Food For Thought: Carole Bell & Dani Snyder-Young

Artist Talk, Conversation, Presentation

Food For Thought: Carole Bell & Dani Snyder-Young

Wed, Oct 18, 2017 12:00 pm-1:00 pm 217 Ryder Hall
Artist Talk, Conversation, Presentation Wed, Oct 18, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm 217 Ryder Hall

Join faculty colleagues to discuss topical issues in arts, media and design. This session will feature Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Carole Bell & Assistant Professor of Theatre Dani Snyder-Young discussing their research regarding race & spectatorship.

Dani Snyder-Young will present her project, “Privileged spectatorship: Social Justice, Theatre, and Audience Impact” examining theories of resistant readership and spectatorship to better understand how privilege can lead audience members to read plays with overt agendas for making progressive social change “across the grain” to unintentionally but openly reinforce dominant, oppressive systems of power.  It presents an eclectic mix of performances against and through each other, examining audience responses to plays and related mediatized activist performances.  Its goal is to learn how and why a range of activist theatre practices are (and are not) able to pierce spectators’ privilege blinders by examining what these performances are concretely doing to their audiences.

Carole Bell will present The Politics of Interracial Romance in American Film, which explores the representation, reception and social and political significance of Black-White romantic narratives in American film. The core premise of this work is that interracial romance has been a vehicle for exploring ideas about race in American culture. Depictions of intimacy between Blacks and Whites both reflect and contribute to changes and continuities in the social and political meanings of race. 

Enjoy local food and conversation to inform and inspire interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activities at the nexus of research and practice.

Lunch will be Served

This colloquium series aims to nurture the intellectual community of CAMD faculty and is curated this year by Associate Professor of Architecture, Cammy Brothers and Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Meryl Alper. 


217 Ryder Hall

360 Huntington Avenue
Boston , MA 02115

Carole Bell

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Carole Bell’s research explores the relationship between non-traditional news sources including entertainment media and sociopolitical attitudes and public opinion. She is particularly interested in the role of communication in social change related to group identities including race, gender and sexuality. In focusing on these areas, her goal is to understand how mediated communication influences and can potentially help to eliminate traditional social divisions. In 2010 Dr. Bell earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communication Research from the University of North Carolina, concentrating in Political Communication and Communication Effects. She also holds an M.S. in Television and Radio Management from Brooklyn College, where she was the top graduate student in her class, and an A.B. (Bachelor’s) in English and American Literature from Harvard. She has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor and as the 2010-11 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Political Communication at George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. In September 2011, she joined Northeastern University’s Communication Studies Department.

Dr. Bell’s professional experience spans media and marketing. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she worked for eight years in interactive and direct marketing and interactive media development, working with Fortune 100 clients on strategy and campaign execution and with agency management on new business development. She has also worked in public radio, most recently for the nationally syndicated public radio program The Story with Dick Gordon. At The Story, she produced feature stories on a variety of social and political subjects including military suicide, interracial marriage, polygamy and presidential campaign politics.

Dani Snyder-Young

Assistant Professor, Theatre

Dani Snyder-Young is a scholar/artist whose work focuses on theatre and social change, applied theatre, and contemporary US activist performance.

Dani is the author of Theatre Of Good Intentions: Challenges and Hopes for Theatre and Social Change (2013, Palgrave Macmillan), which examines the limits of theatre in making social change. She has published in Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre Research, Theatre Survey, Theatre Research International, Qualitative Inquiry, Youth Theatre Journal, Texas Theatre Journal, and the International Journal of Learning, and from 2013-2015 she regularly wrote popular press theatre criticism for HowlRound.

Her artistic work as a director and dramaturg focuses on political theatre, community based performance, new play development, and adaptations of classical texts for diverse audiences.

Dani began her artistic career in Boston in 1999, and is thrilled to be back.  She was an artistic associate at Boston TheatreWorks and she worked locally with Lyric Stage Company of Boston, New Repertory Theater, Boston Playwright’s Theater, Coyote Theater, Other Side Productions, Playwrights’ Platform, Peabody House Theatre Cooperative and Shadowboxing Theatre Collaborative, as well as regionally at Barrington Stage Company, Gloucester Stage, Hangar Theatre, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.  Her devised work with young people has been performed in New York at the Public Theatre and the HERE Arts Center, and in New York she was a founding member of the Present Tense Theatre Company. She has worked internationally with Misery Loves Company of Prague, Czech Republic.  Dani is an ensemble member of Halcyon Theatre in Chicago and a member of Actor’s Equity Association.

Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty in 2017, Dani previously taught at Illinois Wesleyan University, New York University, and Pace University.  She holds a BA from Wesleyan  University and an MA and PhD from New York University.