photo credit, Vincent Longo 
(From left to right) Professor Robin Means Coleman, Assistant Professor Colin Gunckel, and Professor Yeidy Rivero participate in Teaching Race and Media, a roundtable discussion facilitated by Assistant Professor Candace Moore (standing) last week in Space 2435. This discussion, addressing strategies and issues related to teaching race and media, was a part SAC Speaker Series.
2016 Italian Film Festival USA
March 30 - April 24 
Various Locations and Times - Click Here for Details
Screenings Are Free and Open to the Public
The Italian Film Festival is screening award-winning, contemporary Italian films shown in their original language with English subtitles. While the opening films will be screened in Detroit (at the DFT and Wayne State University), the festival will move to Ann Arbor next weekend and screen the following films at Lorch Hall, Askwith Auditorium on April 8 and 9: 
  • April 8, 7:00 p.m. -  Perez (2014) Drama
  • April 9, 5:00 p.m.  - I Bambini Sanno (The Children Know) (2015) Documentary
  • April 9, 7:30 p.m.  -  La Nostra Terra (Mafia & Tomatoes) (2014) Drama
This festival is sponsored, in part, by several departments in the U of M College of Literature, Science and the Arts - including Screen Arts & Cultures. 
The SAC Screenwriting Program Presents
An Open Discussion with Producer/Writer LaToya Morgan of AMC's TURN

Thursday, March 31
MLB Lecture Hall 2
8:00 p.m. 
LaToya Morgan is a graduate of the American Film Institute Conservatory where she received a MFA in Screenwriting. She is an alumna of several prestigious fellowships including the Warner Bros. Television Writers' Workshop, the Film Independent Producer's Lab, the Producers Guild Power of Diversity Fellowship, and most recently, the WGA's Feature Access Project. Morgan has written for the Showtime series Shameless, the NBC series Parenthood, the USA/Fox21 Matt Nix series Complications, and for the last three seasons on AMC's TURN: Washington's Spies where she is a producer and was honored with a 2016 NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for her episode "False Flag." 
Silent Babel: Cinematic Multilingualism Beyond the Soundtrack
Monday, April 4
2435 North Quad 
4:00 - 5:30 p.m. 
In this talk, Lisa Patti (Hobart and William Smith Colleges) and Tijana Mamula (John Cabot University) advocate the opening of film studies to a broader appreciation of the ways in which linguistic difference has shaped, and continues to shape, the medium's history. While most studies of the subject have explored linguistic difference as a largely audible phenomenon – manifested through polyglot dialogues, or through the translation of monolingual dialogues for international audiences – this talk explores some of its unheard histories, thus contributing to a new field of enquiry based on an attentiveness to multilingualism's work beyond the soundtrack. 

Patti and Mamula are the editors of the forthcoming anthology The Multilingual Screen: New Reflections on Cinema and Linguistic Difference (Bloomsbury, Spring 2016).
With generous co-sponsorship from the Department of Comparative Literature, the Sheldon Cohn Fund in the Department of Screen Arts & Cultures, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures, the Department of Linguistics, the Department of History, the Department of Afroamerican and African Studies, the Department of American Culture, the Institute for the Humanities, the Rackham Graduate School, and the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.
The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality
A Talk by Suzanna Duanta Walters, Professor of Sociology and Director, WGSS Program Northeastern University
Wednesday, April 6
2239 Lane Hall
4:10 p.m. 
What’s wrong with tolerance? And how could it possibly undermine real gay equality?
In this talk, Walters considers how the pseudo-science of “born this way” can combine with demands for marriage equality and a place in the military to create a “trap.” The trap is to imagine that being tolerated is the same as robust integration for America’s gay citizens. We tolerate what we find unpleasant: pain, medicine, annoying relatives. Walters looks at how science, law and popular culture work to create a world where we have marriage equality and gay celebrities, but we also have historically high rates of violence against LGBTQ citizens, a variety of anti-gay legal initiatives and a supposedly gay-friendly Hollywood where very few stars actually come out. Tolerance is not the end goal, but a dead end for anyone seeking genuine equality.
Sponsored by IRWIG; cosponsored by the Departments of Communication Studies and Screen Arts & Cultures.
SAC Speaker Series Presents
A Talk by Boston University's Deborah Jaramillo 
"In Pursuit of Wholesome TV: The Strange Path to the Television Code" 

Thursday, April 7
SAC Conference Room, 6360 North Quad 
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Deborah L. Jaramillo is an Assistant Professor of Film and Television Studies at Boston University. Her current book project traces the history of the 1952 Television Code.
The Television Code is a document full of the anxieties and consensus politics of the 1950s, the appeasements of a terrified commercial industry, and the standardization of quotidian business deals.  The original TV Code, crafted by the National Association of Radio and Television Broadcasters and implemented in March 1952, underwent twenty-one revisions until the entire enterprise collapsed in 1983.  Perhaps because the Code regulated both program content and stations’ dealings with advertisers it is not understood to be as controversial or dramatic as the Hollywood Production Code.  And perhaps because multiple Radio Codes preceded the 1952 Code, scholars consider it to be more of the same—an inevitable step toward industrial maturity.  The journey to the TV Code is simultaneously surprising, funny, maddening, and devastating.  By tracing that journey this presentation will explore the relationships and power struggles that bound national and local interests—both private and public—to the policing of television content.  
This event is cosponsored by the Department of Communication Studies

Please join us for an afternoon tea in the SAC conference room from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. featuring Deborah Jaramillo and film scholar Julie Turnock. 

