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Hendrix to Co-Host Film Studies Research Symposium

CONWAY, Ark. (April 11, 2013) - Hendrix College will host its first Hendrix-Rhodes Film Studies Research Symposium on Saturday, April 13 in the Murphy Seminar Room.

Students from Hendrix and Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., will present

The event, sponsored by the Associated Colleges of the South, Hendrix College, and Rhodes College, is organized by faculty representatives Dr. Rashna Richards (Rhodes) and Dr. Kristi McKim (Hendrix).

Panel I: Interpreting and Integrating Film Theories 9:30 -11 a.m.

Moderator: Sammi Bryan (Rhodes)

  • Rane Peerson (Hendrix) "Broken Balloons, Conflicting Theorists, and New Modes of Cinematic Thought"
  • Anna Lockhart (Rhodes) "Redefining Auteur Theory as the Creation of Sub-Genre"
  • William Repass (Hendrix) "The Battle of Algiers-Towards a Revolutionary Space"
  • Hayley Farmer (Rhodes) "From Mourning to Melancholia: Cinephilia in the Age of New Media"

Panel II: Performing and Transgressing Identities: Gender, Race, and Class Reconsidered 11:15 a.m. -12:45 p.m.

Moderator: Lance St. Laurent (Hendrix)

  • Shelby Lund (Rhodes) "From Damsel to Hero: The Evolution of the Bond Girl"
  • Jacob Long (Rhodes) "Masculinity and Transnational Spanish Stardom in Celda 211 (2009)"
  • Julia Price (Rhodes) "America's Changing Race Relations Depicted in Transitional and Contemporary Film"
  • Chelsea Ortego (Rhodes) "Classism and Reaganomics in the Brat Pack Films"

Panel III: Cultural Politics or Political Aesthetics 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Moderator: Emily Smith (Hendrix)

  • Reid Zarker (Hendrix) "Economic Criticism as Manifested and Catalyzed by Psychoanalytic Myth within Citizen Kane"
  • Maggie McGowan (Rhodes) "'Our Thoughts Are Ours, Their Ends None of Our Own': Corporate Anonymity vs. Authenticity in Michael Almereyda's Hamlet"
  • Marcus Zhu (Hendrix) "Understanding New Russian Cinema through Day Watch"
  • Timothy Garton (Rhodes) "À Contrecoeur Caché: Artistic Form as Politics in Michael Haneke's Hidden"

Panel IV: Narrative Choices: Color, Close-Up, Closure 3:45 - 5 p.m.

Moderator: Hayley Farmer (Rhodes)

  • Lara Johnson (Rhodes) "Creating a Fantasy: The Blending of Color in Film"
  • Lance St. Laurent (Hendrix) "Artificial Emotion: Kubrick, Spielberg, and the Face of an Automaton"
  • Emily Smith (Hendrix) "Momentum and Mortality: Learning to Lead in Sarah Polley's Take This Waltz"

For more information, contact Dr. McKim at

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit