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Amanda Ciafone
Media & Cinema Studies News
The Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching recognizes sustained excellence and innovative approaches in undergraduate teaching and contributions beyond classroom instruction that have an overall positive impact on undergraduate student learning. Amanda Ciafone, associate professor of… Read More
Anita Say Chan
Media & Cinema Studies News
Anita Say Chan, associate professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies and at the iSchool, will share her expertise with campus as the Provost Fellow for International Affairs and Global Strategies for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Provost Fellows Program provides selected Illinois… Read More
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Media & Cinema Studies News
Jenny Oyallon-Koloski, assistant professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies, was introduced to the power and influence of media during an introductory film course in college. She recalled watching The Last Laugh, a 1924 film directed by F.W. Murnau, and being “emotionally wrecked”… Read More
Adia Ivey
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Adia Ivey (BS ’19, media and cinema studies) has spent her time since graduation developing MANIFOLD, an experimental anthology docuseries that tells the underrepresented stories of “everyday people we meet in our lives but haven’t had the chance to get to know better” from the Black LGBTQIA+… Read More
Angela Aguayo
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Angela Aguayo, a new associate professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies, begins her work by looking for answers to two questions: Which problems are not being solved right now, and what are the world’s most pressing social issues? Many of her projects, including the oral history… Read More
Jay Rosenstein
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The NFL team in the nation’s capital will no longer be the Redskins. The name is being retired. Jay Rosenstein, a Center for Advanced Study professor of media and cinema studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, directed the 1997 documentary In Whose Honor? about the use of… Read More
Black Lives Matter
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In the wake of the murders most recently of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and Tony McDade, and given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color and Indigenous communities, MACS stands united with Black Lives Matter against structural and institutional racism… Read More
empty theater
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Distributors hold much of the power in the film industry, and will have a major role in what happens in the shadow of COVID-19, says Derek Long, assistant professor of media and cinema studies who focuses on the film distribution system in his research. The virus has added to longstanding trends… Read More
Amanda Ciafone
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(Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.) Amanda Ciafone, assistant professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies, was selected as a 2020-2021 University of Illinois Center for Advanced Study Fellow.  One of the primary missions of CAS is to identify the very best scholars at Illinois. CAS… Read More
Anita Say Chan
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Anita Say Chan, associate professor in the Department of Media & Cinema Studies and at the iSchool, is the recipient of a Fulbright Specialist grant, effective January 2020 through January 2023. A program of the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Specialist Program creates opportunities… Read More
Stephen Feder
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Stephen Feder (BS '02, media studies) has been named a producer at T-Street, a new independent studio led by filmmaker Rian Johnson and producer Ram Bergman, who recently launched Knives Out. According to T-Street, Feder and two other producers, Kiri Hart and Ben LeClair, will "spearhead films of… Read More
MACS class watching film
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Assistant Professor Derek Long, who teaches a class on world cinema and another on media production, is currently working on a book about the development of film distribution in the 1910s-’20s.  Distribution is the “least studied, least understood aspect of the film industry, certainly of… Read More
Anita Say Chan
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Anita Say Chan, associate professor of media and cinema studies, has been selected as a 2019-2020 Data & Society Faculty Fellow. Data & Society is a research institute focused on the social and cultural issues arising from automation and data-centric technology. Its programs draw together… Read More
Amanda Ciafone
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Amanda Ciafone, assistant professor of media and cinema studies at Illinois, describes herself as a cultural historian of capitalism. She is the author of the book “Counter-Cola: A Multinational History of the Global Corporation.” (Photo by L. Brian Stauffer.)  The Coke you drink with your hot dog… Read More
Julie Turnock
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Congratulations to Julie Turnock, associate professor of media and cinema studies, for being awarded a Criticism & Interpretive Theory Senior Research Fellowship by the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, for 2019-2021.   Turnock will be working on a book-length project titled The… Read More
Professor Jay Rosenstein with Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Danita M. B. Young
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Professor Jay Rosenstein with Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Danita M. B. Young at the Diversity and Social Justice Education Awards ceremony on April 16, 2019. (Photo by Madeline Wilson.)  “There’s a little bit of synchronicity going on,” said Professor Jay Rosenstein, at the University… Read More
Oyallon-Koloski video
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Congratulations to Derek Long and Jenny Oyallon-Koloski, both assistant professors of media and cinema studies, for making the list of "best video essays of 2018" released by British Film Institute's Sight and Sound magazine. The roundup features videographic scholars and practitioners’ picks for… Read More
Kenn Little and Professor Jay Rosenstein
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Jay Rosenstein, professor of media and cinema studies, was invited to be a panelist at the screening of More Than a Word, which analyzes the Washington football team name. The event was hosted by Illinois State University on Saturday, March 2, at Normal Theater. "Using interviews from both those… Read More
Valdivia talk
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The Women & Gender in Global Perspectives Program is sponsoring a talk with Professor Angharad Valdivia, WGGP faculty affiliate, research professor at the Institute of Communications Research, and professor of media and cinema studies.  Valdivia will present “Girls Hold Up Half the Sky:… Read More
students making video
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We present the College of Media's year-end video, created by students in our media and cinema studies class "Media Production I," taught by Victor Font.  To create this video, we enlisted the help of about 300 students, faculty, staff, and friends to join us for #MediaOnTheQuad as extras in the… Read More