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The Highway, Automobility and New Promises in 1960s Bombay Cinema

Apr 25, 4:00 pm
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Ranjani Mazumdar, Professor of Cinema Studies from School of Arts and Aesthetics of Jawaharlal Nohru University will give this lecture.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

4:00 pm

Knight Library Browsing Room

For more information, please read here.

“Black Girl in Suburbia” Film Screenings and Panel Discussions

Apr 13, 5:30 pmApr 14, 5:00 pm
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A Documentary by Melissa Lowery

After a screening of her award-winning documentary Black Girl in Suburbia, Melissa Lowery joins a panel of UO faculty (Thursday) and undergraduate students (Friday) to discuss what racial inclusivity means at predominantly white institutions—from K-12 schools to college classrooms. What classroom experiences support—and undermine—a sense of belonging and academic achievement for the students of color in our classrooms? How do faculty create conditions in which it’s possible for students to learn from one another across differences and allow for shifts in students’ perspectives?

These conversations are part of a two-day symposium focused on Lowery’s 55-minute documentary film, which explores the experience of Black women who grew up in predominantly white communities around Oregon. Join us for this special chance to discuss the racial dynamics that shape academic environments in dialogues that will center the voices and experiences of faculty and students of color.


Black Girl in Suburbia Screening and Q&A

Featuring Director Melissa Lowery in conversation with Sangita Gopal (Associate Professor, English), Lisa Mazzei (Associate Professor, Education Studies), Veratta Pegram-Floyd (Student Services Assistant Director, Cinema Studies), Doneka Scott (Associate Vice Provost for Student Success)

Thursday, April 13, 2017

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

282 Lillis Hall especially for UO students, open to the public

Free and open to the public


Black Girl in Suburbia Screening and Conversation about Inclusive Teaching

Featuring Director Melissa Lowery and UO Student Panel

Friday, April 14, 2017

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

129 McKenzie Hall especially for teachers

Free and open to the public


Learn more about the film:

Hosted by the English Department & Writing Composition Program with support from the College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Teaching Engagement Program, Oregon Humanities Center, English Department Diversity Committee, Folklore Department, Cinema Studies, Ethnic Studies, Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence, Division of Equity and Inclusion, EMU Center for Student Involvement’s The Be Series, the Women of Color Faculty Group, and the Black Student Union


Schnitzer Cinema Presents: “Same Streets, Different Worlds” and Skype Q&A with Jem Cohen

Apr 12, 7:00 pm
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Two short films by the great street cinematographer Jem Cohen, NYC Weights and Measures (2005, 5.5 minutes) and Little Flags (2000, 6 minutes), will be accompanied by a selection of episodes from Cohen’s Gravity Hill Newsreels

These short newsreels poetically documented the Occupy Wall Street movement. They demonstrated how the protestors transformed the urban landscape, taking once unremarkable “privately owned public spaces” and transforming them into truly public “agoras” — vibrant, unpredictable, open-air gatherings that cut across socio-economic barriers and made for some of the liveliest “street theater” New York City had ever seen.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

7:00 p.m.

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

Schnitzer Cinema is made possible in part by UO’s Office of Academic Affairs.

What is Life? Conference

Apr 6Apr 8
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Lifestyles • Lifeworlds • Lifeworks

April 6-8, 2017

University of Oregon in Portland

The seventh annual “What is…? ” conference-experience will engage communication, media, and nature by examining everyday life — our lifeworks and lifestyles — emphasizing the lifeworlds (environments) we live in. It will investigate how communication/media constitute and permeate all avenues and forms of life — from scale, pace, and pattern to the public, private, and organic. By building bridges through multidisciplinary networks, the event emphasizes how communication is instrumental in and for living systems. What is life and how is life mediated?

What is Life? (2017) builds on last year’s conference, What is Media? (2016), expanding a transdisciplinary notion of medium/media with special attention to its material, historical, and ecological ramifications. It marks the second collaboration with scholars from the natural sciences (physical and life sciences) and the arts.

The experience will bring together scholars, government and community officials, industry professionals, alumni and students, as well as scientists, artists, filmmakers, grassroots community organizations, and the public. We welcome submissions for plenary speakers, roundtables, paper presentations, installations, and special events. A wide range of possible topics and potential themes can be found at the online at the  Call for Proposals.

For more information, visit the What Is Life website.

Free Coffee Break + Doughnuts and Snacks! Monday of Finals Week!

Mar 20, 10:00 pm
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Bookworms can jump start finals week Monday, March 20th from 10 pm to Midnight with free coffee, tea, and snacks from UO Libraries.  

Also, there’s a chance to win doughnuts from Voodoo Doughnut!

