About Deborah Riley Draper

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Lecture format will be an extended, on-stage interview led by Nzingha Kendall, a PhD candidate in the Department of American Studies at Indiana University Bloomington.

Named by Variety as one of “10 Documakers to Watch” in 2016, the veteran advertising executive Deborah Riley Draper has launched her career as a documentary filmmaker with two features which present the perspectives of Black American cultural icons that have contributed to shaping American history, often in ways not yet recognized, from the impact of the first Black models in the world of high fashion to the early African American Olympians who inspired on the field and beyond.

This series is sponsored by the Black Film Center/Archive, Themester at the College of Arts and Sciences, Elizabeth Sage Historic Costume Collection, Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, National Sports Journalism Center, Center for Documentary Research and Practice, The Media School’s cinema and media arts program, the Department of History, and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Emma Young.

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