Conferences & Symposia

Show and Tell: An Evening about Citizenship with Documentary Filmmakers

Show and Tell: An Evening about Citizenship with Documentary Filmmakers

The Radcliffe Institute conference “Who Belongs? Global Citizenship and Gender in the 21st Century” opens with a discussion about questions of citizenship and gender as expressed through film.

Three prominent filmmakers and a film critic will discuss the portrayed (and real) experiences of women, men, and people of color as they seek the most fundamental rights of citizenship. Through a series of presentations and film clips, the speakers will explore how the transformative power of masterful storytelling can challenge perceptions and expectations, invite empathy and understanding, inspire dialogue, and offer insight into what it means to be a member of a community.

Free and open to the public.


7:30 PM


Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University

7:45 PM


  • María Agui Carter, Writer/Director; Assistant Professor, Department of Visual and Media Arts, Emerson College
  • Heather Courtney, Documentary Filmmaker
  • Cynthia López, Former Commissioner, City of New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment; Former Executive Vice President and Co–Executive Producer, American Documentary and POV

Moderated by Claudia Puig, President, Los Angeles Film Critics Association; Former Lead Film Critic, USA Today
A public question and answer period will conclude the evening.