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SOC SIGNATURE SERIES

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AU School of Communication Signature Series events include film screenings, discussion forums and special events co-sponsored by invited partner organizations. SOC Signature Series screenings and panel discussions are free and open to students, faculty and the greater Washington, DC community on a first-come, first seated basis.

SOC Signature Series events are hosted in the AU SOC McKinley Building unless indicated otherwise. Campus Directions: american.edu/AUMaps

In the event of inclement weather, check AU's website for any cancellations: www.american.edu. For more information or to request a disability-related accommodation or accessibility information, please contact Lydia Schindler at lydias@american.edu.

Ongoing SOC Signature Series events:

  • Media that Matter -- Social impact films and discussion on major issues of our time. Aimed at social engagement, MTM events generally feature Q&A with filmmakers and expert guests. Hosted by AU-SOC, Center for Media & Social Impact and others.
  • Environmental Film Series -- Film clips and speakers from National Geographic, Smithsonian, Discovery and other environmental organizations. Hosted by Chris Palmer, Executive Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, and AU-SOC.
  • International Cinema Series -- Foreign film screenings and discussion hosted by AU-SOC, National Gallery of Art, AFI and respective Embassies.
  • PBS FRONTLINE/Investigative Reporting Workshop Screenings -- Documentary screenings include behind-the-scenes discussion with correspondents and producers. Hosted by IRW and Frontline co-producers and AU-SOC.
  • Faculty Forums -- Faculty presentations in various areas of expertise hosted by AU-SOC. 

PREVIOUS EVENTS

  1. Gael Garcia Bernal

    Who Is Dayani Cristal?

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12 at 6:30 pm

    MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

    Filmmaker Gael Garcia Bernal and Marc Silver explores the journey of a Central American migrant worker who died trying to cross into the United States. It raises the questions "Who was Dayani Cristal? What brought him here? How did he die?"

    Sponsored by School of Communication, ALF-CIO, and DC Labor Fest

  1. Arial View of Pentagon

    The Age of Consequences

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5 at 6:30 pm

    MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

    Film screening followed by a panel discussion moderated by Alice Hill, research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, with American University professors Paul Wapner, SIS, and Kiho Kim, CAS; and Franceso Femia, co-founder and president, Center for Climate and Security.

    The Hurt Locker meets An Inconvenient Truth, The Age of Consequences investigates how climate change impacts resource scarcity, migration, and conflict through the lens of US national security and global stability. Whether a long-term vulnerability or sudden shock, the film unpacks how water and food shortages, extreme weather, drought, and sea-level rise function as accelerants of instability and catalysts for conflict. Left unchecked, these threats and risks will continue to grow in scale and frequency, with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century.

    Sponsored by: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Public Affairs, School of International Service.

    http://www.ageofconsequences.com

  1. Jake Tapper

    An Evening with Jake Tapper

    TUESDAY, APRIL 4 at 6:30 pm

    MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

    Jake Tapper, CNN anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent, will speak to AU students. An intimate evening with students, co-presented by SOC and KPU, and moderated by SOC professor Jane Hall. AU student ID required.

    Sponsored by School of Communication and Kennedy Political Union

  1. Ericka Menchen Trevino

    The Web Historian Project: Trace Partnerships in Practice

    THURSDAY, MARCH 30 at 11:30 am

    MEDIA INNOVATION LAB

    A Faculty Forum presentation with Public Communicaton professor Dr. Ericka Menchen Trevino on her Web Historian project. Digital technologies are becoming an essential part of everyday life around the world. Records of digital behavior, digital traces, are being stored and analyzed at an unprecedented scale every day. Who should have access to these traces? What should digital traces be used to accomplish? These are two of the most consequential normative questions of the digital era. The Web Historian project is a pragmatic intervention from the perspective of communication research. Researchers must partner with the technology users they study to repurpose the digital traces that corporations and governments use for surveillance to instead serve the needs of individuals and communities, including the research community. This trace partnership approach is implemented through the Web Historian project which uses data visualizations to inform, empower, and partner with technology users to improve digital research methods in order to better understand technology-infused societies.

