Dear Commons Community,
In a forthcoming Netflix series, the actress Sandra Oh plays a starring role as a new department chair taking the reins in a time of crisis.
Yesterday, the streaming service released a trailer (see video above) for The Chair, which premieres on Friday, August 20. In the show, Oh plays Ji-Yoon Kim, who has just been named chair of the English department at the fictional Pembroke University. In the series, Kim is not only the first woman to chair the English department, but also one of the few faculty members of color at Pembroke.
This series should appeal to the professoriate, but I am not so sure about the rest of the Netflix audience although Woodrow Wilson, a former president of Princeton University, was once quoted as saying: “So far as the colleges go, the sideshows are swallowing up the circus.”