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Mondays, 1:00 P.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Begins February 3 - Ends March 9, 2020 (no class on February 17)

Pequot Library

$290 | Quick Member: $275
$250 each if you enroll in two or more courses.

Instructor: Peter Bayers, Ph.D.

The idea of the American Indian has been central to the imagining of the frontier and U.S. National Identity, with Hollywood playing the leading role in the twentieth century in producing the Indian for American consumption. This course examines Hollywood’s representations of the "savage" American Indian and its implications for national identity, as well as Native American filmmakers’ appropriation of film to flip the malformed Hollywood script and U.S. National identity. Films discussed in this course include John Ford’s The Searchers, Michael Mann’s The Last of the Mohicans; Kevin Costner’s Dances with Wolves; Chris Eyre’s Skins. The course will culminate with a trip to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in NYC.

Bio: Peter L. Bayers is a Professor of English and the Director of American Studies at Fairfield University where he teaches a range of courses in American literature and American Studies. He publishes widely as a scholar of the literatures and cultures of the American West and Native American Studies. Dr. Bayers also works regularly on the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reservation with the Connecticut based non-profit Simply Smiles to provide bright futures for Lakota children and their families.

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