    Sponsored by: School of Communication

  1. Kayaker on river

    Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water

    TUESDAY, MARCH 28 at 7:00 pm

    MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

    This documentary -- conceived, written, produced, shot, directed and edited by students in Environmental & Wildlife Production (COMM 568) -- will air during Maryland Public Television's Chesapeake Bay Week in April. Keeping the Potomac examines the efforts of three local river keepers to hold polluters accountable along the Potomac River watershed. Created by Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath, Anthony Brunner, Doaa Nour, Sam Sheline, Raffi Paul, Sarah Liebman, Kent Wagner, Chelsea Greene and Xinyi Song and by American University's Center for Environmental Filmmaking, in association with Maryland Public Television. Panel discussion, hosted by Professor Chris Palmer, follows screenings. Panelists include student filmmakers and Professor Mike English, who taught the Center for Environmental Filmmaking class where Keeping the Potomac was produced for Maryland Public Television.

    Sponsored by: Center for Environmental Filmmaking, School of Communication and Maryland Public Television

  1. Void of Mercy

    Void of Mercy: A Conversation About Marie Deans and Her Fight Against the Death Penalty

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 at 7:00 pm

    MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

    Todd C. Peppers and Margart Anderson, authors of A Courageous Fool: Marie Deans and Her Struggle Against the Death Penalty will lead a panel discussion on the life and work of Marie Deans and her struggle against the death penalty.

    Sponsored by: School of Communication

  1. Lessons from the Media Frontier

    Lessons From The Media Frontier

    MONDAY, MARCH 27 at 1:00 pm

    MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

    This special presentation of Professor Scott Talan's Understanding Media class features Atlantic Media Strategies. Social and mobile technologies have transformed how people interpret and navigate their world. At any time of day, on any digital device, people can explore a seemingly endless amount of content, as curated for them through sources ranging from Facebook and messaging apps to newsletters and their colleagues' tweets. Publishers and storytellers of all kinds are grappling with how to make an impact in this crowded content environment. Applying lessons from Atlantic Media's award-winning properties (The Atlantic, Quartz, CityLab, National Journal, and Government Executive) and the wider web, AMS strategists will discuss the art of planning, crafting and promoting stories to capture the attention and loyalty of modern audiences.

    Sponsored by: School of Communication, Atlantic Media Strategies

  1. Rooster, Fork, Lettuce

    At The Fork

    FRIDAY, MARCH 24 AT 7:00 pm

    MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

    Following the screening of this critically acclaimed documentary that opens our eyes to the food we eat, Chris Palmer will moderate a discussion with top executive of The Humane Society of the United States and Whole Foods.

    Sponsored by: Center for Environmental Filmmaking and School of Communication

  1. Solar Panels, Frog, Kayak, Sharks

    Student Short Environmental Film Festival

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 at 7:00 pm

    MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

    Come and watch some fascinating and entertaining films made by top film students. Professor Chris Palmerwill lead an entertaining and interactive session with the audience and the filmmakers on why and how these films are made. This event builds on EFF's latest initiative, led by Arjumand Hamid, director of Educational Outreach, to become an educational resource for students of all backgrounds and ages. Followed by a discussion with the student filmmakers.

    Co-sponsored by: Center for Environmental Filmmaking and School of Communication

  1. River at sunset

    OK, I'VE WATCHED THE FILM, NOW WHAT?

    THURSDAY, MARCH 23 AT 7:00 pm

    MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

    7:00 pm -- Film Clips and Panel Discussion

    Film clips and panel discussion hosted and moderated by Chris Palmer, director, Center for Environmental Flimmaking, School of Communication, AU.

