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Academic Lens—College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

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Black and white abstracted full-bodied digital sketches of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal and Rock With You characters, eacg from the songs' respective videos, form a JACKO yin-yang symbol next to the stacked title

Dr. Sherrow Pinder presented an essay from a forthcoming book,
Michael Jackson: Grasping the Spectacle, edited by Christopher Smit, in which she explores the conflicting and paradoxical demands facing Jackson as he struggled to define and express his “self.”

Pinder is the author of From Welfare to Workfare: How Capitalist States Create a Pool of Unskilled Cheap Labor (A Marxist-Feminist Social Analysis) (2007); The Politics of Race and Ethnicity in the United States: Americanization, De-Americanization and Racialized Ethnic Groups (2010); and Whiteness and Racialized Ethnic Groups in the United States: The Politics of Remembering (2011). Her forthcoming edited book is on American multicultural studies. In the summer of 2008, Pinder was a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University.

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