Vol 57 No. 8 : April 2005
Vol 57 No. 8 | Apr. 2005
Nine Receive Alumni Association Grants
The annual Alumni Recognition Reception recently took place in the Steve and Nini Horn Center, with nine projects chosen from more than 70 applicants for funding by the Alumni Grants Committee. More than $35,000 will be given back to the campus, with this year's recipients being:
Film and Electronic Arts
Davinia Thornley, a member of the Film and Electronic Arts Department since 2004, was pleased and surprised recently when she received a $5,000 Alumni Association grant matched by equal sums from the University Library and her department. Her goal is to update and supplement Film and Electronic Arts' texts to make their department academically as well as creatively competitive.
“I'm very pleased to be one of the grantees,” said Thornley,
an assistant professor in the department. “This translates to $15,000
to buy new books. One reason for the success of my proposal, I think, is that
the Alumni Association knew whatever they gave would be matched by the department
and the library. What I'm trying to do is get newer, more contemporary texts
that deal with the many changes in the film industry during the last 10 years.
There has been a shift to digital projection, computer-generated imaging and
CD-ROMs. I wanted texts that envisioned the industry in a whole new way.”
“The vast majority of the department comes from a more hands-on background
but theory ought to be a high priority, too,” she explained. “Past
theories of semiotics, psychoanalysis and Marxist interpretations have given
way to more tangible perspectives such as historiography and cultural studies.
Now the trend is to analyze audiences instead of films. How do audiences interpret
films? I wanted texts that reflected that.”
“There was a void after the mid-1970s,” she said. “We had one quarter of an aisle. I saw right away the most important thing for the students was to get books as soon as possible. They didn't even have enough resources to do their assignments."
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