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Critical Conversations Series

This 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.

Aaron Dennis and Umayyah Cable - February 2019





Umayyah Cable, Assistant Professor of English at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York, and Aaron Dennis, producer, editor, videographer, and founder of Stone Hut Studios, engaged in conversation on Thursday, February 14, 2019, in the Hatcher Gallery. Cable and Dennis explored how educational filmstrip and documentary filmmaking become sites of political and social activism that disrupt mainstream media production practices, content, and forms of distribution.

Miranda Banks and Gloria Calderón Kellett - November 2018




Gloria Calderón Kellett, Executive Producer and showrunner of Netflix’s One Day at a Time, and Miranda Banks, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at Emerson College, explored the relevance of ethnic, gender, and sexual diversity behind and in front of the camera, in programming and film content, and in film and media schools during their conversation on Thursday, November 15, 2018 in the Hatcher Gallery. For more information about this particular conversation, please click on the image to the left. 

Aymar Jean Christian and LaToya Morgan - February 2018





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.