Ian Gregory Strachan is Associate Professor of English at the College of The Bahamas. He is the author of Paradise and Plantation: Tourism and Culture in the Anglophone Caribbean (2002), and recently co-edited an issue of the University of Miami's journal of Caribbean studies, Anthurium dedicated to Bahamian literature. He has also recently contributed a chapter to Routledge's forthcoming anthology Black Cinema Reconsidered entitled "The Measure of Men: Legacies of Sidney Poitier's A Piece of the Action."
Mia Mask is Associate Professor of Film at Vassar College, USA, where she teaches courses on African American cinema, documentary film history, celebrity and power, and seminars on special topics. She also teaches feminist film theory, African national cinemas, and genre courses. She is the author of Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film and the editor of Contemporary Black American Cinema. She has written film reviews and covered festivals for IndieWire.com, The Village Voice, Film Quarterly, Time Out New York, and The Poughkeepsie Journal. Her criticism was anthologized in Best American Movie Writing, 1999. Her scholarly essays are published in the African American National Biography, Screen Stars of the 1990s, Film and Literature, and American Cinema of the 1970s. She is on the editorial board of The Black Scholar. Her cultural commentary has been heard on National Public Radio.
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1 Walking with Kings: Poitier, King, and Obama Aram Goudsouzian, University of Memphis, USA
2 Historicizing the Shadows and Acts: No Way Out and the Imagining of Black Activist Communities Ryan De Rosa, Los Angeles Public Schools, USA
3 Caribbean All-Stars: Sidney Poitier, Harry Belafonte, and the Rise of the African-American Leading Man Belinda Edmondson, Professor of English and African-American & African Studies, USA
4 “Draggin' the Chain”: Linking Civil Rights and African American Representation in The Defiant Ones and In the Heat of the Night Emma Hamilton and Troy Saxby, University of Newcastle, Australia
5 Whisper Campaign on Catfish Row: Sidney Poitier and Porgy and Bess Jeff Smith, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
6 To Sir, With Love: A Black British Perspective Mark Christian, Lehman College, USA
7 Transgression or Legal Union?: The Meaning of Interracial Marriage in 1967 Film and Law Kim Warren, University of Kansas, USA
8 A Blues the Tom: Sidney Poitier's Filmic Sexual Identities Ian Gregory Strachan, College of The Bahamas, Bahamas
9 Black Masculinity on Horseback: From Duel at Diablo to Buck and the Preacher and beyond Mia Mask, Vassar College, USA
10 Stepping Behind the Camera: Sidney Poitier's Directorial Career Keith Corson, Rhodes College and Memphis College of Art, USA
11 No Shafts, Super Flys, or Foxy Browns: Sidney Poitier's Uptown Saturday Night as Alternative to Blaxploitation Cinema” Novotny Lawrence, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, USA
12 Transcending Paul Poitier: Six Degrees of Separation and the Construction of Will Smith Willie Tolliver, Jr., Agnes Scott College, USA