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Cancelling COPS

Professor and chair of cultural studies and comparative literature and professor of communication studies Laurie Ouellette places the show COPS within a historical and cultural context of reality media that participates in racialized police violence.
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Cinema’s First Epidemic: From Contagious Twitching to Convulsive Laughter

There was no funnier sight gag in early cinema than the catastrophe of epidemic contagion. Habitual tics such as yawning, laughing, sneezing, hiccupping, itching, coughing, barking, sobbing, and blinking spread like wildfire when too many nervous bodies found themselves together in close quarters. Associate professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature discusses this phenomena in an article featured in Los Angeles Review of Books.