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Directing the Image - Layered Visual Storytelling Masterclass

Saturday, December 14th
10:00Am - 5:00PM

Details and Reservations.

Explore what goes into building an intention driven, multi-layered, cinematic story-world through direction, art, lighting, and more. Through lecture, clip analysis, discussion and exercises, this workshop will cover pre-visualization, set design, wardrobe, telling detail, landscape, palette, visual metaphor, leitmotif, shot listing, blocking & camera choreography, mood, tone and pacing.

Commencement ceremonies featuring a bagpipers on the stage Fall 2019 Commencement 

Sunday, December 15TH
Bender Arena, American University

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Fall Commencement will be held on Sunday, December 15, at 10:00 a.m. in Bender Arena. Students who receive degrees in August and September 2019 and eligible degree candidates for December 2019 are invited to participate. American University’s 138th commencement ceremony will feature the conferral of undergraduate and graduate degrees, the commencement address, and remarks by President Sylvia Burwell. Tickets are required to attend the proceedings in Bender Arena, and there will be overflow space with live streams in the Kogod School of Business. 

Past Recent Events

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Screening of knock down the house

Wednesday, OCTOBER 30th
6:30 - 9PM

Details and Reservations.

Join SOC for a screening of Knock Down the House, a film about 4 insurgent candidates in the '18 midterm elections - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush and Paula Jean Swearengin. Directed by Rachel Lears. 

The coastline of Dorchester County, MDVoice of America: Communication and Global Free Press Issues
Wednesday, November 6th 
AbramSon family founders room, School of International Service

Details and registration. 

The School of International Service and the School of Communication present VOA: Communication & Global Free-Press Issues, featuring Amanda Bennett. Voice of America (VOA) is the largest U.S. international broadcaster, providing news and information in more than 40 languages to an estimated weekly audience of more than 275 million people. VOA Director Amanda Bennett oversees the U.S. Agency for Global Media’s largest organization.

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Each year the School of Communication hosts many exciting events including screenings, guest speakers, seminars, and receptions.

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SOC's McKinley building offers a host of event spaces available for rent, ranging from classrooms to a 144 seat theater with 4k projector.

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