Honors College Held the Seventh 2017-2018 Fulbright Program Short-term Expert Lecture
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In the afternoon of November 16th, a lecture was held in the 315 lecture hall by Professor Connie Shemo, who is a Fulbright Program Expert. His topic was ‘What does the global rise of the Disney princess tell us about modern feminism?’ and starting from the topic, she tried to lead students to explore the history of culture from the perspective of the development in American animated movies.
The lecturer took the series of Disney princess films as an example, ranging from the first Disney animated movie in 1937 to the recent popular film Frozen, to illustrate the change in people’s attitude towards the values of female. Although these films were intended to make profits, they could always reflect people’s favor during a certain period, which assigned them significant value for historical research.
Before 1950s, it was widely accepted that female only paid attention to the appearance when they wished to find a partner, and we could easily observe such a phenomenon from the early movies such as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. As time passes by, Disney heard its audience’s advice, gradually changing the values behind each film. New trends emerged, encouraging female to actively stand up to be the master of their destiny and discover rich emotions instead of being limited to love.
At the end of the lecture, the professor proposed many questions. She mentioned that these films produced by Disney aims at young children, and whether the content is suitable remains a controversial topic. Through the discussion, students gained a deeper learning about connotation of the films and better judgment about value of life.