    How do we produce films that make a difference? This session, illustrated with clips of inspiring films, explores the way we can turn films into action at both the policy and personal levels. Our panelists will address the challenges of producing films that have a tangible and measurable impact on their audiences and society.

    Panelists: Award-winning filmmakers Samira Goetschel, Ellie Walton, Brandon Kramer and Lance Kramer.

    Sponsored by: Center for Environmental Filmmaking and School of Communication.

  1. Chris Palmer

    An Evening With Chris Palmer: The Most Important Food Films of All Time

    TUESDAY, MARCH 21 AT 7:00 pm

    MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

    7:00 pm -- Program

    6:30 pm -- Reception

    Film producer Chris Palmer, founder and director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, SOC, describes the best food films of all time, illustrating his remarks with compelling clips. He will also screen the winners of this year's Eco-Comedy Video Competition, co-sponsored by AU's Center for Environmental Filmmaking and The Nature Conservancy.

    Sponsored by: Center for Environmental Filmmaking and School of Communication

  1. Stanley Nelson

    An Evening With Stanley Nelson

    TUESDAY, MARCH 7 at 6:30 pm

    MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

    6:00 pm -- Reception

    6:30 pm -- Program

    Stanley Nelson, award-winning documentary filmmaker, shares his experiences of race and racial identity through the films he has made over the past two decades (The Murder of Emmett Till, Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders, Sweet Honey in the Rock, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution). Film clips screening and discussion followed by Q&A with students.

    Sponsored by: School of Communication, College of Arts and Sciences and Center for Diversity and Inclusion

    A CAS Department of History 2017 Gary L. Braithwaite Memorial Lecture Event

  1. Cartoon Man Tickling Giant Foot

    Tickling Giants

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017

    MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

    6:30 pm - Reception

    7:00 pm - Program

    Film screening and moderated discussion with Professor Sarah Menke-Fish. Filmmaker Sara Taksler documents the work of Dr. Bassem Youssef on his efforts following the Arab Spring and in need of a laugh. Dr. Bassem Youssef left his career as a heart surgeon in Cairo to try his hand at comedy. Youssef incorporated his observations from Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show" into "Al Bernameg," the first political satire show in Egypt. Thirty million viewers watched each episode.

    Sponsored by: Film and Media Arts Division, School of Communication

    Film trailer here

  1. Environmental Film Festival

    Highlights from the 2017 Environmental Film Festival In the Nationl's Capital (EFF), March 14-26

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 AT 7:00 pm

    MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

    EFF, dcenvironmentalfilmfestival.org, is the largest and longest running environmental film festival in the country and will present 150+ films to provide fresh perspectives on a wide variety of environmental issues facing the earth. The films will explore endangered wildlife, freshwater and oceans, food and agriculture, energy and resources, sustainable living, and the built environment. Join Festival Executive Director Maryanne Culpepper for a sneak peek at some of the most exciting new films to be shown during the 25th annual festival.

    Sponsored by: Center for Environmental Filmmaking and School of Communication.

  1. Hate Rising

    Hate Rising

    WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 at 6:30 pm

    MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

    6:30 pm -- Film Screening and Panel Discussion with Director Catherine Tambini and Cinematographer Larry Engel

    6:00 pm -- Reception

    This timely documentary was inspired by the incident in which journalist Jorge Ramos was ejected from a Donald Trump press conference and told by the then-presidential candidate to "go back to Univision." The Mexican-born Ramos examines how hate is contagious and sits down with the white nationalists who are emboldened by the Trump campaign. An intimate portrait of our country emerges offering firsthand accounts of Americans who have been targets of hate in various parts of the country and highlights the simmering anger just beneath the surface. "Hate Rising" is directed by Catherine Tambini and produced in conjunction with FUSION and Univision Story House.

