Saturday, August 22, 2009

Park Faculty - International Reputations

We kicked off the new academic year yesterday with our annual retreat for the Park School faculty and staff. Since many of us are not on campus over the summer, I asked them to share what they had been doing ... and as always, the responses were quite inspiring.

While you might think that faculty have the summer "off", this is actually the time during which they can focus more energies on that important part of their job which is scholarly, professional, and artistic work. Space is much too short here to even summarize the recent accomplishments of the faculty, but I'll highlight a few that reach across our national border:

  • Patricia Zimmermann, codirector of the Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival (FLEFF) and professor of Cinema, Photography, and Media Arts, will spend the spring semester of her sabbatical leave as Shaw Foundation Professor, an endowed chair, at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communications at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, the premier school of communications in Asia. She also moderated and presented at the European Cinema Research Forum (ECRF) this summer, exploring the shifting terrains of the national and the international for theorists and practitioners in the context of production, distribution, exhibition, film festivals, new technologies, new business models, and new theoretical models.
  • Arhlene Flowers, assistant professor of strategic communication, and Katalin (Kati) Lustyik, assistant professor of television and radio, presented a paper, titled "Battling Junk Food Advertising in Cyberspace: Positions in the UK and Hungary," at the conference "Beyond East and West: Two Decades of Media Transformation after the Fall of Communism," which took place at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, June 25-27.

    Lustyik presented a second paper, titled "Promoting Regional Content but Raising a Global Consumer: Minimax, a New Regional Children's Television Network in Eastern Europe."

  • Professor Changhee Chun taught this summer at Han-Yang University in South Korea where he has also established an exchange program for students. The contacts he made there have paved the way for a professor and scholar from Han-Yang University to come to Ithaca this year as a guest speaker.
Kudos to these colleagues who help us realize our vision as an international center for imaginative, inventive and intellectual exploration of communication as a fundamental creative source for human betterment.


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