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Jennifer Fronc’s research asserts that motion picture censorship was an important site at which multiple stakeholders negotiated the role of the state and the meaning of the First Amendment in the early twentieth-century United States. Drawing from her 2017 book, Monitoring the Movies: The Fight over Film Censorship in the Early Twentieth-Century Urban American, Prof. Fronc will discuss silent film, the culture of movie-going, and the movement for motion picture censorship in the early 20th century. Clips of silent films will be included in the presentation.
Jennifer Fronc is Professor of History at UMass Amherst