    Sponsored by: School of Communication, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion


Image of dogs and cats

STORYTELLING AND ANIMAL PROTECTION WITH HSUS

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 AT 7:00 pm

MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

6:30 pm -- Reception

7:00 pm -- Program

If you like animal videos, we've got an evening for you! Chad Sisneros is the Managing Director of the Creative Department at The Humane Society of the United States, with 20 years of experience shooting, editing and campaigning for animal protection. Through a camera lens, his teams have supported many of HSUS's largest campaigns against factory farming, puppy mills, dogfighting, and the Canada seal hunt, just to name a few. The strength of their video storytelling is one of the main drivers of their campaign success at HSUS. Come and watch some amazing animal stories!

Sponsored by: Center for Environmental Filmmaking and School of Communication

 

President Obama in the White House

PERSONALIZING THE PRESIDENCY: DIGITAL MEDIA AND THE OBAMA WHITE HOUSE

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 AT 7:00 pm

MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

7:00 pm - Panel Presentation

6:30 pm - Reception

Three former White House media staffers tell the stories behind the photos, videos and other visual media that helped shape Obama's image. Audience Q&A to follow. Panelists include Amanda Lucidon, former official White House photographer; Adam Garber, former video director for the White House Office of Digital Strategy; and Kodiak Starr, former creative director for the White House Office of Digital Strategy.

Sponsored by: Student media groups, School of Communication

 

Bill Gentile holding camera

WAR, PEACE AND TECHNOLOGY: THRIVING IN THE FIELD BY BACKPACK JOURNALIST BILL GENTILE

FEBRUARY 16 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

MEDIA INNOVATION LAB

SOC Film and Media Arts Professor Bill Gentile will discuss how he became a conflict-zone journalist, presenting clips from his own archives. Gentile produced and shot "Afghanistan: The Forgotten War," which was broadcast by NOW on PBS and earned him a national Emmy Award nomination. Join him for a behind the scenes look into his archives.

Sponsored by: School of Communication

Reporters at a press briefing


HOW TO SPOT A LIE (POP-UP CLASS)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8 at 12:30 pm

MEDIA INNOVATION LAB

Michelle Lee of The Washington Post's Fact Checker joins us for a workshop on how to vet and verify political and government statements -- regardless of political party. SOC periodically hosts Pop-Up classes on timely topics. Open to all. Sponsored by: SOC Journalism Division

 

Basketball players holding trophy

ON THE MAP: WRITING ISRAEL'S STORY WITH DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER DANI MENKIN

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 AT 7:30 pm

MALSI DOYLE AND MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

Dani Menkin, author, filmmaker, and two-time Israeli Academy Award winner will show clips and speak about the process of writing and creating his newest documentary, ON THE MAP, the uplifting, inspiring and true story of Maccabi Tel Aviv's 1977 European Championship. The film recounts how an Israeli basketball team gave hope to a nation in a time when Israel was still suffering the heartache of the 1972 Olympic massacre, the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight from Tel Aviv. Dani Menkin is the first speaker in the Sondra D. and Howard Bender Israeli Writer Series, which will focus this spring on the "New Generation of Israeli Writers." Future speakers include Assaf Gavron (Feb. 23) and Dorit Rabinyan (April 20). Sponsored by: Center for Israel Studies, SOC Film & Media Arts Division, and Center for Media and Social Impact

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

BEING MORTAL: MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1 AT 6:00 pm

MALSI DOYLE & MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

6:00 pm - Documentary followed by panel discussion about medicine and end of life care

Panel moderated by Tina Ulrich, physician and AU professor. Panelists: Mark Schaefer, AU Chaplain, Niel Rosen, bioethicist and professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine; and Carol G Kaplun, Nurse Care Manager, Iona Senior Services. FRONTLINE follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. In conjunction with Gawande's new book, "Being Mortal", the film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors -- himself included -- are often remarkably untrained, illsuited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.

Sponsored by: School of Communication and College of Arts and Sciences Department of Health Studies

 

Newtown Film Screening

NEWTOWN FILM SCREENING

TUESDAY, JANUARY 31 at 8:00 pm

MARY GRAYDON CENTER 3-5

With special guest Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT). Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience.

