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Ethics Film Series 2015 Screenings

Ethics Film SeriesFor the ninth Ethics Film Series, the  Arsht Ethics Initiatives and UM Ethics Programs, the School of Communication, and the University of Miami Alumni Association is presenting three provocative films followed by lively debate  at the Bill Cosford Cinema, with the next  screening, Last Days in Vietnam, taking place on Tuesday, April 7.  All screenings begin at 6:15 p.m. and are free, and open to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the community.

Here’s the schedule:

Tuesday, March 24: Apocalypse Now

Presented in collaboration with UM’s Center for International Business Education & Research (CIBER).

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, and Robert Duvall, this 1979 film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, and won two, for Sound and Cinematography. Food will be provided after the 153-minute film.

Moderator: Otavio Bueno, professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Miami College of Arts & Sciences.


Tuesday, April 7: Last Days in Vietnam

This PBS film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It examines the difficult decisions faced by the Americans departing Vietnam under fire.

Introduction: Max Duke, vice president of Content and Community Partnerships at WPBT2, who arranged the screening.

Moderator: Daniel Suman, professor of marine affairs and policy at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science of the University of Miami, who has led eight UM study abroad trips to Vietnam.


Tuesday, April 21: The Fog of War

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara, widely viewed as the ‘architect” of the Vietnam War, is the focus of this 2003 documentary that won that year’s Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Is it a defense or an apology?

Moderator: Charles E. Neu, professor emeritus and former chair of Brown University’s History Department, an expert on the Vietnam War, and a member of a group of scholars who advised Secretary McNamara.

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..For more information, please contact UM Ethics Programs at ethics@miami.edu or 305-243-5723.

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UM Filmmakers Show Their Stuff at Miami Film Festival


UM Filmmakers Show Their Stuff at Miami Film Festival

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The filmmaking talents of Ed Talavera, chair of the Cinema and Interactive Media Department, and two School of Communication students will be on display at this year’s Miami International Film Festival, with Talavera’s gastronomical gem about Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio celebrating its Florida premier in the Culinary Cinema category and films by students Tyler Huyser and Luis Galvis competing in the festival’s 5th Annual CinemaSlam, which showcases the best work from South Florida’s film students.

Finding Gaston, the film Talavera co-produced and filmed with director Patricia Perez about the world-renowned chef and restaurateur who brought Peruvian cuisine to the masses, will be shown at 6:50 p.m. on Monday, March 9 at Miami Dade College’s Tower Cinema, 1508 S.W. 8 Street. The screening will be followed by a meal at Gaston’s own Miami restaurant, La Mar, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Brickell Key. Tickets are $75 for the movie, dinner, and wine pairing.

Galvis and Huyser’s short films will make their MIFF debut during the festival’s CinemaSlam, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6 at the Tower Theater. Filmed in Guatemala, Galvis’s eight-minute documentary, Romana, is about an illiterate mother of seven children whose education begins when her daughters go to school.

Huyser’s seven-minute film, Emory, is about an 18-year-old who uses graffiti to escape from and find peace on the impoverished streets of Miami’s Overtown. On the eve of his new future, his life changes forever.

Their films will be among ten competing for awards that include Miami CinemaSlam Champion 2015 (which includes a $500 Sara Fuller Scholarship courtesy of FilmFlorida), Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Drama, Best Documentary, and Best Technical Achievement. The final award, the CinemaSlam Audience Award Winner 2015, will be determined by audience votes following the screenings. Tickets to CinemaSlam are $13.

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Grant Funds New Educational Resource on Ocean Health

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Grant Funds New Educational Resource on Ocean Health

By Barbara Gutierrez
UM News

OceansGrantCORAL GABLES, Fla. (January 9, 2015) –The University of Miami’s Department of Cinema and Interactive Media at the School of Communication has received a two-year grant of over $405,000 from the Friends of Stark Parks in conjunction with the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation. The funding will go towards the creation of a unique Open Educational Resource (OER) that will not only explain the science underlying ocean health management, but also help bring the specific work of top researchers from their worldwide field locations to university curricula.

In an effort to develop “Media Building-Blocks of Ocean Health Knowledge,” this complete collection of course materials and activities will consist of 10 highly interactive modules, covering a range of topics such as carbon storage and climate change, artisanal fishing opportunities and policies, biodiversity and coastal protection.  These resources will be made available to universities around the world in a global effort to promote understanding and preserve ocean health.

“Ocean health is an example of content that matters. In our time, we need to incorporate our storytelling skills to bring the magic of science and exploration not only to a TV documentary but further to an interactive engaging experience for the next generation of students – where they are expected to retain such content,” said Ali Habashi, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and lecturer at the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media who is producing this project. “The real value here is to organize our expanding knowledge with an adjustable pace that lends itself to education.”

