Faculty & Students in the News

Adjunct professor Regina Arnold sat down with esteemed cultural critic Greil Marcus to have a conversation on the sounds of pop music and protest in honor of the late USF professor Andrew Goodwin. The Sounds of Pop/Sounds of Protest Conversation is captured by Matt Saincome in his article detailing the event and discussion topics.

Journalism alumni Corinna Halloran is featured in the Huffington Post article, Toughest Job in Sports Journalism. Halloran is an onboard reporter for Team SCA, an all-women sailing team. She is dedicated to shooting video and taking photographs on the boat during the race and following up written stories after. She recently covered the Volvo Ocean Race in Cape Cod, South Africa.

Dorothy Kidd
will participate as a contributor at the launch of "Project Censored 2015: Inspiring We the People" at Moe’s Books in Berkeley this Saturday, October 25th, 7:30 P.M. The event is free and open to the public.

Dorothy Kidd
(Professor, Media Studies) has two book chapters that will be released in October 2014.  "Dreaming Joe Hill: Insurgent Communications in Contests over our Common Resources" is in the edited collection, Resources, Empire and Labour: Crises, Lessons and Alternatives will be launched October 15th at USF. The second, "We Can Live Without Gold, We Can't Live  Without Water" is part of this year's Project Censored 2015 collective of under-reported stories. 

Dorothy Kidd delivered a paper called “Theorizing Social Movement Media” at the International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR) conference in Hyderabad, India on July 16th, 2014. During the IAMCR conference, on July 17th, the edited collection called Communication Rights and Social Justice: Historical Accounts of Transnational Mobilizations, which includes Kidd’s book chapter, “Practising Communication Rights: Cases from South Korea and Honduras” was launched. This book is the first in a series called Global Transformations in Media and Communication Research and published jointly by Palgrave and IAMCR. Earlier, on July13th at the pre-conference called “Building Community -- Shaping Change: The Role of Community, Citizen and Alternative Media In Regional Transformation,” she presented a paper called “Mega-Mining, Indigenous and Citizens’  Media  In  Regional Transformation.” 

Dorothy Kidd speaks at the Conference on Community Media in Hyderabad India (July 2014).

As part of his 3-week summer residency at North Carolina State University's James B. Hunt Jr. Library, David Silver (Associate Professor, Media Studies, Urban Agriculture) created a multi-media presentation for his talk on the farm at Black Mountain College. Working with a large team of librarians, designers, and IT folks, David created four large video walls located throughout the newly opened Hunt Library.

In 1988, Michael Robertson (Professor, Media Studies) interviewed Shirley Temple back when he was a staff writer for The Chronicle - Shirley Temple Black's America / Yes, the dimples are still there, and so is her political fervor.

Media Studies students Teddy Lederer and Tiye Sheppard won 3rd place in the national Broadcast Education Association contest - BEA Festival of Media Arts, Student Audio Competition!  Tiye won for Air Personality and Teddy for Specialty.  

"Who Made Breaking Bad So Good?" - Alum Gennifer Hutchison ('98). (Winter, 2013)
Dorothy Kidd speaks at the Pre/Occupy Theory Speakers' Series -- Social Justice Media: Web 3.0 and the Public Square. As a media theorist and activist, her presentation explores the role of social media and examines media strategies used by social justice movements. (March 2013).

Beth Hoffman's (Term Professor, Media Studies) article "4 Student Projects Tackling Food System Change" was posted on Forbes.  The article highlights four student projects from her Audio Production class. (December 6, 2013)

Vamsee Juluri's (Professor, Media Studies) article, "Miss America Meets Bollywood:  Democracy and the Promise of Popular Culture" was posted on Huff Post World. (September 16, 2013)

Vamsee Juluri's (Professor, Media Studies) article, "Bollywood in the Classroom:  An Idea for India's Future" was posted on Huff Post College. (September 11, 2013)

In July, David Silver (Associate Professor, Media Studies) gave the keynote talk at the annual meeting of the Triangle Research Libraries Network, a collaborative organization of Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina. His talk was titled "Stories from Gleeson Library." (August 5, 2013)

Alumnus ('09) Ty Segall's "Twins" album is a NPR top 50 favorite.  Read about him in USF Magazine. (July 24, 2013)

Maneater-3D! is a short, two part revenge thriller premiering at CMF Hollywood "The World's Largest Student Film Festival," on June 22, 2013. Shot in 3D by a team of USF Media Studies students and starring Lauren Bellenie, William Dessert and Alec Kaplan. You can watch the trailer here. 

