UT & Art Museum to hold lecture exploring fictional Black Panther

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The University of Toledo Department of Theatre and Film, in cooperation with the Toledo Museum of Art, will present a lecture exploring the cultural, political, mythological and historical development of the character of the Black Panther according to a media release sent to 13abc.com. The lecture, “Long Live the King: Black Panther and African Super Sovereignty,” will be presented by Johnathan W. Gray, October 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Toledo Museum of Art Little Theatre. It is free and open to the public.

Jonathan Gray, associate professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, will examine the evolution of Black Panther's identity as a leader across the work of Don McGregor, Christopher Priest, Reginald Hudlin and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Gray’s lecture will also consider the changing understanding of African nationhood based on shifting understandings of de-colonial, post-colonial and neo-liberal logics.

Following the lecture, there will also be a screening of the 2018 film, “Black Panther,” at 7:30 p.m. in the Peristyle. The film is based on the Marvel Comic superhero T'Challa who, after the death of his father, returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king. Tickets to the film screening are $10 for Museum members and $15 for non-members.

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