Media in the Mix What is the relationship between Egyptian hieroglyphics and the graphic novels we read today? What do the so-called blaxploitation films of the ’70s reveal about currents in the Civil Rights Movement, and in what ways have their effects lingered? How did the streak of rebellion that runs through rock ’n’ roll help to define the youth culture of the 1960s? And how have works by Molière, Shakespeare, Ionesco, and Wilde— as well as the ancient art of mime—influenced generations of comic actors? These are just a few of the questions explored within several courses that examine the ways in which media and entertainment reflect and shape our culture. There’s a course on comics and graphic novels, a course on the history of rock, one on comedic acting, and another on African American cinema—just a smattering of interesting classes that are part of Vassar’s vast curriculum. African Americans through the Lens Professor Mia Mask's African American Cinema students consider how African Americans have been portrayed on the screen over the last 100 years, and how those portrayals impact cultural attitudes. The Comics Course Exploring a range of comic forms—from 19th-century drawings by artistic pioneers to today's engaging graphic novels and web comics—Associate Professor of English Peter Antelyes surveys the history of comic art and even encourages students to try their hand. History of Rock Justin Patch, adjunct assistant professor of music, aims to change the way his students think about music, exploring why they choose the music they do and how it affects them. The Art of Comedy Associate Professor of Drama Shona Tucket uses classics works by Moliere, Shakespeare, and Ionesco, the ancient art of mime, and other physical comedy to preach the importance of being silly.