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Summer 2014

The Hollywood Film Industry: CINE 500 941
Professor Peter Decherney
Peter Decherney is Professor of Cinema Studies and English and Director of the Cinema Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a secondary appointment at the Annenberg School for Communication and he is a faculty affiliate of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition at Penn Law School. Decherney is the author of Hollywood’s Copyright Wars: From Edison to the Internet and Hollywood and the Culture Elite: How the Movies Became American, as well as the coeditor of the journal Critical Studies in Media Communication. He has testified before the Copyright Office of the United States, and in 2011 he filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court Case of Golan v. Holder. Decherney has been an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Scholar and a fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies.

Public Performance Art in the Global Age: THAR 475 940
Professor Jim Schlatter
Jim Schlatter has been a member of the Theatre Arts faculty at Penn since 1989. He received his BA from the University of Minnesota, his MA from Villanova University and his PhD from the City University of New York. In addition to teaching courses regularly in acting, directing, advanced acting and directing, and theatre history, Jim directs productions for the Theatre Arts Program, many of which have served as the research site for the Senior Honors Thesis Project in acting. 

Fall 2014

Truth Tales: Truth Telling Across the Genres — A Writing Workshop: ENGL 410 640
Professor Rebekah Zhuraw
Rebekah Zhuraw has an MA from The Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars in poetry and an MA from the University of Pennsylvania in Folklore, where she is currently completing a dissertation on magic for the PhD in Folklore. A former manuscript reader for both Antaeus and Boulevard (where she was an assistant editor), she has held a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship for poetry and has published poems in the usual places, as well as an e-book of poetry through the Slought Foundation. Zhuraw’s interests revolve around intersections of aesthetics, culture and belief, especially in the areas of science, religion and the arts.

Cultural Diversity and Global Connections: ANTH 619 640
Professor Kathy Hall
Dr. Hall is the author of Lives in Translation: Sikh Youth as British Citizens. Her research and publications focus on four major areas: immigration, citizenship, racial and class inequality and national incorporation in the United Kingdom and the United States; the politics of knowledge in public sector policy and governance; risk management, human rights, and anti-terrorism law in the United Kingdom; and concepts of "global citizenship" and related efforts to "internationalize" K-16 education in the US and the UK.

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