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Film Studies Professor Shares “Cinema by the Seashore”

Josh-GlickCONWAY, Ark. (October 15, 2014) – Hendrix College Film Studies professor Dr. Josh Glick will present "Cinema by the Seashore" on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 4:15 p.m., in the Murphy Seminar Room.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Hendrix College Department of English and Film Studies program with the support of the Charles S. and Lucile Esmon Shivley Odyssey Professorship. For more information, contact Hendrix Film Studies professor Dr. Kristi McKim at 501-450-1242 or


 Cinema and Coney Island grew up together in the late 1890s and continued to have a vibrant relationship throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century. This talk will explore the myriad ways Coney Island served a starring role on the big screen as well as how Coney Island constituted an important location for the exhibition of moving picture technology. Cinematic portrayals of this amusement destination reveal the depth and complexity of American culture and identity.

"Cinema by the Seashore" will also address the role of this medium-specific exploration within the broader museum exhibition in which this study will appear. Josh will talk about researching representations of Coney Island across different forms of media, how the exhibition contributes to some of the primary aims of the public humanities, and the challenges and opportunities of museum programming and writing for a book catalog that seeks to engage multiple audiences.


Glick is Assistant Professor of English and Film Studies at Hendrix College. He is currently on leave for the 2014-2015 academic year and collaborating with the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Conn., on the traveling museum exhibition, "Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861-2008."


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