philosophy of Spike Lee, On Race: 34 Conversations in a Time of Crisis, Journal of World Philosophies, Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Projections: the Journal for Movies and Mind, Film and Philosophy, The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Film, and The Blackwell Companion to Film Noir. He holds Philosophy degrees from Carleton College (B.A.) and the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (M.A., Ph.D., Philosophy). He grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota and has taught at Montana State since 1996.
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