Sunday, June 8, 2014

Saint Mary's College Conference

Teachers, Teaching and the Media Conference

October 16th to 18th

Alternative Communities, Alternative Stories: Experimenting with Moocs, Community Television, and Cinema

Friday, October 17th

Session Three: 1:15 P.M. to 2:45 P.M. 

ITVS (Independent Film and Video Service) Community Cinema: state-sponsored documentary film festivals, community engagement and pedagogy

By: Tomás Crowder-Taraborrelli and Kristi Wilson

In an age where states like California have seen their once cutting-edge public university systems falter under the weight of financial crisis and fiscal mismanagement, smaller private institutions have seen admission application numbers rise. Individuals who opt to attend small private institutions, often feel isolated and removed from the type of civic dynamism and engagement that larger public institutions offer. This essay explores the merging of state-sponsored media (Independent Television Service's Community Cinema Program Festival, funded by the Public Broadcasting Service [PBS]) and the private educational institution with the goal of fostering community engagement and debate around public issues, political activism, and the preservation of a communal public viewing space in a world where such spaces are rapidly diminishing.

For the last five years, Soka University of America, a small, private liberal arts university with a large concentration of international students, has hosted Independent Television Service's Community Cinema Program Festival on their campus. Community Cinema is a yearlong documentary film festival organized by ITVS that features films about social and cultural conflicts around the globe emphasizing issues related to civil rights, grassroots movements, indigenous rights struggles, gender issues, and poverty. During the academic year, an ITVS associate producer (usually a faculty member) is responsible for screening between 6 and 8 documentary films, promoting the screenings, and organizing a panel of experts for post-screening discussions .

The authors will analyze the Community Cinema Festival as an ongoing pilot program of community building in the isolated "exopolis" of Aliso Viejo, California, through spectatorship and multi-faceted pedagogical film events. As part of this program, students, rather than watching clips or sequences of documentary films in the classroom, are invited to form part of a community of viewers (which includes the entire campus, local community members and invited guest speakers), and participate in post-screening discussions. After the screenings, students are asked to engage with some of the pedagogical materials created by ITVS, and to form written and visual arguments of their own using the films as evidence. The authors will elaborate on the results of using documentary evidence as a primary jumping off point for argumentative exploration in the classroom, and visual representation as an entryway into understanding contemporary civic discourse and politics.

The Cinema Migration Project: Ethnography, Film Studies, and Teaching Media

By Laura E. Ruberto

This essay explores the possibility of using cinema as a tool for teaching the history and culture of immigrants and immigration in the U.S. as well as larger questions around issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and class identities. I propose an experimental interdisciplinary pedagogical approach which combines ethnography with film studies, while attempting to be mindful of the disciplinary boundaries of both approaches. Using my own experiences teaching film studies at an urban community college (Berkeley City College) I map out how students can better understand the nuances of mediated images through tapping first-hand resources. This essay details my use of a Cinema Migration Project, a semester-long assignment which asks students to explore histories of migration which are personal and knowable through conventional ethnographic interviews and to reflect on assumptions held about those experiences by attempting to understand them better vis-à-vis cinematic representations of similar narratives. This is not film-as-anthropology but rather an attempt to teach students the degree to which our own memories and life narratives are formed within and against mediated (cinematic) narratives. Students are led to gather a short ethnographic study of an individual’s history of migration (their own or someone else’s) and to consider the role cinema and other mediated images have in shaping the recollection of that history. This essay reflects on the challenges and surprises of such an approach and uses the example to consider new ways teachers might adapt the study of cinema across disciplinary boundaries.

Laura E. Ruberto co-chairs the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at Berkeley City College where she teaches film studies and general humanities courses. She received her Ph.D. from UC San Diego and her M.A. from San Francisco State University. She authored Gramsci, Migration, and the Representation of Women’s Work in Italy and the U.S., co-edited Italian Neorealism and Global Cinema, and translated Such Is Life, Ma la vita e’ fatta cosi: A Memoir. Her research has been supported by a Fulbright Faculty Research grant and an NEH summer grant. She co-edits the book series Critical Studies in Italian America (Fordham University Press) and is the Film and Digital Media Review Editor for the Italian American Review.

MOOCS and Social Media

By Fabian Banga

Online education has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade, spurred by a combination of technological innovations, economic drivers, and changing demographics. Today, more than one third of the nation’s college students take courses online. According to the latest survey by the College Board and Babson Survey Research Group, Changing Course: Ten Years of Tracking Online Education in the United States (2013), over 6.7 million students at four-year institutions in the United States were taking at least one online course during the fall of 2011, an increase of more than half a million, or 9.3 percent, over 2010 (Babson, 2013).

In this context we have experienced the rise of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). But what are MOOCs? Can we consider MOOCs a phenomenon associated with online education or just a continuation of the space associated with social media? Are they products of our neoliberal society? We will have a discussion about MOOCs and question of what the “C” means. Are MOOCs courses or online events? We will discuss how to teach in the open internet without learning outcomes. Finally, we will question the word “course” or at least demand a clarification of what constitutes a course. We will discuss an example of a MOOC I offered in spring 2013 at Berkeley City College.

