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Posted by Colleen Lemos at 12:25PM   |  Add a comment
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Blog post written by Colleen Ryan, Television-Radio '12, Anthropology Minor, Lansing, NY

In recent years, FLEFF added the Graduate Fellows of Color Program to the festival repertoire.

This past week I spoke with Warren Schlesinger (who has one of the best office views of Cayuga Lake I might add), the program's coordinator, who filled me in on a little more of what the fellowship consists of.

While the title is rather self-explanatory, I was pleased to discover the foundation behind the program:  In hopes to create more depth and discussion to FLEFF, Ithaca College created the program in hopes to bring highly educated individuals to the area not only to participate in the festival but to become familiar with Ithaca College itself. 

The program not only adds intellectual depth to the program and the college, but to Ithaca itself (which for its size is extremely deep with scholarly and enlightened minds!).  

Next week, eleven competitively selected graduate students with expertise ranging from Latin American History to Film, be attending FLEFF, and traveling from California to as close as Binghamton.

So why become a graduate fellow? Why not.  Not only is FLEFF a great place to be intellectually engaged, but it's also life enriching. Schlesinger told me that many of the fellows keep in touch long after the festival.  Intellectual networking?  Yes, please.

As a soon to be graduate student, I can't wait to pick their brains and learn about their studies!

The graduate fellows will be participating in many of the panels, screenings and discussions, so don't forget to say hello and ask them about their work!


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