Brian C. Johnson, director of FDI and academic advisor for Act 101

Brian C. Johnson, director of FDI and academic advisor for Act 101


Brian C. Johnson Brian C. Johnson, director of Frederick Douglass Institute and academic advisor for Act 101, latest article, "Breaking Brokeback: Exposing Hollywood's Heterosexual Preference" has been published by the Journal of Communications Media Studies in the December 2012 issue.

Scholarship 2011

December — Johnson was honored by California University of Pennsylvania with the Carter Leadership Award, which is named in honor of the first African American graduate of the university — Jennie Adams Carter.

Elizabeth Jennie Adams was freeborn October 9, 1852, to the Rev. Beverly Wilkeson Adams and his wife, Eliza Jane Peters Adams, in Monongahela City, Washington County. Her grandparents lived as slaves until buying their freedom and moving north. She graduated from Monongahela City Union School in 1878 as class historian and entered college.

Just 16 years after the Civil War ended, in 1881, Carter became the first African American to graduate from the South Western State Normal School, now known as California University of Pennsylvania. It was not until eight years later (1889) that the first African American man graduated from the Normal School.

Scholarship 2010

April — Johnson has a newly released book, “We've Scene It All Before: Using Film Clips in Diversity Awareness Training” published by Sense Publishers, an international academic publisher. A revolutionary tool for corporate and academic trainers, “We’ve Scene It All Before”, harnesses the power of mainstream Hollywood film to enhance educational sessions about diversity and social justice. The book is a learning tool which will be tremendously useful in reducing resistance and increasing thoughtful cross-cultural dialogue.

Scholarship 2009

April — Johnson is a coauthor of Reel Diversity: A Teachers Sourcebook (Peter Lang Publishing, September 2008), a resource manual for teachers who want to infuse the concepts of diversity and social justice into their secondary and college courses. Lecturers and workshop presenters will also appreciate this text for its practical uses. More than a book on film literacy and criticism, this manual includes user-friendly mini-lessons using film clips from mainstream Hollywood feature films to illustrate the 25 diversity definitions provided in the text.

September — Johnson recently won the 2009 Philli C. Chinn Book Award by the Multicultural Program Awards Committee of the National Association for Multicultural Education.

Johnson is the coauthor of "Reel Diversity: A Teachers Sourcebook (Counterpoints: Studies in the Post-modern Theory of Education)," a resource manual for teachers who want to infuse the concepts of diversity and social justice into their secondary and college courses. He received the award at the 19th Annual International NAME Conference in Denver.