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New Film and Media Studies Minor at Georgetown

September 29, 2010 – Providing students with the skills needed to understand, study and influence media in the digital age is the goal of a new film and media studies minor at Georgetown College.

“Our students need opportunities to learn about histories and theories of media and about how media shapes our access to and understanding of the world,” says Bernie Cook, associate dean of the College.

A 1990 graduate of the College, Cook holds a Ph.D. in film and television studies and has played a significant role in developing the film and media studies program in his 13 years at Georgetown.

“Our new minor will enable students to integrate the study and the creation of media and make connections to their other academic commitments, thereby enriching their education,” he says.

Academics and Social Justice

Robynn Stilwell, associate professor of performing arts, says the new program is multidisciplinary and incorporates the Jesuit mission.

The minor has three emphases – media history and theory; experiential learning in media creation; and media and social justice.

Students also may choose to combine the study of media with other fields of interest or with their major.

“The relationship with performing arts and literature is perhaps more obvious, but law, politics, diplomacy, community service – these all demand media literacy today, an awareness of how it is created, how it affects people,” Stilwell says.

New Faculty

Film studies assistant professor Caetlin Benson-Allott, a new faculty member at Georgetown, will take an active role in developing the new minor.

Winner of the 2009 the Society for the Cinema and Media Studies’ dissertation award, Benson-Allot is a contributing editor to Film Quarterly and previously taught at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

“Washington, D.C., has an amazing history as an exhibition space for film – repertory theaters, embassies, museums and the Library of Congress,” she says. “At Georgetown, students have a unique opportunity to see how film becomes part of national memory and international exchange.”

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