Fabian Banga is the Chair of the Modern Languages Department and Distance Education Coordinator at Berkeley City College in Berkeley, CA. He holds a Ph.D. (2004) and M.A. in Hispanic Languages & Literature (2000) from the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Foreign Language Association of Northern California since the year 2000.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014


Martes | 3 de junio 2014

Presentación del libro:
Doncella roja
Autora: Eve Gil
En esta última entrega de la trilogía de Sho-shan, las aventuras de las hermanas Cho y Murasaki llegan a su punto culminante. Al lado de Kunikida sama, su mentor y mangaka más famoso del mundo, viajan clandestinamente a China. Su objetivo es desentrañar la serie de misterios acerca de la vida de su madre, quien fue acusada de ser una espía y quedó en estado de coma durante los trágicos sucesos de la plaza Tiananmen, cuando los jóvenes que salieron a protestar públicamente fueron reprimidos brutalmente por el ejército chino.
Presenta: Elizabeth Cazessús.
Sala de lectura, 3:00 pm.
Editorial: Santillana.
Coordina: IMAC.

Presentación del libro:
El 27 y El topo
Autor: Enrique Saint Martin.
Dos obras de teatro con algo en común: el sobreponerse a la adversidad para lograr tus objetivos. “El 27” evoca a la memoria, tanto a la individual como a la colectiva, evocando la frase “no olvidaremos”. “El Topo” narra la historia de un muchacho con retraso mental y deformidades físicas que no son un obstáculo para lograr su objetivo.
Presenta: Juan Carlos Rea.
Sala de lectura, 4:00 pm.
Editorial: ICBC.
Coordina: IMAC | ICBC.

Con Juan Alberto Apodaca y Adriana Trujillo

Presentación del libro:
Vencedores en la derrota
Autora: Alice Hentzen.
Basada en una historia de la vida real, Vencedores en la derrota narra una historia de amor, en el que dos personajes provenientes de situaciones distintas, buscan mantener un amor, durante una época tan dolorosa como lo fue la segunda guerra mundial.
Presenta: Rocío Galván.
Sala de video, 4:00 pm.
Editorial: Ilcsa.
Coordina: IMAC.

Presentación del libro:
Artes plásticas y visuales Frontera y arte, acercamiento discursivo a obras producidas por artistas mexicalenses
Autora: Karla Paulina Sánchez.
Este libro invita a reflexionar, a través de algunas piezas de artistas mexicalenses en la característica fronteriza, sabiendo que desde el arte se pueden encontrar otros discursos y formas de comprender la realidad.
Presenta: Juan Alberto Apodaca.
Sala de lectura. 5:00 pm.
Editorial: ICBC.
Coordina: IMAC/ICBC.

Presentación del libro:
Orfeo en el Caribe
Autora:Teresa Dovalpage.
Orfeo Vázquez, mulato bien plantado, toca la tumbadora en un grupo de salsa pero sueña con dedicarse a la música clásica. Se enamora de Eury, chica peso completo y lectora de Charlotte Brontë. Las cosas se complican cuando la hermana de Eury, pelirroja de sensualidad agresiva, se empeña en llevarse a la cama al músico.
Presenta: Vianett Medina.
Sala de video, 5:00 pm.
Editorial: Atmósfera Literaria.
Coordina: IMAC.

Presentación del libro:
Autor: Carlos Altamirano
La historia aborda la problemática de los periodistas al ejercer su profesión. La historia se entrelaza con la vida de un niño sicario que crece hasta adulto al servicio del mejor postor. Narra la situación actual de la libertad de expresión, el poder político, el dinero y sus medios por conseguirlo sin importar la vida del otro para lograrlo.
Presenta: Carlos Fabián Sarabia.
Lobby Vestíbulo Sala Carlos Monsiváis, 5:00 pm.
Coordina: IMAC.

Proyección del Documental:
Días Terrenales. Testimonio de José Revueltas
Realizador: Julio Pliego.
Repaso biográfico de Revueltas, desde su temprana militancia de izquierda hasta su muerte. Se brinda particular atención a su presencia en el movimiento de 1968 y la literatura de compromiso. Una serie de entrevistas aportan información acerca de la disidencia del Partido Comunista, en la llamada Liga Espartaco.
Sala Carlos Monsiváis/Cineteca Tijuana, 6:00 pm.
Coordina: IMAC | TV UNAM.

Presentación del libro:
Bordocs y fronteras: Cine Documental en el Norte de México
El cine filmado en la frontera o que tiene a la frontera como escenario, es un vasto capítulo cultural de nuestra realidad. En este contexto, la producción de documentales tiene una importancia significativa. Bordocs ha sido a través de los años un festival de documentales que presenta una visión integral de las tendencias, corrientes y expresiones de lo más novedoso en este ámbito.
Participan: Adriana Trujillo, Juan Alberto Apodaca, Tomas Crowder.
Sala de video, 6:00 pm.
Coordina: IMAC.

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