Location: Mary Graydon Center, Room 200, American University,
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW,
Washington, DC 20016, http://goo.gl/maps/2VuEy
Ancient storytellers captured narrative in paintings on cave walls or sustained them through the oral tradition. But modern technology has significantly enhanced the way in which our stories are told, collected, shared, and measured.
We want to highlight the advancements that the digital and technological landscape has brought to the art of storytelling, while also recognizing the importance of strong narrative.
Enter StoriesLab. A half-day interactive exploration into the possibilities of story to entertain, inform connect, and engage.
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 2:00pm - Friday, February 15, 2013 - 7:00pm
Location: American University, Katzen Arts Center
4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20016
Media That Matters is an annual conference presented by the Center for Social Media at American University. It is designed for established and aspiring filmmakers, nonprofit communication leaders, funders, and students who want to learn and share cutting-edge practices to make their media matter.
During the 1960s, as the executive director of the National Urban League, Young was one of the few African Americans who had the ears of those who controlled the levers of power: Fortune 500 CEOs, governors, senators, and presidents. While he is less known today than other leaders of the era because of the behind-the-scenes nature of his work, Young's legacy and influence are still felt profoundly.
There will be two screenings of this film. Both are free and open to the public but we recommend you reserve a space ahead of time. Distinguished guests will present after the screenings.
Date: Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Wechsler Theater, Mary Graydon Center 315, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016
Human trafficking is increasingly being exposed as an egregious human rights abuse from which the United States is not immune. Event sponsors, POV, Polaris Project and the Center for Social Media are encouraging media makers and human rights advocates to join us for a screening of "Girl Model" followed by an essential conversation about how these violations can be stopped.
Described as "a haunted glimpse of exploited youth" by Variety Magazine, "Girl Model" shines a light on the ugly, exploitative side of the beauty business. The documentary, by David Redmon & Ashley Sabin, follows a 13-year-old girl from a village in Siberia as she is scouted at a modeling cattle call and taken to work in Japan.
Location: Ward Building, Room 1, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20016
Join the Center and 10 other departments across the American University campus for a World AIDS Day screening of the documentary "How to Survive a Plague"--most recently recipient of Best Documentary at the 2012 Gotham Independent Film Awards.
After the screening, the audience will participate in a live Google+ Hangout with filmmaker David France, legendary activist Peter Staley, and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo to commemorate this 25th annual World AIDS Day occasion.
Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: Wechsler Theater, 3rd Floor, Mary Graydon Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016
Photojournalists play a key role in visual expression of public media and information. They provide storytelling through intimate and profound still images. The Center for Social Media and the School of Communication welcome Magnum Photographer Larry Towell to our Camera As Catalyst series - also a FotoWeek DC event.
If there's one theme that connects all my work, I think it's that of land-lessness; how land makes people into who they are and what happens to them when they lose it and thus lose their identities. ~Larry Towell
Benevolent Media, one of the Center's community partners, is organizing a Pitch Night to give "benevolent media" creators a chance to showcase their pitches and proposals in captivating 5- to 7-minute presentations, for a chance to win cash prizes to make their idea a reality.
Join us for a night of sharing about how to make the world a better place through storytelling and design.
Pitches include and explanation of the cause, the community to be served, and the form of media to be used to create positive and lasting social or environmental change. Perhaps poetry for social justice, photography for nature conversation or filmmaing for women's empowerment? Applicants with the most compelling proposals have been invited to pitch their idea in front of a live audience November 5 in Washington, D.C.
Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 8:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: Ward Building, Rooms 1 & 2, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016
How would your views change if you knew the untold stories of history that shaped our politics and society?
Join the College of Arts & Sciences for an advance episode screeing "Untold History of the United States," a ten part documentery series airing on Showtime by Academy award-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and AU History Professor Peter Kuznick.
What Showtime Says about the Series: This ten-part documentary series looks back at human events that at the time went under reported, but that crucially shaped America's unique and complex history over the 20th century. From the atomic bombing of Japan to the Cold War and the fall of Communism, this in-depth, surprising, and totally riveting series will hold your attention for all ten episodes.
Location: Founders Room, School of International Service, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20016
The Center for Social Media is cosponsoring a special screening of "A Journey through the River Vitasta," in support of student documentary work. The film's director Pawan Bali is enrolled in the SIS International Peace and Conflict Resolution masters program.
Copyright in student and faculty research, creative work, and publishing
Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: SIS Founder's Room
When can you use copyrighted materials without permission? How has fair use shifted recently? Join Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi for an interactive exploration and in-depth discussion of fair use in a multi-media context. Their presentation will be followed by a discussion of what’s next in fair use, led by Brandon Butler, and a reception with refreshments. Please RSVP to x3847 or LibEvents@american.edu