Co-sponsored by: School of Communication and AU Democrats


Newsfeeds, Algorithms, Moderation, Ethics

CONTENT RULES?! NEWS FEEDS, ALGORITHMS, MODERATION AND ETHICS

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18

6:00 pm Program

7:30 pm Reception

Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater

The controversy over the possible influence of fake news on the US presidential election has drawn attention to the role of algorithmically mediated content platforms like Facebook and Reddit in shaping public opinion and behavior. The School of Communication is hosting an expert panel discussion addressing the technical, policy, and ethical questions raised by these algorithmically negotiated spaces.

Co-sponsored with the Internet Society's New York and DC chapters and the Internet Governance Lab at American University. 

 

 

 

 

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STORIES OF STRENGTH

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14

7:00 pm Program

6:30 pm Reception

Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater

First-person short digital films by Washingtonians in partnership with OneDC working for racial and economic equity in DC neighborhoods and DC Doors providing comprehensive services for Latino families and single women facing a housing crisis. In collaboration with the students of Prof. Nina Shapiro-Perl's Community Documentary Course.

Co-sponsored with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Media and Social Impact.

 

 

Illusion Travel by Streetcar

OBJECTS OF DESIRE: THE FILMS OF LUIS BUNUEL | ILLUSION TRAVELS BY STREETCAR

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER, 17 at 6:30 pm

6:30 pm - Film Screening (1954, 94 minutes)

Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater

Comic, surreal, political, with marvelous cinematography. La Ilusion Viaja en Tranvia is the story of two entrepreneurial transit workers who renovate a streetcar on their own time, but their boss has a deal to replace it. They steal #133, on a mission: “an education of the public,” and crisscross Mexico City, giving free rides to a cross-section of humanity. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Guest Speakers: Carlos A. Gutierrez, co-founding director of Cinema Tropical, Professor Jeffrey Middents, American University. 

Co-sponsored by: AU School of Communication and College of Arts and Sciences, American Film Institute, SPAIN Arts & Culture, Mexican Cultural Institute, Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the National Gallery of Art.

 

 

Four Pictures from Student Short Films

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 AT 7PM

Come and watch some fascinating and entertaining films made by top film students. Professor Chris Palmer will lead an entertaining and interactive session with the audience and the filmmakers on why and how these films are made. This event builds on EFF's latest initiative, led by Arjumand Hamid, Director of Educational Outreach, to become an educational resource for students of all backgrounds and ages.

Followed by a discussion with the student filmmakers.

 

Book cover for Disability Rights Advocacy Online

FACULTY FORUM: DISABILITY RIGHTS ADVOCACY ONLINE -- VOICE, EMPOWERMENT AND GLOBAL CONNECTIVITY


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 AT 11:30 A.M.

Media Innovation Lab

In just a few short years, Internet-based media have revolutionized disability rights advocacy. At a time of crisis, online media fostered a renewed sense of unity in the traditionally fragmented disability community, starting a process that is continuing today as advocates try to organize the disability vote in the 2016 election. New digitally native organizations have emerged, which challenged traditional ways of thinking about disability advocacy. Young disabled bloggers have become the new faces of the disability movement. In this talk, Filippo Trevisan will review the changes, challenges, and opportunities that led to these transformations, discussing their significance for the disability community and any movements that seek to spark social change.

 

 

Los Olvidados

OBJECTS OF DESIRE: THE FILMS OF LUIS BUNUEL | LOS OLVIDADOS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER, 4 at 7:00 pm

6:30 pm - Opening Night Reception
7:00 pm - Film Screening (1950, 88 minutes)

Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater

The masterpiece from Buñuel’s Mexican years, Los Olvidados was initially savaged by Mexican critics who faulted the film for its unapologetic depiction of savagery among Mexico City’s disenfranchised youth and other unchecked social ills. Championed by poet Octavio Paz, then Mexico’s cultural ambassador to France, the film was selected for the 1951 Cannes Film Festival where Buñuel won Best Director, reintroducing him to the world stage and reigniting his stalled film career. A unique blend of Italian-style neorealism, with its real locations and non-professional cast, and Buñuel’s trademark surrealism, most spectacularly in a slow-motion Freudian nightmare that is one of the director’s most iconic scenes. In Spanish with English subtitles.

