Behind the Scenes in Baja California: Movies Are More than What We See

Brown Bag Lecture Series
Mar 14, 2012
12:15 PM to 01:15 PM
402 Burrowes

Leisa Rothlisberger, Department of Comparative Literature, Penn State

Even though we are constantly bombarded by media, we are not always aware of the geographical provenance of what we see onscreen. By visiting a location--the state of Baja California, Mexico--where many Hollywood productions have been filmed outside of the United States, Leisa was able to learn how the relationship between culture and territory has changed with the policies that have accelerated globalization. She will share some of the insights from meeting with filmworkers who have worked on Hollywood productions in Mexico and government officials who are molding policies that directly affect foreign productions that choose to film in Baja California. She will address how the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has influenced cultural exchange between the United States and Mexico.

Leisa Rothlisberger is completing her PhD in the Department of Comparative Literature at Penn State. Her dissertation, NAFTA Culture: Trade Policy and Cultural Exchange in the Global Era, focuses on the interconnections between NAFTA and cultural products in the U.S. and Mexico. She is currently a Graduate Fellow of the Rock Ethics Institute.

This lecture is a part of the Center for Global Studies Brown Bag Graduate Lecture Series which focuses on the graduate research across disciplinary fields.

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