Original videos showcasing researchers working and interacting with various stakeholders in the field, above and under water, would be central to each module. Several of these stories have already been filmed by Habashi’s team in the most exotic and environmentally rich locations – such as Indonesia, Chile, Singapore, Hawaii and California.

“This open educational resource may prove to be a model for us with its production values, use of world renowned experts, and interactive qualities.  I have seen some rough cuts of the materials to be used and I think the final product is going to be remarkable,” said Gregory Shepherd, dean of the UM School of Communication.

Each module of the eight-week OER will be reviewed and hosted by leading marine biologists from Conservation International, marine fellows from The Pew Charitable Trusts and other distinguished researchers such as Dr. Mark Erdmann, Dr. Stefan Gelcich, Dr. Ruth Gate, Dr. Mike Beck and Dr. Ben Halpern in order to ensure the accuracy of the scientific content, syllabus, case studies, discussions and assignments.

The Open Educational Resource will be managed in conjunction with The Friends of Stark Parks, an organization that supports strengthening and expanding of field experience and service learning opportunities for students and faculty at five colleges and universities in Stark County.

“For more than forty years, Herbert W. Hoover Foundation initiatives have supported major international research to provide accurate information through scientific investigation; created awareness through public information and education, and taken action to support environmental protection efforts,” said Herbert W. Hoover Foundation Chair, Elizabeth Lacey Hoover. “Now is the time to re-evaluate the traditional paradigms of education in ocean science and look for meaningful innovation.”


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VizUM Picks Up Where Places & Spaces Leaves Off

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VizUM Picks Up Where Places & Spaces Leaves Off

By Annette Gallagher
UM News

Places & Spaces: Mapping Science. Closing Reception: Juhong Park, Victor Milenkovic, & Alberto Cairo at the Stanley and Jewell Glasgow Hall at the University of Miami School of Architecture

Alberto Cairo, the Knight Chair in Visual Journalism and director of CCS’s Visualization Program, says VizUM will provide new ways to deal with “oceans of data.”

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 12, 2014)—Places & Spaces: Mapping Science, the extraordinary Indiana University exhibition of 100 artistic big-data visualizations that debuted on the University of Miami campus in September, held its capstone event last week. But it signaled a beginning, not an end.

“There are no endings,” said Sawsan Khuri, chair of the Places & Spaces committee and director of engagement for the Center for Computational Science (CCS), which joined with the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Architecture, and Otto G. Richter Library to bring the exhibit to campus. “Places & Spaces may be leaving, but this is also the beginning of VizUM, a visualization project that will connect the visualization efforts already in place on the campus and initiate new efforts as well.” Read the full story

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Herrick Center Wins Knight Arts Challenge to Expand Cosford Classics

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HerrickCenterCORAL GABLES, Fla. (December 11, 2014)—The  Norton Herrick Center for Motion Picture Studies was selected from nearly 1,200 applicants to receive one of 47 South Florida Knights Arts Challenge grants. It will use the $15,000 award to expand the Cosford Cinema’s Cosford Classics series, which showcases films presented on 35 mm.

According to center director Christina Lane, the Knight Foundation grant will enable the Herrick Center to enhance the classic series by inviting guest curators, including local film experts and internationally known scholars and filmmakers, to speak about each film, its cultural significance, and the importance of film preservation in modern culture. At its most recent Cosford Classics screening of the Ingmar Bergman drama Autumn Sonata, legendary actress and director Liv Ullmann, who starred in the film with fellow actress Ingrid Bergman, was on hand for a post-screening Q&A session.

“We are truly delighted about this support for the series, especially because it helps to support a core mission,”  said Lane, associate professor of film studies in the Department of Cinema and Interactive Media. “With our 35mm film screenings, we create a truly cinematic experience in a shared public space. We bring film history alive for new generations.”

In all, the Knight Foundation awarded a total of $2.29 million to 47 mainly small arts organizations, collectives, and individual artists who had the “best ideas for bringing South Florida together through the arts.” Other ideas included launching an artist-in-residency program over the water at Stiltsville, setting traditional Indian dance to the rhythms of Afro-Cuban poetry, and presenting a play based on the stories of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

Located at the School of Communication, the Herrick Center is home to the extraordinary collection of moving image materials that Norton Herrick, chairman of Herrick Entertainment, a motion picture and theatrical production and financing company, donated to the School of Communication. The collection consists of more than 3,000 films and television programs, including many rare and otherwise unavailable titles.

One of the major projects of the Herrick Center, which is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge of the history, aesthetics and social and cultural impact of motion picture media, is to digitize materials in the collection to make them accessible online to UM student and faculty.


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