From screening their own work, to programming and performing in special presentations, to creating unique exhibits and installations, to attending SAC's annual "Dinner and a Movie," many members of our SAC family participated in this year's Ann Arbor Film Festival, held on March 21 - 26, at the Michigan Theater.

Don't miss our featured photo gallery at the end of this newsletter to catch a glimpse of some of our highlights.  
PhD Candidate Josh Morrison Chosen for Humanities Institute Graduate Fellowship &
Sweetland Summer Dissertation Writing Institute
Josh Morrison is delighted to have been chosen as a Humanities Institute Graduate Fellow for 2017-2018, where he will get the chance to finish his dissertation while receiving feedback from an interdisciplinary group of graduate students and scholars from across the university, take part in seminars and talks with visiting researchers, and represent SAC and its interdiciplinarity to the broader UM community. Josh has also been selected to take part in the Sweetland Writing Center's 2017 Summer Dissertation Writing Institute this May and June; Claims Morrison, "It's 'full speed ahead ' on [my] dissertation, Revelling in Uselessness: Queer and Trans Media, Emotional Labour, and Cultural Capital."
PhD Student Vincent Longo Selected for Outstanding UROP Mentor Award 
Vincent Longo has been selected for the Outstanding UROP Mentor Award based on his work on "The Heart of Darkness" project “Creating a 21st-Century Archive: Orson Welles’ Unrealized Masterpiece.” One of only eight UROP mentors to receive this award, Longo was nominated by his UROP students, Elijah Segraves, Erin Ringel, Jordan Stanton, and Sidney Simoncini; he also received a letter of support from Professor Matthew Solomon
Solomon states, "[Vincent] is both the youngest recipient to receive this honor and the only PhD pre-candidate to ever be selected for the award in its history. His work has truly been superlative, and the amazing job he has done is reflected not only in the outstanding research findings his team has generated but also in the glowing comments he received from all four of the first-year undergraduate students whose research he has supervised. The strategies he used will be reported in a forthcoming contribution to the CINEMA JOURNAL online Teaching Media Dossier devoted to "Media Studies and the Archive" which he co-authored with Phil Hallman and myself."
Digital Studies Workshop Presents 
A Public Talk by Alexis Lothian (University of Maryland College Park) 
"Queer Geek Methodologies: Social Justice Fandom as a Transformative Digital Humanities"
Thursday, March 30, 2017
4:00 p.m. 
3512 Haven Hall

Mobilized in contexts ranging from the Movement for Black Lives to debates about safe spaces and freedom of speech on university campuses, digital demands for social justice are often expressed in creative forms that draw from popular media. This talk draws from early work on a new book project that explores the digital production of knowledge about gender, race, and disability through the intersection of social justice discourse
and fan culture, exploring ways that the creative production of media fan subcultures has preceded and shaped the development of contemporary digital politics.
Alexis Lothian is Assistant Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies and Core Faculty in the Design Cultures and Creativity Program at University of Maryland College Park. Her scholarship is situated at the intersection of queer studies, speculative fiction, and social justice in digital culture. 

This talk is co-coordinated by SAC PhD Student Joseph DeLeon and
American Culture PhD Student Meryem Kamil 

For more information on Lothian's talk, please click here
Future of Digital Media Business Symposium
Featuring Amanda Lotz and Daniel Herbert 
Symposium - Thursday, March 30, 4:00 p.m. 
Question and Answer - Friday, March 31, 12:00 p.m. 
North Quad Space 2435

Digital technologies have substantially disrupted operations of all media industries in the last two decades. Their implications have changed nearly all aspects of the production and distribution of media and produced enormous consequences for those who make media and for the media that circulate in the culture as a result.  The two-day event begins Thursday, March 30, at 4:00 with a symposium featuring 30-minute presentations from four experts in the transition to digital production and distribution of media industries. Speakers will discuss how and why each business has changed, the consequences for those working in the industry and the media they make, and what remain the greatest challenges going forward.
Sponsors - the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts | UM Office of Research | Department of Communication Studies | The School of Music, Theatre & Dance EXCEL Program | Michigan Publishing | Institute for the Humanities | Rackham Graduate School
The Audiovisual Essay and the Digital Humanities Mini-Conference
Panel Presentations 
Friday, March 31, 2017
9:00 - 11:30 a.m. 
Kuenzel room, Michigan Union
This mini-conference will act as a critical introduction to the audiovisual essay that seeks to assess its scholarly and pedagogical applications while bringing several of its proponents in cinema and media studies into conversation with digital humanists working in
a range of disciplines at the University of Michigan. The mini-conference will explore methodological questions relevant to digital scholarship and pedagogy while pressing new questions about the utility of audiovisual essays outside of cinema and media studies, and considering the possible place of audiovisual essays within digital humanities debates.

Opening Remarks, Matthew Solomon, (SAC); Panel Presentations (moderated by Anita Gonzalez, SMTD) Jason Mittell, (Middlebury College); Mark Williams, (Dartmouth University); Steven Anderson, (UCLA); Respondent, Paul Conway (School of Information)

This conference is organized by SAC Professor Matthew Solomon and PhD Student Vincent Longo and generously supported by the Departments of  
American Culture, Communication Studies, Digital Studies, English, History, History of Art, the Institute for the Humanities, UM Office of Research, and the Sweetland Center for Writing.
The 27th Golden Apple Award: "The Unexpected Benefits of Pain, Passion, Pets"
A Talk by 2017 Winner, Professor Edward Cho
Monday, April 3, 2017
Rackham Auditorium
7:00 p.m. 
Each year, the winning professor of the Golden Apple Award hosts an "ideal last lecture" in which he/she constructs a lecture on a topic of choice. We, the Golden Apple Award Committee, welcome you to join us in honoring this year's winner, Professor Edward Cho from the Department of Economics, and to be a part of his ideal last lecture, which he has titled "The Unexpected Benefits of Pain, Passion, and Pets." Given Professor Cho's popularity, this surely is a lecture that you will not want to miss! Admission is free for all attendees, and a reception with refreshments will follow.
There are multiple sponsors for this event; to view a complete list, please click here
Screening of 1984
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Askwith Auditorium, Lorch Hall
9:00 p.m. 
Students get in free! 