Guest Speakers: Professor Julian Gutierrez-Albilla, University of Southern California, and Professor Jeffrey Middents, American University.   

Co-sponsored by: AU School of Communication and College of Arts and Sciences, American Film Institute, SPAIN Arts & Culture, Mexican Cultural Institute, Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the National Gallery of Art.

 

 

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FROM CRONKITE TO TRUMP: JOURNALISM'S EVOLUTION

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2016

7:00 pm Program; 6:30 pm Reception

Malsi Doyle and George Forman Theater

A conversation about how we cover news with Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post, and Charles Lewis, executive editor of The Investigative Reporting Workshop.

Co-sponsored by The Investigative Reporting Workshop.

 

 

Pollsters

COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION '16: THE POLLSTERS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 at 6:30 pm

Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater

With exactly one week to go before Election Day, join two of the country's leading polling and political analysts as they shed light on the trends that will shape the outcome of this year's historic presidential race. Democrat Margie Omero and Republican Kristen Soltis Anderson, hosts of the popular weekly podcast "The Pollsters," will share their insights about the state of the race, what factors are driving voters' decision-making, and what we should expect on Election Day. This event is part of a series organized by the School of Communication and the School of Public Affairs at American University leading up to Election 2016. This event honors Dotty Lynch, a renowned political journalist, pollster and faculty member who instilled in students a love of politics and news. Dotty was the inaugural director of the Master's program in Political Communication that is jointly run by SOC and SPA.

Co-sponsored by: AU School of Communication and School of Public Affairs, Kennedy Political Union, College Republicans and AU Dems.

 

 

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COMMUNITY VOICE PROJECT

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26

7:00 pm Program

Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater

Community Voice Facilitators at the Center for Media and Social Impact worked with community storytellers to help them create short autobiographical films about key moments in their lives called "digital stories." The community storytellers became first-time filmmakers speaking about transformational moments in their lives -- in their own words, in their own voice through their own photographs and images. Drawing on people's lived experiences of poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, ethnic discrimination, sexual assault, drugs and homelessness -- all seemingly quite different, the digital stories captured the finest aspects of our humanity even when those aspects are often memories filled with pain and suffering that arises from alienation and aloneness.

Co-sponsored by Center for Media and Social Impact and Community Voice Project

 

 

BEFORE THE FLOOD SCREENING PLUS Q&A

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 at 7:00 pm

6:30 pm - Reception 
7:00 pm - Film Screening (2016, 93 minutes)

Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater

Pre-premier screenings of Leonardo DiCaprio and National Geographic’s new documentary Before The Flood. The film is a call to action on climate change as it follows DiCaprio around the globe to bear witness to a changing climate and meet with experts on what must be done to save an inhabitable planet. The filmmakers and parties involved believe the film will help to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the globe. Subjects of the film include: Leonardo DiCaprio, President Barack Obama, Former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State John Kerry, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Pope Francis. The focus is what must be done today to transition our economic and political systems into environmentally friendly institutions. This is a special screening of the film before the film’s official premier on the National Geographic channel October 31, 2016. Bob Dreher, Senior Vice President of Conservation Programs at Defenders of Wildlife will answer questions after the screening.

Co-sponsored by: Center for Environmental Filmmaking and Picture Motion

 

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FACULTY FORUM: PRESIDENT TRUMP?