Vamsee Juluri (Professor, Media Studies) was interviewed on Public Radio International (PRI)'s The World for a story on inter-collegiate Bollywood dance contests in the U.S. (February 21, 2013)

NBC Bay Area article about alum Toan Lam - "Former SF TV Reporter Inspires Through His Work."

Radio Survivor article, "Live DJs return at revamped KUSF.org." (October 11, 2012)

Dorothy Kidd was one of the judges for the "Community Journalism" section of the Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards for the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ NorCal Chapter) on September 15, 2012.

David Silver's research on the farm at Black Mountain College is featured prominently in this recent article in Carolina Public Press.

Alumnus Anthony Congi ('07), a reporter and anchor for WIVB-TV in Buffalo, NY was awarded televisions's Rising Star award during a ceremony on April 13, 2012 by the Buffalo Broadcaster's Association. 

Ed Lenert (Adjunct Professor, Media Studies) has contributed a co-authored analysis concerning federal and state programs that address the emerging digital divide in Technopolis Race, Class, Gender, and the Digital Divide by Joseph Straubhaar and a team of researchers based at the University of Texas, Austin. (February 27, 2012)

Bernadette Barker-Plummer’s (Professor, Media Studies) article, "Fixing Gwen: News and the Mediation of (Trans) Gender Challenges," was recently accepted and will appear in Feminist Media Studies 14. (February 21, 2012)

Alumnus Toan Lam is truly inspiring.  Read about him in USF Magazine. (November 11, 2011)

Bernadette Barker-Plummer, "Fixing Gwen: News and the Mediation of (Trans)Gender Challenges" has been accepted for publication in Feminist Media Studies 14 (October 2011)

Spin article, "End Transmission:  Are These the Final Days of College Radio?" (October 14, 2011)

KQED News article, "On College Radio Day, KUSF Staff Fight (and Spin) On."  (October 12, 2011)

Read "College Radio Day:  An SOS for student-run stations" in The Washington Post. (October 11, 2011)

SF Gate article, "KUSF license sale awaits FCC approval."  (September 18, 2011)

The Bay Citizen article, "Federal Regulators Zero in on KUSF Sale." (August 27, 2011)

The Bay Citizen article, "KUSF Sale Still in Legal Limbo." (August 15, 2011)

KUSF in Exile is voted Best Radio Station 2011 by SF Weekly!

David Silver's essay "Twitter Meets the Breakfast Club," appears in The Chronicle of Higher Education. (May 8, 2011)

Dorothy Kidd kicks off UCRN Conference with keynote presentation, "College and Community Radio and Communication Rights." Read about it in Radio Survivor. (May 5, 2011).

Media Studies seniors, Elle Robinson and Erika Myszinski, were chosen to screen their films, "Nice Country" and "Ugandan Days" at the deYoung Museum for "Where to? The Call of the Times," a pop-up installation of visual art, music and gallery talks by students on April 22, 2011.

Dorothy Kidd's book chapter, "Indymedia.org: A New Communications Commons" first published in 2003, was just re-printed in "The New Media Technocultures Reader," edited by Seth Giddings with Martin Lister and published by Routledge.

Dorothy Kidd spoke on "The Role of Youth and Social Media Tools in Egypt" at a Teach-In at USF - Egypt's Uprising:  The Road To and From Liberation Square, sponsored by the Yalla! Students and Muslim Students Organizations.  (February 28, 2011) 

Radio Survivor article, "Students Hold Wake for KUSF." (March 25, 2011)

Melinda Stone, founder of How-to-Homestead, was written up in SF Gate - "'Back to the land' living for S.F. urbanites." (March 20, 2011)

Dorothy Kidd, professor of media studies, participated in the panel called "How to Save College Radio" at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin Texas on Saturday, March 19, 2011.

KUSF Coverage in The New York Times (March 19, 2011)
"Battle Rages Over a College Radio Station's Sale"

Save KUSF Coverage (March 18, 2011)
On February 18, 2011, Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi was interviewed by The GuardsmanOnline.  San Francisco Chronicle's article "Save KUSF claims victory in early skirmish; station could still be sold" has been picked up by UPI.

FCC Dismisses University of San Francisco's Request to Move KUSF Transmitter (March 17, 2011)
Read the full article in Radio Survivor.

Bernadette Barker-Plummer's Monograph
Bernadette Barker-Plummer's monograph, "News and Feminism: A Historic Dialog" was published as the Fall / Winter 2010 issue of the Journalism and Communication Monographs series (No. 12, Vol. 3/4).

