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Dr. Ramesh Rao joined on the Center for Global Engagement's Workshop

Dr. Ramesh Rao joined six other CSU faculty members on a one-week visit to Oxford and London, England as part of the Center for Global Engagement's workshop at the Spencer House in Oxford during the first week of September.

CSU faculty submitted applications during spring 2017; the following were selected to participate:

Seon Jeon, English
Eduardo Leon, Modern and Classical Languages
Joe Miller, English
Clayton O'Dell, English
Ramesh Rao, Communication

Dr. Becky Becker and Dr. Dan Ross led the team on many excursions in Oxford, as well as two day trips to London. Each faculty member was asked to reflect on the three-year ILC theme, "Migration: Movement(s) Around the Globe," and give a brief presentation with connections to their discipline during the trip abroad. These presentations will be expanded in the upcoming "Lunch & Learn" series, with Dr. Rao's presentation scheduled for October 26, 2017. His talk is titled "Religion of the Book vs. 'Religion' of the Library", and will be presented in Room 130 at the Schuster Center for Student Engagement.

Georgia's film and entertainment industry takes center stage at Department of Communication Speaker Series

The economic impact of Georgia's film industry was $9.5 billion last year, and the state is the No. 1 feature film production location in the world. Where does Georgia's film and entertainment industry go from here?

Lee Thomas, deputy commissioner of Film, Music and Digital Entertainment for Georgia, answers this question and more as the keynote speaker at the Department of Communication's speaker series program Tuesday, Oct. 17. The program begins at 7 p.m. in Legacy Hall, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. It is free to CSU students and the community.

Last year, Georgia was the site of 320 film and television productions, according to www.georgia.org and www.bizjournals.com. Productions included Marvel movies, Netflix's "Stranger Things" and AMC's "The Walking Dead."

Thomas is a native of Atlanta. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor's degree in radio, TV and film and earned a master's degree in film studies from Georgia State University. She also studied cinema at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Thomas returned to Atlanta in 1992 and joined what is now the office of Film, Music and Digital Entertainment in the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The speaker series began in September 2014. The Department of Communication brings topics of interest and leading public relations, business and media professionals to Columbus to share their knowledge and experiences with students and the community. Past speakers include Dan Amos, Aflac chairman and CEO; former WSB-TV anchor Monica Kaufman; CNN anchor/reporter Martin Savidge; and Jeffrey Stepakoff, executive director of the Georgia Film Academy.

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau sponsors this fall's program. WRBL TV 3 and WTVM News Leader 9 are media partners. PMB Broadcasting provides a $1,000 scholarship to a communication student as part of the speaker series.

More information is available by calling 706-507-8614.

Communications Graduate Accepts WJBF Job Offer

Ashlee “Samantha” Williams graduated with a Public Relations concentration in December 2016. She accepted a job as a news reporter at WJBF NewsChannel 6 in Augusta, Ga. shortly after. Ashlee contributes her success in the news industry to the writing and video production classes as well as the hands-on experience gained in her two internships at WRBL and WTVM. You can see her recent work on her business Facebook page “Samantha Williams WJBF.”

Communication Junior Accepted to Radio Talent Institute

Congratulations to Alan (Thrift) Barringer, a junior in the Department of Communication. He has been accepted to attend the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB) Radio Talent Institute May 8-17 at the University of Georgia. Thrift is a student in the Integrated Media concentration and an on-air volunteer for WCUG 88.5 FM Cougar Radio.
Institute sessions cover various aspects of broadcasting. These include entertainment, production, sales, digital, marketing, and promotion.

Communication Junior Awarded
Georgia Association of Broadcasters Scholarship

Congratulations to Taylor Ann Yaughn, who recently received a scholarship from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB). Taylor Ann is a junior in the Department of Communication. She is a student in the Public Relations concentration and on-air volunteer for WCUG 88.5 FM Cougar Radio.
Taylor Ann was one of six scholarship recipients from across the states who were recognized at the GAB Hall of Fame and Scholarship Luncheon Feb. 24 at the University of Georgia. She is the first recipient from CSU to receive the scholarship. Since 2006, the GAB has awarded 40 scholarships totaling more than $60,000.

Visiting Scholar, Dr. Doru Pop

Dr. Doru Pop

Dr.Pop is a Fort Foundation Visiting Scholar in European Studies. He is a very well known and respected film and communication scholar from one of our partner universities, Babes Bolyai University in Cluj, Romania.

Dr. Pop is a professor and lecturer in the Faculty of Theater and Television, the Cinema and Media Department at Babes Bolyai University (UBB) in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Dr. Pop received his Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his PhD in Visual Culture and Philosophy from UBB. He was previously a Fulbright scholar at Bard College, New York (2013), where he taught a course on Romanian New Wave cinema.Dr Pop has published numerous works including, Media and Democracy (2001), Modern and Postmodern Visual Culture in Philosophy (2005) and Romanian New Wave Cinema: An Introduction (2014). He is also editor in chief of Ekphrasis academic journal and director of the Ekphrasis Research Center for Transdisciplinary Studies, at UBB.

Dr. Pop will only be offering these classes during his one semester appointment at CSU.

Media, Society and Culture
COMM 3125I (CRN 22766)
6 - 7:15 PM MW
(Prerequisites: COMM 2105, 2110, 2136 or 2137)

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the role of contemporary media in shaping culture and society. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the course enables students to be critical media consumers, making them aware of the interrelationships between media and society. Students will learn to evaluate and discuss the cultural and social impact of media, analyze media contents, and develop their own critical perspectives.

European Film: From National Identity to Transnational Cultures
COMM 4555U (CRN 22767)
6 - 7:15 PM TR
(No prerequisites)

This course is examines the evolution of national cinemas in Europe, from early national identity to the contemporary transnational film industry culture. The course provides the students with an understanding of the most influential film schools, including German Expressionism, early Soviet cinema, French poetic realism, Italian neo-realism, Free British Cinema (the British "Kitchen Sink" school), French New Wave, Romanian New Waves and others. The course will use historical and theoretical approaches to cinema styles and film philosophies. Throughout the course students will be viewing classic films from great filmmakers of the 20th century such as Jean Renoir, Fritz Lang, Jean-Luc Godard, Ken Loach, Pedro Almodóvar, Federico Fellini, Cristi Puiu and others.

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