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Matthew Holtmeier, postdoctoral teaching fellow in Screen Studies, authored an article in the anthology Cinematic Homecomings: Exile and Return in Transnational Cinema. ​

His piece, titled "​Burning Straw Men: The 1979 Revolution and Bahman Farmanara's Stubborn Cosmopolitanism," explores director Bahman Farmanara's departure from Iran due to the 1979 revolution, and his subsequent return after working as a producer abroad. The films Farmanara made after returning to Iran illustrate the director's 'stubborn cosmopolitanism,' despite the newly structured sense of national identity in post-revolution Iran.

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Katalin Lustyik, associate professor in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies, has been invited to deliver a presentation at the Transnational Children's Television and Audiences Symposium organized by the Arab Media Centre of the Communication and Research Institute (CAMRI) at the University of Westminster, London, UK, on October 24, 2014.

Her presentation, "Hungarian and Eastern European Children's Media in a Regional and Transnational Context," is part of a panel and debate session focused on "Children’s Experiences of Digital Media: Breakthroughs and Setbacks."

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John Scott’s film “In the Waiting Room” was one of twenty-nine films in competition at the Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin last weekend. The festival selected twenty-nine movies from over 770 submissions from 70 countries to be in the competition screenings. 

“In the Waiting Room” is Scott’s adaptation of an Elizabeth Bishop poem of the same name and is designed to be integrated into a larger documentary project that focuses on the life and work of the poet.

Scott is an associate professor in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies.
 

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Associate Professor Matt Mogekwu presented two papers this summer at international conferences.

Mogekwu attended the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) in Hyderabad, India, and presented "Global Media Ethics: The Challenge of National Identity and Cultural Boundaries."

Following that conference, he attended the 25th General Conference of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA) in Istanbul, Turkey. There he presented a paper, "Community Theater: The Medium as the Message for Peace." At the conference, he was re-elected to the Governing Council of the Association for a two-year term.

Mogekwu chairs the Department of Journalism.

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Stephen Tropiano, associate professor of screen studies, contributed an essay “‘A Safe and Supportive Environment’: LGBTQ Youth and Social Media” to a recently published anthology, Queer Youth and Media Cultures (Palgrave-MacMillan).

Tropiano’s essay examines how two organizations dedicated to enriching and saving the lives of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) youth--the It Gets Better Project (IGBP) and the Trevor Project--are utilizing social media in unique and creative ways to reach out to young LGBTQ people.

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