The Michigan Theater joins a group of independent movie theaters, including Alamo Drafthouse, IFC Center, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, in screening the now-timely film 1984 on April 4 (a date chosen because of its significance to the story). 

John Hurt stars as Winston Smith in this adaptation of George Orwell’s classic 1949 novel about a member of the Outer Party whose job is to rewrite and distort history. As a way to rebel and escape Big Brother’s tyranny, he begins a diary, which is an act punishable by death.

This screening is co-sponsored by the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, the Film and Video Student Association, and the Michigan Theater.

SAC Speaker Series Presents
A Talk by NYU Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis, Andrew Ross
“High Culture/Hard Labor: Looking Beyond the Creatives”
Friday, April 7, 2017
Room 250, Hutchins Hall - Law School
1:30 p.m. 

Recent writing about “creative labor” has helped us to understand how “working for exposure” has become a central economic principle
of the media and knowledge industries. But this focus on the attention economy has neglected how the “groundstaff” are employed to construct and maintain our brand-name institutions. How can arts and media activists turn such institutions into communities of conscience where the rights of all workers are upheld?
Currently a Professor at NYU, Dr Ross has been a leading figure in cultural studies, sociology, and labor and labor conditions in transnational networks for nearly three decades.  His recent work, which he calls “scholarly reporting,” is an innovative meshing of ethnography, sociology, and investigative/activist journalism.  Most of his activist work concerns issues surrounding labor and labor justice, Recently, he was denied entry into the UAE for his expose of an NYU construction project there. A longtime editor of SOCIAL TEXT, he was a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship.  In addition to his writing for various newspapers, Ross is the author or editor of nearly 20 academic books. For more information on Ross's publications, please click here. 
This program is organized by The Department of Screen Arts & Cultures and co-sponsored by Rackham Graduate School; the Institute for the Humanities; the Departments of Communication Studies, History, Romance Languages & Literatures, English Language and Literature, and Comparative Literature; the Anthropology Graduate Program; the Department of American Culture, and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
SAC Speaker Series Presents
A Talk by UC Irvine Professor Victoria E. Johnson
“More Than a Game: 'Humanizing' Sports Studies and the Case of LeBron James”
Thursday, April 13, 2017
SAC Conference Room, 6360 North Quad
11:30 a.m. 
Dr. Johnson's presentation focuses on LeBron James’s 2010 “decision” and 2014 “homecoming” as critical moments that show how sports celebrity is integral to the construction of place-identity. When James, who comes from Ohio, announced his “Decision” (in collaboration with ESPN), the outrage was 
immediate from Clevelanders and across the U.S. sports world, with most interpreting the move as an act of betrayal of James’s previously loyal commitment to his home state. Literally overnight, this sports hero moved from “The Chosen One” to a “breathtaking narcissist.” How does James’s return to Cleveland, four years later, enable his recuperation as "King James"?
Victoria E. Johnson is Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies and the Department of African American Studies at the University of California, Irvine.  In 2009, her Heartland TV: Prime Time Television and the Struggle for U.S. Identity (NYU Press) was awarded the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ prestigious Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award.  Her essays on sports and the media have appeared in numerous journals, and her forthcoming book, Sports Television, will be published with Routledge.
Colin Rich (SAC '09) was the Editor on John Ridley's "Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992." The film is to be released on Friday, April 21, 2017, in theaters -- a week before its television premiere on ABC on April 28. Pegged to the 25th anniversary of the Los Angeles uprising, the feature documentary takes a unique and in-depth look at the years and events leading up to the city-wide violence that began April 29, 1992, when the verdict was announced in the Rodney King case. To read more about the film, please click here
photo credit, Paul Sutherland 
Last week, in 2435 North Quad, Ann Arbor Film Festival fans explored the "pop-up" exhibit created by Terri Sarris's SAC 304 students based on ephemera in the AAFF Archives at the Bentley Historical Library (top left).  As part of the exhibition, films by current and former UM faculty and students which have screened at the Festival, along with works by Sarris's current students in SAC 304, looped on monitors (bottom). Sharing the space was Peter Sparling's Pop Up Projection Pavillion, an installation of five screens showcasing his recent work  (top right). 
photo credit, Markus Nornes 
Last Wednesday, March 22, at 9:30 p.m., Kataoka Ichiro (pictured at middle, right) performed as benshi to the silent screening of Kinugasa Teinosuke's Page of Madness, while Little Bang Theory's (pictured at bottom left) Doug Shimmin, Frank Pahl, and Terri Sarris performed an original score, composed by Pahl.
photo credit, Mary Lou Chlipala
On Tuesday, March 21, SAC Department Chair Johannes von Motlke welcomed SAC faculty, staff, and students to SAC's annual undergraduate "Dinner and a Movie" event at the Cottage Inn -- a gathering designed for SAC majors to mingle with the SAC community and share the experience of opening night at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. 
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