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February 4, 2017

February 13, 2017

  • REEL Engagement: Bronx Princess
    Stevens Theatre
    The 2009 documentary Bronx Princess reveals the complexities of identity  for a young African woman living in New York City and trying to establish her own identity as she transitions from high school to college. Rocky is the daughter of of ““Auntie” Yaa Otoo, a Ghanaian immigrant owner of a Bronx beauty shop. Rocky is bright, vivacious, popular and poised to graduate from high school and be the first woman in her family to attend college — on a full scholarship at that. But Rocky wants nothing more than to escape her mother’s values, which she sees as stifling. In the summer between high school and college, Rocky will travel to Ghana to visit her father, who is a traditional chief of the Ga people. The summer proves an eye-opening one for the young woman–on many levels.

March 6, 2017

  • REEL Engagement: The World Before Her
    Stevens Theatre
    The 2013 documentary presents two contrasting versions of womanhood and seemingly different responses to the challenges of contemporary Indian society. The World Before Her is a fascinating portrait of two women and two Indias. It reveals a world of startling contrasts between urban and rural, jeans and saris, consumer culture and poverty, where rapid economic development fuels a sharpening conflict between tradition and modernity—especially when it touches on women and religion. In focusing on two particularly thoughtful young women—one a militant Hindu nationalist, the other a contestant for Miss India—The World Before Her provides a timely account of a multi-faceted, often confusing clash over values and the future of the world’s largest democracy.


Michael DeCesare, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Sullivan Hall 303A



Shiela Breen

Administrative Assistant 

Sullivan Hall 303