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February 3, 2020
“...My hope is that through this class, I’ve given students tools they can continue to use when they watch [television],” says Stephen Groening, who has created a new course on race in US television history. Media credit: Corinne Thrash   Television is ubiquitous in America, providing entertainment for millions of viewers. But for historians and media scholars, TV also provides insights into how American values and perspectives have changed over time. In a new Cinema & Media... Read more
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January 13, 2020
We are delighted to announce that associate professor Jennifer Bean is the recipient of the new Robert Jolin Osborne Professorship in Cinema and Media Studies. The endowed professorship was established with a $500,000 gift from the Robert Jolin Osborne Trust in memory of UW alum, film historian, and television host, Robert Osborne (1932-2017). Jennifer’s contributions to the study of film at the University of Washington have been fundamental in building the program into what it is today: a... Read more
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February 12, 2020
Current Ph.D. student Xin Peng's short piece on early Chinese actress/writer Yan Shanshan for the Women Film Pioneer Project (WFPP) at Columbia University has been published.  WFPP is a digital publication and resource that  explores women's involvement of film production during the silent film era.  The essay is now available on the Women Film Pioneer Project website.  
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February 10, 2020
Please join us for a film screening of Spirits of Rebellion.  Director Zeinabu irene Davis, herself one of the iconic LA Rebellion filmmakers, will be in attendance! SPIRITS OF REBELLION (ZEINABU IRENE DAVIS, 2016, 1 H 40 MIN, DOCUMENTARY) WHEN/WHERE: Friday February 21st, 2020; 3 to 6 pm; HENRY ART GALLERY (UW Seattle) EVENT SPONSORS: African Studies Program (Jackson School of International Studies, UW), School of... Read more
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February 5, 2020
Congratulations to Professor Naomi Sokoloff who won the 2019 National Jewish Book Award for her co-edited collection, What We Talk about When We Talk about Hebrew.  The book was co-edited with Washington University in St. Louis Professor Nancy Berg.   Find out more about the award ... Read more
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January 23, 2020
Major: Cinema & Media Studies Class of 2020 Hometown: Okanogan, WA Favorite Film: Mulholland Dr. When did you know that you wanted to major in CMS? During my first couple of years at the UW, I was considering dropping out or transferring to a community college to finish my degree. However, last fall, I took a chance with my first CMS class – CMS 271: Perspectives on Film Great Directors: Zhang Yimou. The class was taught by Professor Yomi Braester and I often... Read more
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December 31, 2019
Professor Shawn Wong is mentioned in "The Asian-American Canon Breakers" from the January 6th issue of The New Yorker magazine.  Article available on the New Yorker website
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November 13, 2019
Casey Moore Class of 2007 Co-founder of High Council, a film marketing firm, and The Beacon, a new movie theater in Seattle Favorite movie of all time:The Passion of Joan of Arc What led you to study film at UW? I grew up on Roosevelt Way, so UW campus and the U-District have always felt like home to me. My parents moved here from New Jersey, so my mom could go to grad school at UW in 1980. Ever since, the UW lived in our minds as an almost sacred... Read more
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November 8, 2019
John Okada’s “No-No Boy” captures the injustice of incarcerating Japanese-Americans during World War II — and serves as a warning today for our own fractured society. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/04/t-magazine/japanese-american-novel.html
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October 30, 2019
Doctoral student Ellen Chang shared her audio walk project titled “Untitled Vignettes: Multisensory Encounter, Audiovisual Symphony, and the Contemporary Multimedia Art of Taiwan,” at the Simpson Center Summer Fellows Showcase on October 29th.  Several recipients of the 2019 Simpson Center Digital Humanities Summer Fellowship gave short talks on projects developed over the summer.  More... Read more

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