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Spotlight – Cinema Studies: Where Critical Thinking Meets Creative Work

As an interdisciplinary major, students take courses from the the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Journalism & Communication.  For more information about the Cinema Studies major or to meet with an advisor, email; or visit us in 201 McKenzie Hall.

What is Cinema Studies?

Learn more about the Cinema Studies major, classes, and faculty in the program video!

Meet the Faculty

Cinema Studies Program Faculty span the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Journalism & Communication.  Meet two of the Cinema Studies faculty, as they discuss their research, teaching, and what they enjoy about being a faculty member in Cinema Studies:


Sergio Rigoletto, Associate Professor
Cinema Studies and Romance Languages (Italian, French, Cinema)
Daniel Steinhart, Assistant Professor
Cinema Studies and the School of Journalism & Communication

Fall Term 2016 Courses

Cinema Studies majors take courses from the the School of Architecture and Allied Arts, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Journalism & Communication. Check out the full line-up of Fall Term 2016 courses on our website here.

Harlan J. Strauss Visiting Filmmaker Endowment

Through the generosity of Harlan (PhD ’74) and Rima Strauss, the Cinema Studies Program is the recipient of an endowment that brings successful industry filmmakers and emerging talents to campus annually to interact closely with students. The fund provides the resources for a filmmaker to engage in a two-week university residency, during which the filmmaker will be involved in a variety of campus activities including teaching workshops, mentoring students, and participating in public conversations.

During the 2015-16 academic year, the endowment welcomed Producer Neil Kopp as the first visiting filmmaker in the endowment. Kopp engaged in a two-week university residency during spring term 2016 and was involved in a variety of campus activities, including teaching workshops and mentoring students in the CINE 408 “Art of Producing” course, as well as participating in public conversations.  Read more...

Cinema Studies Events

Cinema Studies hosts and sponsors events, speakers and screenings throughout the year.  Take a look at the exciting Cinema Studies events from the past year:

Working Filmmaker Series

Cinema Studies brings industry professionals to campus to discuss with students what it takes to make a living in the industry.  During the 2015-16 academic year, Cinema Studies proudly hosted Producer Neil Kopp for his discussion on the “Art of Producing.”  Read more…

Private Screenings

As part of the Harlan J. Strauss Visiting Filmmaker Endowment, Cinema Studies proudly hosted two private screenings during spring term 2016.  UO students, faculty, and staff were invited to an exclusive, advance screening of Green Roomstarring Patrick Stewart, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, and Callum Turner, followed by a Q&A with Director Jeremy Saulnier and Producer Neil Kopp.  The second screening during spring term 2016 featured an exclusive, advance screening of Certain Women  followed by a Q&A with Director Kelly Reichardt and Producer Neil Kopp.

Cinema Scholars Series

Scholar speakers from around the world are invited to campus to discuss their research in film and media.  During the 2015-16 academic year, Cinema Studies hosted Homay King (Associate Professor in the Department of History of Art, Director of the Program in Film Studies, and Director of the Center for Visual Culture – Bryn Mawr College) and Whitney Strub (Associate Professor of History and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies – Rutgers University – Newark).  Read more... 

Learn more about the program in the Cinema Studies Magazine

Cinema Magazine 2014

Cinema Studies has issued two publications that  feature Program highlights, faculty spotlights, student achievements, alumni updates, and industry connections.  Read more...


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Stay up-to-date on Cinema Studies news and events!  Follow us on the Cinema Studies program Facebook and Twitter accounts.

For more information about the Cinema Studies major

Cinema Studies Director
Dr. Michael Aronson
Phone: 541-346-8613
Office:  201 McKenzie Hall

Cinema Studies Locations

201 McKenzie Hall
Eugene, OR  97403-6223
Phone:  541-346-8104

Cinema Studies Lab
267 Knight Library
Phone:  541-346-8172

Cinema Studies Equipment Room
18 Knight Library
Phone:  541-346-7820