Part 3 featuring Tracy Heather Strain

Welcome to our ICONversations, a series where you will hear iconic Black feminist anthropologists answer five questions about their intellectual projects and growth, what their work has meant to them, and the imprints they want to leave on the world.

In this episode, Brendane and Alyssa speak with Tracy Heather Strain, an award-winning writer, director, and producer whose most recent work covers the life and times of Zora Neale Hurston. Her work aims to reveal the ways that our positionality shape lives and reflect and challenge society’s narratives.

A faculty member at Wesleyan University, she is the Corwin-Fuller Professor of Film Studies, Associate Professor of Film Studies, Associate Director of the College of Film and the Moving Image and Co-Director of the Wesleyan Documentary Project. As she says:  

“I feel a great responsibility to try to bring complexity and nuance to Black women’s lives on screen.”

Be sure to check out Tracy’s work American Experience presents Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming a Space on PBS!

Other Places to Find Tracy

The Film Posse
Sighted Eyes/Feeling Hear

Find Dr. Strain on Twitter at @thstrain

Her website at

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