Today the Roy H. Park School of Communications houses more than 1,500 students, but its beginnings date back to 1931 when the first radio course was taught. Additional classes focused on television began during the 1950s. Two decades later, the department moved from the College of Arts and Sciences to become its own division. In 1973, the School of Communications was founded, later named after...

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Janice Levy, professor in the Department of Media Arts, Sciences and Studies, has been named a Visiting Artist at Wintergreen Performing Arts Festival 2013 (Blue Ridge Mountains, VA). This year’s festival, the theme of which is: “In My Mind’s Eye: Image, imagery and imagination in the arts," will feature several lectures and a workshop conducted by Levy.

The lectures are open to festival participants; the three-day intensive workshop is for a select group of intermediate and advanced photographers interested in photographing life in central Virginia.

For more information about the festival go to:


An exhibition of photographs from Saudi Arabia by Janice Levy, professor, Department of Media Arts, Sciences, and Studies, will be on display at the Les Yeux du Monde Gallery in Charlottesville, VA through July 16.

The exhibition, which opened on June 12, was part of LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph June 13-15, 2013. The festival featured exhibitions and presentations by: Gregory Crewdson, Richard Misrach, Susan Meiselas and others. Closing reception with gallery talk by Levy will be held on July 16, 2013.

To view her work,


Patricia Zimmermann was recently named the recipient of the Park School Faculty Writing Award for her essay, "Humanist and Poetic Activism: The Rob Flaherty Film Seminar in the 1950s."

Zimmerman, professor of screen studies and Codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival, was selected unanimously by a judging panel consisting of Park School faculty whose professional expertise represent scholarly writing, journalism, and screen/scriptwriting.

According to the judges, Zimmermann's work "represents a culmination of multiple years of solid scholarship and examines an area of cinema history that gave birth to the early independent film festivals that has rarely been explored."

The essay was published by University of St. Andrews Press (2012).


Seniors Joseph Killeen and Ethan Burnette are this year's recipients of the Park School Student Writing Award.

A panel of Park School faculty whose professional expertise represent scholarly writing, journalism, and screen/scriptwriting reviewed the nominations and selected the winners.

The committee unanimously agreed to split the award between Killeen, author of the short script, LOVESICK, and Burnette, author of a full-length screenplay, SYNAPSE.


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