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Our Memory Behind-the-Scenes

First 2007 Fisher Center lecturer to speak on media and memory

At the end of a movie, we usually ditch the credits, toss our bag of popcorn and head for the car. Perhaps we talk with friends on the way home, maybe we remember an action-packed scene, but we typically don’t consider how that movie, how media we see and hear everyday, influences how and what we remember.

In the first 2007 Fisher Center Lecture, George Washington University’s Associate Professor of Literature and Film Alison Landsberg will discuss the media’s effects on memory in her talk “Making Love, Not War: Illicit Liasons and Prosthetic Remembering in the Silent Western.

Landsberg will examine how cinema and mass cultural technologies becomes part of cultural or personal memory and make it increasingly possible to “have memories of events that one didn’t experience. In particular, Landsberg, author of “Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture, will draw on how “the frontier was represented in some silent western films, what it means to “remember the frontier in this way, and to consider both the pleasures and dangers associated with what she calls “prosthetic memories of the frontier past.

This behind-the-scenes look at memory begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5 in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

The traditional next-morning roundtable will be from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6 in Room 212 Demarest Hall, the Fisher Center.

More information on the Fisher Center lecture series can be found here.