Media Studies in Southern California

Claremont Graduate University’s Department of Cultural Studies announces a 2-day conference entitled "Media Studies in Southern California." The conference is designed to showcase some of the most exciting work being done in the field of media studies in the area by academics, artists, designers and activists. This conference is being held to celebrate the launch of several new initiatives by the Department of Cultural Studies at CGU: our new graduate concentration in Media Studies and our new 4+1 M.A. program in Cultural Studies with an emphasis in Media Studies being offered in conjunction with the Claremont Colleges Intercollegiate Media Studies Program.

This conference is FREE and open to all. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided free to all attendees.

All Events are in Burkle Family Building, Room 16
1021 N. Dartmouth Ave, Claremont, CA 91711 (corner of 11th Street and Dartmouth)

Sponsored by the Blais Foundation Challenge Fund

Conference Schedule:

Friday, March 27, 2009

9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.—11:30 a.m.
Chon Noriega, Professor of Film, Television, and Digital Media, UCLA
“Divergence: Working Across Media Studies”
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Karen Tongson, Assistant Professor of English, University of Southern California
“Listening to the Suburbs” (multimedia presentation)

4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Screening, Finishing the Game
Followed by q&a with filmmaker Justin Lin, Filmmaker, Better Luck Tomorrow, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast and Furious

6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Cheryl Dunye, Filmmaker, The Watermelon Woman, Stranger Inside, My Baby’s Daddy
“Seeing in the Dark: An Insight into Queer Black Experimental Cinema”

Saturday, March 28

9:15 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Panel Discussion
“Careers in Media Studies (or “How did you get that awesome job?”)

This panel features people working in activist video production, media arts festivals, and interactive design. Learn about some of the most innovative work being done in the area and what path they took to get there.

Erikka Yancy, Brave New Films
Joshua Tremblay, Manager, Operations & Optimization, TakePart (Participant Media)
Anne Bray, Executive Director, LA Freewaves
John Underkoffler, artist and creator of TAMPER (Oblong Industries)

12:00 p.m.—1:30 p.m.

2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Lucas Hilderbrand, Assistant Professor of Film and Media Studies, UC Irvine
"Joanie and Jackie and Everyone They Know: Video Chainletters as
Feminist Community Network"

4:00 p.m.—5:30 p.m.
Toby Miller, Professor and Chair of Media and Cultural Studies, UC Riverside
"TV is Finished. It's Done. It's Over."

5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

7:30-10:00 p.m.
“Claremont VJs Freewaves”
Media Studies students from Claremont’s Intercollegiate Media Studies program screen their favorites from over 100 short films and videos from this year’s LA Freewaves festival, “Hollywould: The 11th Festival of Experimental Media Arts.” Come see a “Best of the Fest” program curated by Claremont Media Studies students.

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