It's in the CAN: Welcome to the Cinematic Arts Newsletter!
By: Paula Amad, Associate Professor and Chair
(phone: 319-335-2827; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dear Friends of the Department of Cinematic Arts,
I am pleased to be able to share with you our CAN issue #2 for Summer 2017. It's been another incredibly busy and rewarding year which I hope you will enjoy reading about in the following pages.
We were thrilled to start the year off by welcoming a new faculty member Assistant Professor Chris Goetz to our department. Chris received his Ph.D from University of California, Berkeley (2016), and is a specialist in video games and new media and is building a vital new area of expansion in our department. I am also excited to announce that this Fall we will welcome Associate Professor Christopher Harris to the department as the Head of Film and Video Production. Chris received his M.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2000) and is an award-winning experimental filmmaker whose works explore issues of race, the urban landscape, and the medium of film itself.
We are proud to be a Department that is committed to promoting cinema as a bold and innovative art form that makes us think, feel, and act like no other medium can. To that end, this year we hosted a rich array of provocative artist and scholar talks and film screenings through our various forums, including Headroom, Vertical Cinema, the Iowa City International Documentary Film Festival and the Department Colloquium. These events not only enrich the experience of our students but also feed the cinema appetites of the broader community who we always welcome to such events (and who turn up in droves!). And speaking of our local community, we were especially pleased this year to help judge the films of a group of Bettendorf Middle Schoolers thanks to our generous student volunteers.
We are also extremely proud of all the student accomplishments of the past year, including prestigious external and internal awards for M.F.A and Ph.D. students. This was also the second year in a row that one of our undergraduate students, Camden Kent, had their research accepted for presentation at the Undergraduate version of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference.
Also, please check out our new Mission Statement on our website which encapsulates our goals and principles as we move ahead as a department dedicated to excellence and innovation in research, teaching, and service in the domain of moving image culture.
And, as always, please feel free to contact me with any feedback or suggestions.
I hope everyone had a great Summer!