June 14, 2011
When Texas Tech University professor Dennis Fehr’s eldest daughters (twins) Shannon and Shenoa, were born, a black woman running for President was considered a joke by many people.
Thirty-five years later a black man is President of the United States, a female almost became President, and Mr Fehr’s youngest daughter, Lauren, 18, and about to go to medical school on a full scholarship, rolls her eyes when he talks about gender inequality.
How things have changed and not changed since the 1970s when Dr Fehr first started teaching. He recently gave a talk as part of the Bermuda National (BNG) Partner Re Lecture series at the Bermuda National (BNG) called ‘Womens Indentities in Post Modern Visual Culture’. He is the author of ‘Dogs playing Cards: Powerbrokers of Prejudice in Education, Art and Culture (2004)’ and is an associate professor in art education and media studies. In 2000 he was named United States Western Region Art Educator. He is also an artist in his own right, often using his art to draw attention to gender issues and imbalances.