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Events and News

During the course of the academic year, Screen Arts and Cultures hosts a number of events organized by graduate students and faculty alike. Our monthly speaker series brings a diverse range of prominent scholars to campus, often combining research presentations with professionalization sessions for graduates. In addition, our programming provides opportunities for graduate students to workshop their writing or to receive feedback on a conference presentation from faculty and peers. Faculty and graduates have also organized high profile public events from film screenings to academic symposia, and Screen Arts and Cultures regularly collaborates with local institutions and cultural events, including the annual Cinetopia Film Festival and the Ann Arbor Film Festival.

2016-17 Graduate Student Symposia and Conferences 



Watching While Latinx: Media Reception and Latinx Audiences 
Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17, 2017


This two-day symposium explored Latinx audiences and the reception of US and Latin American media. Two guest scholars of Latinx Media Studies (Jillian Báez, College of Staten Island and, Isabel Molina-Guzmán (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign) and two PhD Candidates, Richard Mwakasege-Minaya (from SAC) and Orquidea Morales (from American Culture) participated in the panel presentations.

 

The Audiovisual Essay and the Digital Humanities Mini-Conference
Panel Presentations - Friday, March 31, 2017

 


This mini-conference explored methodological questions relevant to digital scholarship and pedagogy while pressing new questions about the utility of audiovisual essays outside of cinema and media studies, and considering the possible place of audiovisual essays within digital humanities debates.

Opening Remarks, Matthew Solomon, (SAC); Panel Presentations (moderated by Anita Gonzalez, SMTD) Jason Mittell, (Middlebury College); Mark Williams, (Dartmouth University); Steven Anderson, (UCLA); Respondent, Paul Conway (School of Information).


Organized by SAC Professor Matthew Solomon and PhD Candidate Vincent Longo

In the News - Graduate Student Features

Chosen as a Humanities Institute Graduate Fellow for 2017-2018, Josh Morrison will finish his dissertation while receiving feedback from an interdisciplinary group of graduate students and scholars from across the university, take part in seminars and talks with visiting researchers, and represent SAC and its interdiciplinarity to the broader UM community.

Vincent Longo has been selected for the Outstanding UROP Mentor Award based on his work on "The Heart of Darkness" project “Creating a 21st-Century Archive: Orson Welles’ Unrealized Masterpiece.” One of only eight UROP mentors to receive this award, Longo was nominated by his UROP students, Elijah Segraves, Erin Ringel, Jordan Stanton, and Sidney Simoncini

SAC Speaker Series

Our monthly speaker series brings a diverse range of prominent scholars to campus, often combining research presentations with professionalization sessions for graduates.

 

Professor Kristen Whissel (Professor and Chair of Film & Media, UC Berkeley) references HOUSE OF WAX (André de Toth, 1953) during her presentation. Whissel was a featured scholar in the SAC Speaker Series of 2016-17.