Intro to Film/Media Studies

This course aims at expanding our ability to interact with and to understand all of the complexities and nuances of the moving image. No matter its delivery system, the orchestration of image, sound and time constitutes, as one critic has put it, “a natural counterbalance to language as a way of accounting for the world.” With grounding in the formal qualities of cinema, we will explore the aesthetic and cultural ramifications of its transformation in the second half of the 20th century, and into the 21st. Professor: Ken Eisenstein. Screenings are free and open to the public.

Film Theory

This seminar looks at various models to interpret and understand a wide range of film forms and theories—formalism, realism, psychoanalytic, etc.—to demonstrate how various frameworks can produce insight into a film’s form and meaning. Professor: Bastian Heinsohn. Screenings are free and open to the public.

Tuesday Series

The Tuesday Film/Media Series brings to Lewisburg selections from the repertory of world cinema, as well as recent international and American independent films. Restorations, revivals and Central Pennsylvania premieres are presented with introductions, visiting filmmakers and post-screening discussions. Programmed by: Rebecca Meyers. Admission is $2.

National Cinemas

This class examines trends in contemporary World Cinema studying a range of styles and their connection (or disconnection) to national and cultural identity. Professor: Eric Faden. Screenings are free and open to the public.


FridaysRace and Film

This course will survey representations of race on film from the late 19th century up until the 1960s. A most compelling component of the course will focus on how underrepresented groups like African Americans represented themselves in “race films”: low budget independent productions with mainly black casts made specifically for segregated black audiences. Professor: Ken Eisenstein. Screenings are free and open to the public.