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Critical Conversations Series

This new Department of Film, Television, and Media speaker series creates a space for film and media scholars and artists/practitioners to engage in dialogues about past and contemporary topics that influence media industries, audiences, and society at large.





Aymar Jean Christian
, Assistant Professor in the School of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, and Hollywood television writer and screenwriter LaToya Morgan inaugurated the “Critical Conversations” series. Their discussion addressed the ways in which race and gender might influence access to Hollywood and how new media platforms have formed new spaces for narrating/screening multiple stories, people, and experiences. For more information about this particular conversation, please click on the image to the left.

Mavericks and Makers Symposia

U-M Library is home to extensive archives and materials documenting the careers of several American filmmakers known for coloring outside the lines: Robert Altman, Ira Deutchman, Alan Rudolph, Nancy Savoca, John Sayles, and Orson Welles. Together they make U-M a major destination for research on these American maverick filmmakers.

To publicize these archives, symposia are held during different academic years. To learn more about a specific symposium, please click on the image below.