Her review of Christian Davenport's (2010) "Media Bias, Perspective, and State Repression: The Black Panther Party (Cambridge, Mass: Cambridge University Press) was published in the spring issue of International Journal of Press-Politics (Vol. 16, No. 1).

Save KUSF Rally
On January 19, 2011, a day after the University shut down KUSF, there was a community meeting at Presentation Theater.  A very full evening of discussion.  Click here for the full transcript.

Andrew Goodwin On Popular Culture
Professor Andrew Goodwin will be giving a paper on ‘The Political Economy Of Led Zeppelin: Economic and Cultural Capital’ at the Experience Music Project conference Music and Money: Cash Rules Everything Around Me, to be held at UCLA February 25th-27th 2011.

Goodwin recently completed an essay titled ‘Lady Gadget: 10 Endings’ for a forthcoming book on Lady Gaga, to be edited by Meghan Vicks and Kate Durbin for the CUNY Feminist Press and published in 2011.

Goodwin’s essays ‘Sample and Hold: Pop Music in the Digital Age of Reproduction’ [first published in 1988] and ‘World Beat and the Debate About Cultural Imperialism’ [which is co-authored with Joe Gore, and was first published in 1990] are to be reprinted in a forthcoming collection titled Popular Music, edited by Chris Rojek, to be published by Sage Publications in April 2011.

Two blog posts by Andrew Goodwin (‘The Future Lasts Forever’ & ‘Drag School’) are to be linked to the next Teaching Carnival at the Chronicle of Higher Education. [Goodwin blogs at www.professorofpop.blogspot.com]

Andrew has also recently posted two analyses of Led Zeppelin tracks at Professor Steve Smith’s blog Hooks. The tracks are ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Whole Lotta Love’.  (1/25/2011)

David Silver and the September Project
The September Project, a grassroots effort to encourage public events about freedom in all libraries in all countries throughout the month of September, recently received a nice write-up in American Libraries Magazine .  The project was co-founded in 2004 by David Silver, Associate Professor in Media Studies. (9/27/2010)

Vamsee Juluri's Novel - "The Mythologist"
Vamsee Juluri, Professor - Media Studies, has written "The Mythologist," a novel published by Penguin India. Also, he recently had a short essay appear in On Faith, the Washington Post's religion blog . (5/10/2010)

Melinda Stone and How-to-Homestead in The New York Times
"That Big Farm Called San Francisco"  highlights the work of Professor Stone, Director of Film Studies and Professor in Environmental Studies. (4/23/10)

Natalija Vekic's Screenplay a Finalist
Adjunct Professor Vekic's screenplay for "Solace" is a finalist in the San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation Filmmaking Grants Competition.  The grants support films that through plot, character, theme or setting significantly explore human and civil rights, antidiscrimination, gender and sexual identity and other urgent social justice issues of our time. 

Utopia in Four Movements Shown at the San Francisco International Film Festival
Professor Sam Green's live documentary, Utopia in Four Movements, was shown at the 53rd San Francisco International Film Festival .  The Festival is the longest-running film festival in the Americas, featuring some 150 films and live events with more than 100 filmmakers in attendance.  The Festival attracts an annual audience of more than 80,000.

Sam Green’s Documentary Film Screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival
Each year the Sundance Film Festival selects 200 films for exhibition from more than 9,000 submissions. Professor Green’s film, UTOPIA IN FOUR MOVEMENTS  was one of the few chosen to screen at this prestigious festival!

Caitlin Ryan and Corner Store
Senior Media Studies student Caitlin Ryan is currently the Associate Producer for Corner Store, a feature length documentary introducing Yousef Elhaj. Yousef left Palestine 10 years ago during the Second Intifada, forced to leave his wife and children behind as an economic refugee. During the interceding decade, Yousef has not only worked alone in a corner store, but has also lived alone in its stock room. In the documentary, Yousef's dreams become a reality as the camera follows his return to Palestine, his family's emotional reunion, and his reaction to the realities of living in the occupied West Bank today.

 The documentary was recently awarded the Audience Award at the San Francisco Independent Film Festival and has been featured in The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Guardian, New America Media, and Pirate Cat Radio.

