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  • The Lens, Ep. 8: Race, Golf, and Bagger Vance

    In this episode, Emma and Garrett talk to Craig Gill about the depiction of African American golf caddies in the 2000 film The Legend of Bagger Vance and the history of golf in the United States. Additional readings: Pinehurst Sportscope Short Documentary … Continued

  • The Lens, Ep. 7: “Backwards Colombia”: Violence and Representation in Narcos

    In this episode, Gabe and Garrett talk to Marlon Londoño about the Netflix series Narcos (2015-16) and Caracol Television’s Escobar: El Patrón del Mal (2012).   Additional Readings: Pablo Medina, Uribe, “Netflix’s Narcos Cheapens Colombia and Its History” Bernardo Aparicio García, “I grew up in … Continued

  • The Lens, Ep. 6: 1917 and ‘Realistic’ War Movies

    In this episode, Gabe and Emma chat with Dr. Wayne Lee (Professor of History and Adjunct Professor for the Curriculum in Peace, War, and Defense) about the film 1917, which was nominated for 11 Oscars and won awards for Cinematography, … Continued

  • The Lens, Ep. 5: Gender and Little Women

    In the first episode of 2020, Gabe and Garrett welcome their new colleague Emma Rothberg, who is a PhD Candidate in history at UNC-Chapel Hill as well as a co-director of the Digital History Lab. Emma discusses representations of gender … Continued

  • The Lens, Ep. 4: Geography and Modernity in Game of Thrones

    In 2019’s final episode of The Lens, UNC-Chapel Hill PhD Candidate Daniel Morgan joins co-hosts Gabe Moss and Garrett Wright again–this time to talk about the popular book series A Song of Ice and Fire and its television adaptation Game of Thrones. Tune in to … Continued

  • The Lens, Ep. 3: Simulating Holy War in Crusader Kings

    In this episode, UNC-Chapel Hill PhD Candidate Daniel Morgan talks about simulations of the medieval past in the popular video game Crusader Kings II. Stay tuned for our next episode, which will feature another conversation with Daniel about Game of Thrones. Additional … Continued

  • The Lens, Ep. 2: Race and Orientalism in 300

    In this episode, Digital History Lab co-director Gabe Moss talks about the ways in which Orientalism is deployed in the 1998 graphic novel 300 and its 2006 film adaptation. This is the second part of a two-part series on popular representations of … Continued

  • The Lens Ep. 1: Anachronism and Imperial Anxiety in Gladiator

    The Digital History Lab is excited to announce the launch of our new podcast, The Lens: Historians and Popular Media. Co-hosted by Gabe Moss and Garrett Wright, each episode of The Lens will feature a conversation about one piece of popular media–films, … Continued