Monday, March, 20, 2017

10 pm – Midnight

Knight Library Browsing Room

How to win Voodoo Doughnuts

  • Folllow UO Libraries and UO Cinema Studies on Twitter (@uocinema and @uolibraries)
  • During the coffee break, we will hold a drawing every half hour
  • UO Libraries will DM the winners using Twitter

Courtesy of University of Oregon Libraries and the Cinema Studies Program

Schnitzer Cinema continues with “A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff”

Mar 8, 7:00 pm
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A live musical theater and media performance by Alicia Jo Rabins

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

7 p.m.

EMU Redwood Auditorium

“A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff” is an original music theater work by acclaimed Portland-based indie rocker, poet, and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins. Rabins views Bernie Madoff and the system which allowed him to function through the lens of ancient Jewish and Buddhist texts on financial ethics, ecology, and cycles. Rabins’ wide palette includes electro-acoustic music, documentary theatre, meditative poetry, and film. Cosponored by the University of Oregon School of Law. Department of Judaic Studies, and the Oregon Humanities Center. Schnitzer Cinema is made possible in part by UO’s Office of Academic Affairs.

For more information, please visit the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art website.

Kristen Gallerneaux Presentation “Sonic Spectres”

Mar 7, 6:30 pm
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Media historian, folklorist, and artist Kristen Gallerneaux will present her illustrated lecture Sonic Spectres

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

6:30 pm.

Lawrence Hall Room 166

Free and open to the public

Uniting esoteric histories, acoustics, and place, she will share a decade of accumulated historic and artistic research including artifacts found in her collections as a museum curator, fieldwork from “charges landscapes,” trace elements of the material and audible history of paranormal culture, and objects that shouldn’t exist.

Kristen Gallerneaux is the Curator of Communication and Information Technology at the Henry Ford Museum, where she continues to build upon one of the largest historic technology collections in North America.

For more information, please visit the Folklore Program.


UO Persian Student Union Presents DocuNight screening of “Sohrab, A Journey”

Mar 1, 7:00 pm
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DocuNight is a documentary screening event, which happens the first Wednesday of every month.

In each event, a documentary will be screened about Iran, or made by an Iranian director. The second movie screening is:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

7:00 pm 

Lawrence Hall, Room 177

Free and open to the public*

For more information and to RSVP, please visit the Facebook event page:

Sohrab, A Journey
Directed by Omid Abdollahi
2016 / 77 min
Persian with English Subtitles

In 1969, a young man of 26 years of age returns to his country Iran after years of studying cinema and going through the hardship of living abroad as a university student. He does not want to become a filmmaker in the commercial and valueless cinema of that time, so he chooses a different and – of course – a very hard path for the making of his films. The result of the daring choice is the two features A Simple Event and Still Life, which are remembered today as the most important and most influential first examples of the formation of the Iranian modern cinema. The pioneer filmmaker is nobody but Sohrab Shahid Saless. But how he succeeded in the making of the unconventional films? And how are his films related to the vicissitude in his life?

*  Docunight admission is free to the public, but donations are highly encouraged and appreciated. All donations will be given to the director and producer of the movie.
** All films will have English subtitles.

A&AA Interdisciplinary Lecture: Erkki Huhtamo

Feb 27, 5:30 pm
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University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts A&AA Interdisciplinary Lecture

Erkki Huhtamo: “Screenology, or Media Archaeology of the Screen”

Monday, February 27

Lawrence Hall, Room 177 

Reception: 5:30 p.m.

Lecture: 6:00 p.m.

Media screens are both present and absent, both well known and unknown. Pervasive use makes them ‘vanish.’ We look through them, not at them. Even cracked smartphone screens do not attract attention to their wounded surfaces. The users read messages and “realities” through the cracks which they barely notice. Screens not only disguise themselves; they hide the history of their own becoming. The media archaeologist’s task is to make the screens visible again and to excavate the cultural contexts where they have been used and given meanings – even hundreds of years ago. This lecture is based on the author’s forthcoming book Screenology, or Media Archaeology of the Screen. It demonstrates one possible way of researching screens, suggesting a new approach for media studies.

For more information, please visit the event page.

Join the UFO for the 2017 Oscars Watch Party

Feb 26, 5:00 pm

OSCARS2017Join the University Film Organization for a great night of live Oscars viewing, games, trivia, food, and prizes!

Wear your red carpet best and hang out with old and new friends! All majors welcome–you don’t have to attend the UFO club to join us for the party!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

5:00 p.m.

EMU Crater Lake Room

For more information, visit the UFO Facebook Event.

Sponsored by Cinema Studies