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25 at 11:30 am

Media Innovation Lab, McKinley Building 

In this timely, not to be missed Faculty Forum, School of Communication Professor Leonard Steinhorn will discuss the 2016 election and what gave rise to the Trump candidacy. A professor of Public Communication and an affiliate professor of History, Prof. Steinhorn specializes in American politics, culture and media, strategic communication, the presidency, race relations, the 1960s, and recent American history. His books include: The Greater Generation: In Defense of the Baby Boom Legacy and By the Color of Our Skin: The Illusion of Integration and the Reality of Race, and his work and expertise has been published in the Washington PostSalonNew York TimesPoliticoHistory News Network and elsewhere. He has served as a political analyst for CBS News since 2012. Before joining the AU faculty, he spent 15 years as a political consultant and speechwriter. The Faculty Research & Projects Forum is a monthly lecture series highlighting exciting and high-impact work produced by the faculty at American University's School of Communication whose work is at the forefront of great communication problems and ideas of our time.

 

 

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FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE WATCH PARTY

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19 AT 9:00 PM

WARD LOBBY

Join SPA, SOC, KPU, AU Democrats, AU Republicans, and the University Center for a debate watch party for the last presidential debate. Snag some snacks, a bingo card, and don't forget to take you picture at our debate-themed photo booth, and tag @AU_SOC and @AU_SPA.


Co-sponsored by: School of Public Affairs, Kennedy Political Union, AU Dems, AU Republicans, University Center

 

 

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FLY BY LIGHT

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19

7:00 pm Film Screening (1993, 83 minutes)

Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater

Directed by Ellie Walton, this documentary examines what happens when a group of inner-city teens based out of Washington, DC are taken to West Virginia for a peace education program. Their lives, of course, are changed dramatically, but how will this experience affect their lives upon returning home?

Co-sponsored by Center for Media and Social Impact and Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

 

 

Jennifer Shoemaker

ENTERTAINMENT WITH A CONSERVATION MISSION 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER, 18 at 7:00 pm

6:30 pm - Food and Drink
7:00 pm - Clips and Discussion with Jennifer Shoemaker

Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater

Jennifer Shoemaker a science communicator and visual storyteller with twenty years of experience interpreting science and conservation through television shows, digital video, and live event media. She is the Senior Director of the Visual Storytelling Team at Conservation International, where she recently completed a virtual reality film about the Amazon rainforest. Prior to Conservation International, she was a television producer and Director of Science and Exploration Media at National Geographic. She has also worked as an Earth science video producer NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, and created the National Park Service's first video podcasts while working at Yellowstone National Park. Her video work builds upon a previous career as a park ranger at a number of parks across the American West, including Yosemite and Rocky Mountain national parks. Jennifer will talk about her filmmaking career and show many clips of her work.

Co-sponsored by: Center for Environmental Filmmaking and Conservation International

 

 

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COLD VENGEANCE: THE EPIC STORY OF HUMANITY AND ARCTIC

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 AT 4:00 PM

Media Innovation Lab, McKinley Building

Join Pulitzer Center grantee Eli Kintisch as he explores the Arctic’s history and modern unraveling through photos, video footage and the stories of the region’s inhabitants, explorers and scientists. The Arctic is warming at twice the global average rate, but the effects of its thaw could affect billions far from its frozen shores. Kintisch is a Washington-DC based, award-winning correspondent for Science magazine who has traveled to seven Arctic nations since 2013 and has witnessed the thawing of the great white way. The event is free and open to the public but reservations are requested: 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cold-vengeance-the-epic-story-of-humanity-and-arctic-tickets-27759418167

Co-sponsored by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

 

 

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ENEMIES OF THE PEOPLE

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12

7:00 pm Film Screening (2009, 94 minutes)

MALSI DOYLE/MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

"Enemies of the People" is a 2009 British/Cambodian documentary film written and directed by Rob Lemkin and Thet Sambath. The film depicts the 10-year quest of co-director Sambath to find truth and closure in the Killing Fields of Cambodia. An estimated 1.7 mission Cambodians died during the rule of the Khmer Rouge, a radical communist movement led by Pol Pot. Among the victims were Thet Sambath's mother, father and brother. He says he did not understand why the Khmer Rouge unleashed such violence on their compatriots. In 1999, he decided to seek confessions and explanations from former Khmer Rouge officials at all levels. The film features interviews by former Khmer Rouge officials from the most senior surviving leader to the men and women who slit throats during the regime of Democratic Kampuchea between 1975 and 1979.


