Visiting professor Ernest Mathijs to discuss representation in film 

Editor’s note: These events have been canceled for March 9 and 10. 

Ernest Mathijs, a professor in film and media studies at the University of British Columbia, will take part in the McGillicuddy Humanities Center’s exploration of “The Cinema of Colonization and Decolonization.” 

Mathijs will provide a brief introduction for a screening of the 1973 film “Coffy,” directed by Jack Hill, at 6 p.m. Monday, March 9, in Hill Auditorium in Barrows Hall. Mathijs also will lead a discussion after the film. 

At 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, Mathijs will present a talk titled, “Hunter without hunting grounds: The dispossessed wandered in 21st century film,” also in Hill Auditorium. Mathijs will trace the representation of “white trash” in film throughout the years and show how understanding of property ownership as an identity-affirming value informs current political discussions. 

The events are free and open to the public, and are supported by the Rising Tide Center, the McGillicuddy Humanities Center, the Department of Communication and Journalism, and the Distinguished Lecture series.