Professor to discuss the works of producer Shonda Rhimes

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Professor Natalie Bullock-Brown, chair and assistant professor, Department of Film and Interactive Media, will be a featured panelist during the Shondaland Symposium on January 29 and January 30 at Duke University. ShondaLand is the production company of television screenwriter and producer Shonda Rhimes, whose current series Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder (for which she serves as executive producer) comprise the Thursday Night prime-time block on ABC.

Co-Sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics and the Center for Arts, Digital Culture and Entrepreneurship at Duke University, the ShondaLand the Symposium will bring together a group of women scholars working in the fields of history, women’s studies, law, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, black diaspora studies and media studies to explore the broad implications of Rhimes’ work.

Bullock-Brown will serve as panelist on the panel discussion on January 30 titled “I woke up like this:”: Desire & Respectability in ShondaLand” from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in 011 Old Chemistry Building.

“I am very proud and honored to be a part of such an interesting and important cultural discussion and amongst such incredible black female scholars,” Bullock-Brown said.

For more information about the symposium, click HERE.

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