In keeping with its mission to highlight some of the exciting contributions made by scholars in the Humanities to countless fields of research, the Center for the Humanities invites scholars from various disciplines to share their expertise with the Grinnell College community. This year, the Center for the Humanities is pleased to welcome Jeanette Roan as our Visiting Scholar in residence. Dr. Roan works in the field of Visual Culture, which is the focus for this year’s programming at the Center. She received her B.A. in Visual Arts from Brown University and her Ph.D. in Visual and Cultural Studies from the University of Rochester. She comes to Grinnell from George Mason University, where she taught courses in Film and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, and English. She is the author of On Location: Travels to Asia on the American Screen, forthcoming from University of Michigan Press, in which she explores the emergence of cinema during the "age of empire," race and ethnicity in U.S. film, cinema and Asian Pacific American culture, and globalization and culture. While at Grinnell, Dr. Roan will teach Humanities 395 each semester, participate in the Center’s annual symposium, and work with faculty pursuing research related to visual culture.
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