 Check out the trailer and more information about the film at: www.thecornerdocumentary.org

Melinda Stone Quoted in San Francisco Bay Guardian
Director of Film Studies, Professor Melinda Stone, was quoted in the San Francisco Bay Guardian article "Celebrating Sid Laverents and Amateur Cinema Clubs. "

Adjunct Professor Natalija Vekic's Film Written Up in the New York Times
A film Professor Vekic has been working on as a Producer since 2007, STRAND: A Natural Histsory of Cinema by Christian Bruno was written up in the New York Times

Adjunct Professor Michael Dougan - Published & Produced
USF adjunct professor Michael Feit Dougan’s article, ”From End to End: The Creative Compass” on developing story endings will be published in Now Write: Screenplay, to be released by Penguin in September 2010. This collection of screenwriting exercises and observations also includes the writers of Cape Fear, Jumanji, Brokeback Mountain, Mystic Pizza, Heroes, Trauma and others. This publication joins 2009’s release of the international award-winning documentary City of Borders as examples of Michael’s screenwriting and story consulting expertise. Michael teaches Screenplay Foundations and Postmodern Screenwriting in the Media Studies Department.

Student Film Debuts in Italy, Travels to Cannes
When junior media studies major Alexandra Platt studied film production abroad last summer in Rome, she had no idea the documentary film she’d make, "Sono Niente (I am Nothing)," would be part of the 2009 Bologna Human Rights Nights International Film Festival in Italy.

Davies Forum Remakes the News
The Davies Forum was back last semester with Professor Dorothy Kidd. Her speakers consisted of industry leaders, who shared their experiences in “Remaking the News”. The class explored and learned how citizen journalists remade the news to benefit citizens, journalists and social movement groups. Read the following Davies Forum articles in the Foghorn: Davies Forum Remakes the News , Davies Forum Hosts Innovative Real News Network CEO , Pulitzer Winner Highlights Technology, Multimedia  and Award Winning Filmmaker Encourages Students to Create Their Own Films .

Adjunct Professor Natalija Vekic - A Screenwriting Competition Finalist
San Francisco Film Society and The Kenneth Rainin Foundation  announced today the 12 finalists, among them Professor Vekic for her film "Solace," and 4 honorable mentions for the initial $35,000 SFFS/KRF Filmmaking Grant, to be given to a narrative feature film with a social justice theme being made in the San Francisco Bay Area. Over the next five years SFFS and KRF will disburse a series of annual grants totaling $3 million.

Chris Begley - A Winner at the WCC Basketball Tournament
The West Coast Conference basketball tournament invited a representative from each University in the conference to come and shoot, report, write, and create packages for each game played. Junior Chris Begley, who created USFtv's very first sports show, was chosen from USF. The student would represent their school for each game, and the two would co-produce the package. Students also created feature packages, and were told that the best package would be chosen, and played during the Men's championship game at halftime. Chris shot and edited the winning package on the WCC's innaugural "Hall of Honor" and it played during halftime of the Gonzaga vs. St. Mary's Men's final, with 7,845 fans in attendance.

Professor Silver Teaches New Democracy in Poland
Prof. Silver was invited to be part of a new media/new democracy forum held in Poland and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. Read more about this forum here .

Professor Julluri Writes About Oscar Winners' Speeches in The Huffington Post
Read "Om, Oscar, Om: Slumdog Millionaire's Sound Sages ."

Professor Silver's Interview in The Foghorn
Read what students in Prof. Silver's Introduction to Media Studies course are accomplishing in "Class Defines USF on Wikipedia ."

Adjunct Professor Sam Green’s Documentary Film Screened at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival
Each year the Sundance Film Festival selects 200 films for exhibition from more than 9,000 submissions. Professor Green’s film,” Utopia, Part 3: The World's Largest Shopping Mall ” was one of the few chosen to screen at this prestigious festival!

Professor Vamsee Juluri writes "Obama's Inaugural Gesture to Hindu America"
Read his essay in The Huffington Post .

Professor J. Michael Robertson Speaks at the University Club
On January 16, Chair of the Media Studies Department, Prof. Robertson, served as panelist at the historic University Club in San Francisco, speaking on the survivability of the print edition of the San Francisco Chronicle . This event marked the paper's 144th birthday.

Professor Vamsee Juluri in The Huffington Post
Read his essay "How the West Lost Us: A Critique of Media Coverage of the Mumbai Attacks. ”

Lose Yourself: Ty Segall Does Punk Right
Read the complete story on media studies major, Ty Segall, in the San Francisco Bay Guardian .

Al Gore's Current TV to Air USF Student Documentary

View “Pop! How Japanese Culture Took Over My Life ”.

Foghorn Editor Questions U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi
Read about media studies major and journalism minor, Laura Plantholt's interview .

Media Studies Students Film Music Video for Wyclef Jean
View the music video on Wyclef's YouTube/MySpace pages .

Professor Andrew Goodwin in Slate
Read his article "Stairway To Stardom, If Led Zeppelin reunites, will they play the song that almost destroyed them? "