Overlooked Film Festival

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Kal Alston
Dr. Alston is an associate professor of philosophy of education and women's studies at the University of Illinois at Champaign, where she has worked since 1989. She has an appointment in Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory and is an affiliate of the Afro-American Studies and Research Program. She received her undergraduate degree, with honors, in Drama from Dartmouth College in 1980 and a Ph.D. in philosophy of education from the University of Chicago in 1989. Her current work involves analyzing difference as it is produced, maintained, and utilized in social and educational practices--resulting in a critique of simplifying and totalizing discourses around multicultural education, school reform, and cultural production. She is currently working on projects involving the representations of teaching in film and television--with particular emphasis on the curious race and gender omissions and elisions in the picture of who teaches. She is also involved in a reexamination of the feminist interventions in the production and consumption of popular female media (such as daytime drama and romantic fiction) by women.