Politics and race in animation

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Christopher Lehman, author and faculty member

Christopher Lehman, social historian and author of three books

Professor Christopher Lehman will discuss his book on cartoon animation during the Vietnam War era 7 p.m. Dec. 5 in Atwood Memorial Center Theatre.

Lehman is an associate professor of ethnic studies at St. Cloud State University.

"American Animated Cartoons of the Vietnam Era" discusses cartoon studios’ changing responses to U.S. participation in the Vietnam War between 1961 and 1973.

The book explores cartoon commentary about the federal government, the armed forces, the draft, peace negotiations, the counterculture movement, racial issues and pacifism. It was published in 2006 by McFarland & Company, Inc., a North Carolina-based publisher of scholarly, reference and academic books.

Lehman holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Oklahoma State University. He earned his advanced degrees at University of Massachusetts Amherst: a master’s in history and doctorate in African American Studies. St. Cloud State, where he has taught since 2002, is his first posting.

His next book, “Colored Cartoon: Black Representation in American Animated Short Films,” is expected in bookstores in December. The publisher is University of Massachusetts Press.

A third book, "A Critical History of Soul Train on Television" is at McFarland and is expected be published this summer.

The book talk is sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) and is part of the MRC Lecture Series at St. Cloud State. MRC provides resources to faculty, student, and community members who are teaching, learning or researching about people of color in the United States.

- Jeff Wood

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