Past Events

Falls Lecture with Tom Conley

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 3:00pm
2115 Tawes Hall

This year's Falls Lecture will be delivered by Professor Tom Conley of Harvard University, who will be speaking on "French Film Theory and the événement-cinéma."

Conley will discuss how, for Deleuze, events themselves are conditions which generate a series of other events, and in film (Conley cites Godard as an important example) a series of counterpoised images—e.g., sound and visual—which plays the role of differentiator that subverts identity, or that causes this identity to change.

A Conversation with Fred Kuwornu

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 4:00pm
TLF 2110

Fred Kuwornu is an Italian-Ghanaian documentary filmmaker. His film, 18 Jus Soli offers an important perspective on the situation of immigrants in Southern Europe and Italy in particular. His Inside Buffalo focuses on the experience of World War Two Buffalo Soldiers in Italy, and his current project, Blaxploitation, which is still in post production, analyzes the often neglected and marginalized presence of actors of color in the first 100 years of Italian cinema.

A Discussion with Disney Pixar Lighting Supervisor, Jonathan Pytko

Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 5:00pm
Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes)

Please join the Film Studies Department this Tuesday, October 20 at 5:00 in Ulrich Recital Hall for a talk by Disney Pixar lighting supervisor Jonathan Pytko. This event is free and open to the public, with no RSVP required.

Jonathan will primarily be speaking about his work on the upcoming Disney Pixar film The Good Dinosaur, for which he was the Lighting Supervisor. The Good Dinosaur will be released in theatres on November 25, 2015.

The Archipelago of Multimedia Publishing

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 12:30pm
MITH Conference Room (Hornbake Library)

As academic publishing turns more and more toward peer-to-peer review, multimedia-rich work, and publication of data sets, the Vega team is developing a modular, open-source platform that can accommodate a broader range of publishing models that scholars and practitioners want to and can publish. Vega will be a free, editorial-management platform that supports peer review, copy-editing, and publication of multimedia-rich and data-driven scholarship and creative works in all areas of research. With the support of an Andrew W.

A Woman's Touch: Manual Labor, Pink Collar Workers, and Feminist New Media Origin Stories

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 12:30pm
MITH Conference Room (Hornbake Library)

The study of computational media still has far to go when it comes to contradicting the solo white male inventor myths that are often reified in mainstream culture, although recent work in media archaeology that emphasizes the manual labor of participants with the apparatus is changing the narrative about the rise of software culture.

TransformDH & ThatCamp Conference: Doing Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, Disability, and Class

Friday, October 2, 2015 - 9:00am
Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 9:00am
Prince Frederick Hall

On October 2 and 3, 2015, the first Transformative Digital Humanities Conference and THATCamp will take place at University of Maryland College Park. The theme is "Doing Race, Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, Disability, and Class in DH." Friday will be a traditional conference, and Saturday will be an unconference / ThatCamp format.

A Conference on Freedom of Speech in Russia

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 9:30am
St. Mary's Hall (Multipurpose Room)

Freedom of speech is a concept that defines the role of the individual within a social collective order: it operates simultaneously as a liberal value necessary to the establishment of the public sphere, and as one that potentially conceals within it the problem of power (whether of authority or capital). Some questions to be addressed in this conference include:
- How does Russia mobilize its populations by means of ideological propaganda?
- How do issues of freedom of speech affect the struggle for the public space in the aftermath of Communism?