An Interview with Dr. Jack Shaheen on Arab and Muslim Stereotypes Over the Last Four Decades
Monday, April 11
Gallery Room 100 Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Jack Shaheen has been studying representations of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. media since the 1970s. He is renowned worldwide for his lectures and published work, which illustrate the damaging consequences of stereotyping of Arabs and Muslims. Over the last four decades, Shaheen has collected and analyzed materials that depict Arabs and Muslims as the “godless cultural other.” He has created an archive of materials that is housed at the New York University library. He is best known for his book, Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People (2001) and the documentary film of the same name (2006). Rather than giving a formal talk, we plan for a Q&A format in which Evelyn Alsultany, Director of Arab and Muslim American Studies, will interview Jack Shaheen about his experiences researching representations of Arabs and Muslims in the U.S. over the last four decades. The objective is to tap into his long experience in documenting media images and their connections to anti-Arab and anti-Muslim policies and perceptions. 
Legendary hockey player Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”  The crew on WOLV TV’s Sportsnite takes Gretzky’s advice very seriously. Over the past month, Sportsnite reporters traveled all over the country to take their shot at covering Michigan Basketball. Crew members have made it to recent events such as the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, the First Four round of the NCAA Tournament in Dayton, and the first round game between Michigan and Notre Dame in Brooklyn. Their passion for covering sporting events spans year-round. Back in the fall, Sportsnite frequented the sideline of the Big House to film and analyze our own Wolverines. To get to know our new coach a little better, Sportsnite attended Jim Harbaugh’s Coaching Clinic that had over 7,500 coaches from around the country in attendance. Check in on Sportsnite’s bracket from their recent March Madness episode and learn more about Sportsnite and how to join on

Writer Credit, Ben Meyers and Julie Fassnacht
Photo Credit, Julie Fassnacht 
(From left to right) Lisa Rohde, Carrie Moore, and Terri Sarris stop to pose with a special guest at the Major Minor Expo on March 23rd in the Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom. 
Associate Professor Sheila Murphy Receives Sweetland Senior Fellow Position for 2017
Sheila Murphy has been appointed a Senior Fellow in the Sweetland Fellows Seminar for the Winter and Fall semesters of 2017. The Fellows Seminar brings together graduate student instructors (Junior Fellows) and faculty (Senior Fellows) from multiple disciplines who share a commitment to integrating writing in their courses. All seminar participants share an interest in helping students become better writers, integrating writing in their courses, and discussing critical issues in the teaching of writing with colleagues. Murphy comments that she is looking forward to developing and enhancing the digital media upper level writing courses in SAC. 
SAC Professor Amanda Lotz Interviewed for Detroit's Seven Days
Amanda Lotz recently recorded a segment about changes in television for Seven Days, an interview show produced in Detroit and aired on the Urban Information Network. In the interview, she discusses the future of TV and the movie industry, beginning with the claim that "we are entering another era [that provides us with the] ability to watch what we want when we want. [...] It's still television, but it's certainly becoming a very different competitive field." As the interview progresses, Lotz addresses the impact of mobile technology on traditional home viewing, the idea of accessing and licensing content, how to talk to young people who are interested in entering the field, and the overall impact of the changes in television on the movie industry. Watch Amanda Lotz's full interview with Seven Days host, Cliff Russell, here
SAC Welcomes Our New Affiliate, Professor Katherine Sender
Katherine Sender is professor of media and sexuality in Communication Studies and has recently become affiliated faculty in Screen Arts and Cultures at the University of Michigan. She has most recently been a professor in Media, Film, and Television at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, and previously, was associate professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in gender, sexuality, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer representation. Her research areas span television, audiences, creative industries and cultural production, marketing and consumer culture, and globalization. Her current research project focuses on sex museums as sites to investigate transnational sexual mobilities.
Katherine is the author of Business not Politics: The Making of the Gay Market (2004) and The Makeover: Reality Television and Reflexive Audiences (2012). She has also produced a number of documentaries about media representation, including Off the Straight and Narrow: Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transgender People on Television (1998, 2006) and Brand New You: Makeover Television and the American Dream (2012). She is co-editor of the journal Critical Studies in Media Communication and is currently co-editing special issues for this and other journals on Queer Technologies, Stuart Hall, and Feminist Approaches to Reception in a Post-Audience Age. 
James Boyd Wins Hubert and Ellen Cohen Film Essay Award 
Established in 2008 by Hubert and Ellen Cohen, The Hubert and Ellen Cohen Film Essay Award honors the best undergraduate scholarly essay(s), a minimum of 15 pages in length, on film or television history, criticism, or theory.  James Boyd won this award this year for his essay entitled, "Black Sun and New Social Tendencies in Postwar Japan." Congratulations, James! 
SAC Major and Graduating Senior Jillian Borowski Wins MAB Foundation Scholarship Award 
Congratulations to Jillian Borowski, the recipient of the Nancy Waters and Mark Waters Scholarship from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation Scholarship Program. Jillian will be receiving her award at the MAB conference on May 3rd at the Lansing Center. 
SAC Faculty and Graduate Students Participate in SCMS Conference in Atlanta This Week
If you missed the special edition of the newsletter last week, detailing SAC members' presentations at the conference, please click here
SAC Invites Graduating Seniors and Their Families to Celebrate with Us!
If you are a graduating senior, and you have not yet RSVP'd to the SAC Graduation Reception that will be held on April 29 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Michigan Union Rogel Ballroom, please RSVP here. We would love to have you join us!
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