Winona State's Film Studies Program announces the Fall 2017 University Theme: Creativity and Innovation Film Series. The series began Oct. 10 and continues through Nov. 5. Focusing on unique films that display creativity and innovation, the series will feature a range of heralded works, from documentary and biography to fantasy, drama, and horror to comedy. All film screenings are free and open to the public, and each session will feature introductory notes and a discussion following the film.
Guest speaker Deirdre Haj, Executive Director of the Full Frame Documentary and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festivals, began the series by speaking on the topic of "Creativity and Innovation in Documentary Filmmaking." Ms. Haj's lecture was followed by a screening of the 2016 animated documentary film Tower (dir. Keith Maitland), which examines the 1966 Clock Tower campus shootings at the University of Texas-Austin. With archival footage, rotoscoped animation, and recent interviews, Tower tells a story of incredible heroism and forces viewers to confront the trauma faced both by its victims and those of the mass shootings that have plagued America in recent memory.
The series will continue with five additional film screenings, all of them taking place in Miller Auditorium in Stark Hall:
o 3 pm Sunday, Oct. 29 Hugo (2011, dir. Martin Scorsese) and A Trip to the Moon (1902, dir. Georges Melies)
o 7 pm Tuesday, Oct. 31 Get Out (2017, dir. Jordan Peele)
o 3 pm Sunday, Nov. 5 Ghost in the Shell (1995, dir. Mamoru Oshii) and Garden of Words (2013, dir. Makoto Shinkai)
Film Studies majors and minors under the supervision of Prof. J Paul Johnson are curating the series, which is funded by the Department of English and the Office of Community Engagement, with support from a number of programs and departments, including the College of Business, the College of Liberal Arts, the Departments of History, Music, Philosophy, Mass Communication, and the WSU Retiree Center.
Counseling and Wellness Services is beginning registration for a five-week support group focusing on issues of grief and loss. Meeting times are from 3:30-4:45 in IWC 267 on Tuesdays, beginning October 17th and running for five weeks. This group offers an opportunity for students to talk about personal grief in a small group setting and provides information about the grief process.
For more information or to join the group, call Eunie Alsaker at 507-457-5330.
WSU Inclusion and Diversity is sponsoring Dimensions of Diversity Speaker Series throughout the fall semester.
The speaker schedule is as follows:
Janaya Khan – Demanding Social Transformation, Justice, and Equality Professional Development Workshop is from 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Kryzsko Commons, Dining Rooms C & D. The Keynote is at 7 p.m. Oct. 24, in the Science Lab Center Atrium.
Trans* Alumni Panel – Transgender Alums and Work: Stories from the Trenches-Professional Development Workshop is from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Kryzsko Commons, Oak Rooms. The Panel is at 7 p.m. in Kryzsko Commons, East Hall.
Assistant Professor of Geography Michael Scholz published an article in Research in Geographic Education volume 19 issue 1 entitled, "Investigating Grade Level Impact of the Advanced Placement Human Geography Course and Student Interests in Pursuing Geography in Higher Education". Adjunct Instructor of Geography Ruojing Scholz was the second author. The article was published this summer.
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