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Media Studies 40th Anniversary Celebration Fall 2015- Spring 2016

This upcoming fall 2015-spring 2016 academic year will mark the 40th anniversary of Media Studies at The New School. Today, the graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education curricula of the School of Media Studies carefully balance theory and practice, so that our students are fully engaged with current media scholarship as well as the latest tools of media production and management. Our programs prepare students to advance in almost any career direction in the rapidly evolving global media industries.

In commemoration of the 40 year milestone, Media Studies has arranged a series of events entitled Forty Years Looking Forward. Commencing the series will be our keynote celebration on Friday, September 25, 2015 in the historic Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street. Please join Media Studies for a night of looking back at the school’s rich and diverse history with opening remarks from The New School President, David Van Zandt. Guest speakers include former Media Studies Chair and Associate Dean Carol Wilder, Media Studies founder Kit Laybourne, and President-Designate of School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Media Studies alum, Elissa Tenny. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public but RSVP is strongly encouraged.

The celebration will continue with with other programs later this fall, including:

Distinguished Alumni Panel:  Key Thinkers in the Field
Monday, October 19th, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
University Center, U-L104
13th Street
New York, NY 10011

The evening will feature presentations by three distinguished Media Studies alumni who are internationally recognized scholars of media studies:  Dr. Paula Gardner, MA Media Studies ’94 (Ontario College of Art and Design University); Dr. Laurie Ouellette, MA Media Studies ’93 (University of Minnesota); and Dr. Susan Murray, MA Media Studies ’94 (New York University).

Distinguished Alumni Film Screening:  Making Films that Matter
Friday, November 13, 2015 7:00pm-9:00pm
Wollman Hall, Room B500
65 West 11th Street, 10003

Making Films that Matter will include a feature-length fiction film, a short film, and a sampler of brief excerpts from the diversity of award-winning films–documentary, fiction, animation, and experimental–made over the past 40 years by our alumni.

During Spring 2016 we will host another series of events to look forward to the future of Media Studies.  We will send you an invitation for those events later in the year.



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