 

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PBS - THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11 at 7 pm

6:30 pm - Reception
7:00 pm - Program 

Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater

In a rapidly changing industry, remaining relevant has become harder than ever and winning over viewers has never been more challenging. Despite this disruption, PBS remains strong. The last few years have seen PBS return to original American drama with Mercy Street, enter a co-production agreement with the BBC, position itself as the home for independent film, and grow from the 12th most watched in primetime to the 5th most watched among all networks. Get a sneak peek of what’s to come from the country’s most prominent provider of public television content, and join Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and GM of General Audience Programming, as she discusses how taking risks and experimenting, while remaining committed to PBS’ mission, have made it possible.

Co-sponsored by: Center for Environmental Filmmaking and PBS

 

 

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COUNTDOWN TO ELECTION '16: POLITICAL PERSUASION

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 at 8:00 pm

The Tavern, MGC

Conversation and Q&A with CNN political commentators and former Presidential campaign strategists/organizers from opposite sides of the aisle, Ana Navarro and Patti Solis Doyle. Moderated by SOC Professor Jane Hall.


Co-sponsored by: KPU, College Democrats, College Republicans, Latin and American Student Organization, League of United Latin American Citizens

 

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STAND WITH CONGO'S WHITE ELEPHANT

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5

7:00 pm Film Screening (2015, 90 minutes)

MALSI DOYLE/MICHAEL FORMAN THEATER

The #StandWithCongo campaign includes activists, filmmakers, political experts, and community organizers in an effort to solve conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Director Mike Ramsdell's When Elephants Fight was created in partnership with the #StandWithCongo campaign. The film highlights conflict in the Congo region and how human rights have been affected in the aftermath.

Co-sponsored by: Center for Media and Social Impact and Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law

 

 

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2016 THE NEWS GAMES

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4 at 6:00 pm 

Media Innovation Lab

Campus-wide news quiz challenge hosted by Derek McGinty, SOC alumnus and former CBS-Washington anchorman. The News Games are part of a coordinated effort to highlight the importance of staying engaged with the news coordinated by the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. 

Sponsored by: School of Communication

 

 

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DISCOVERY LEARNING ALLIANCE - USING THE POWER OF MEDIA FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 at 7 pm; 6:30 pm Food and Drink

6:30 pm - Reception
7:00 pm - Clips and Discussion with DLA President Aric Noboa.

Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater

Media can be an effective tool for shaping public dialogue while changing individual and group behavior. In order to make a lasting impact in classrooms and communities in the developing world, Discovery Communications established a nonprofit, Discovery Learning Alliance. DLA President, Aric Noboa, will show how this organization is using media to transform education and improve lives in marginalized communities across Africa and beyond. From scripted movies to educational videos to primetime talk shows, he will share clips and describe the process they use to find the right media tools to affect lasting social impact. 

Co-sponsored by: Center for Environmental Filmmaking and Discovery Learning Alliance.

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2016 PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE WATCH PARTY

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 at 8:15 pm 

Watch in the Media Innovation Lounge the 2016 Presidential Debate with fellow students and faculty. 

8:15 pm - Pizza Party and pre-debate coverage; Room 101
9:00 pm - Watch the 2016 Presidential Debate; Media & Innovation Lounge
10:30 pm - Q&A re: Debate and Network Coverage, moderated by SOC professors Jane Hall and Molly O'Rourke. MIL

Co-sponsored by Kennedy Political Union.