Diverse Perspectives Series

Diverse Perspectives Series
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Diverse Perspectives in Digital Media & Design: 2021 Speaker Series & Festival

To paraphrase James Baldwin, nothing can be changed until it is faced. This is certainly true of the inequities that have historically shaped digital media content, fields, and careers. Join UConn’s Digital Media & Design department in welcoming industry professionals, artists, and media scholars from film, game, design, cultural and other sectors to discuss how issues of equity manifest in their work, creative processes, and professions, allowing us to reflect on how our own practice can support greater equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Friday, March 5, 2021

Representations of Religion in Film

Shawn Snyder, Director / Co-Writer of “To Dust”

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Friday, March 12, 2021

Games for Change

Heidi Boisevert

 

Friday, March 19, 2021

Representations of Women on Screen

Cherrypicks

 

Friday, March 26, 2021

Indigenous Voices

Tracy Rector, Longhorse Media

 

Friday, April 2, 2021

TBD

 

Friday, April 9, 2021

Diverse Perspectives Festival Spotlight: “Lucky Grandma”

Sasie Sealy

 

Friday, April 23, 2021

“Summertime” Virtual Red Carpet and Diverse Perspectives Festival Screening

 

The Diverse Perspectives series is supported by a 1-credit course DMD 3998.009 - Toward Equity: The Digital Media & Design Speaker Series taught by professor Clarissa Ceglio. In addition to learning about how issues of equity manifest in their work, creative processes, and careers, students will reflect on how their own practice can support greater equity, diversity, and inclusion.


PAST EVENTS

Friday, February 26, 2021

"Not Just a Princess:” Women in Animation

Searit Huluf, Story Coordinator at Pixar Animation Studios
Alex Rosenberg, Production Manager at Netflix Animation 

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Monday, February 22, 2021, 7pm EST

Bl(x)ck Rhizomes: A Digital Public History Praxis

Aleia Brown, Ph.D., Assistant Director of the African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities Initiative

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Amplifying Black Voices in Hollywood 

The Diverse Perspectives in Digital Media & Design: 2021 Speaker Series
Friday, February 19, 2021
1pm to 8pm EST

Join us on Jorgensen Digital Stage for the inaugural event of UConn DMD’s Diverse Perspectives in Digital Media & Design: 2021 Speaker Series, Amplifying Black Voices in Hollywood. To paraphrase James Baldwin, nothing can be changed until it is faced. This is certainly true of the inequities that have historically shaped the entertainment industry, both on-screen and behind the scenes.

This one-day summit, which ran from 1pm to 8pm EST, featured conversations with Black leaders from various sectors of the film industry and examined its changing landscape by exploring efforts to increase diversity in all aspects of Hollywood from screenwriting, to development and production, producing and directing, and visual effects and post-production. Learn from some of Hollywood’s best, and see how they are challenging the status quo to transform the entertainment industry as we know it. 

Summit Schedule (Friday, February 19, 2021):

1:00 PM, EST

Small Screen, Big Impact: Creating Content for Underrepresented Voices in Digital Media

Numa Perrier, Director of “Jezebel”

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2:30 PM, EST

Reforming Hollywood's Writers' Rooms: How the TV Crime Genre Normalizes Injustice

Kristen Marston, Culture & Entertainment Advocacy Director at Color of Change Hollywood

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4:00 PM, EST

Diversity Matters: The Value of Inclusion in Visual Effects

Chris White, Visual Effects Supervisor at WETA Digital

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5:30 PM, EST

Challenging the Status Quo: Authentic Storytelling at the Studio Level

Alana Mayo, President of Orion Pictures

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7:00 PM, EST

Fighting for Equity in Hollywood: Leveraging Film as a Conduit for Change

Romany Malco, Actor/Director of “Tijuana Jackson: Purpose Over Prison”

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