We really enjoyed Serena Bassi’s recent lecture on the “It Gets Better Project” and what is gained– and lost– in translation from English to the Italian context. Dr. Bassi is a fantastic interdisciplinary scholar working on the notion of “homonormativity” and its relationship to embedded US cultural narratives of manifest destiny, American exceptionalism, and neoliberalism. She’s been at the Center this spring working with Dr. Marwick and other Fordham and New York area scholars to investigate how this is complicated by the project’s mediation through YouTube, a Silicon Valley social media technology with its own embedded cultural narratives.
It’s only fitting that this video be the first in our new McGannon Center YouTube channel.
Thanks to Dr. Bassi for her lecture and her contributions to the intellectual environment at Fordham this semester!