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Students Attend Film Symposium with ACS Peers

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CONWAY, Ark. (April 15, 2014) – Ten Hendrix students recently participated in the 2nd Annual Rhodes-Hendrix Film Studies Research Symposium at Rhodes College. 

Sponsored generously by the Associated Colleges of the South and organized by Dr. Rashna Richards (Associate Professor of English and Chair of Film Studies, Rhodes College) and Dr. Kristi McKim (Associate Professor of English and Chair of Film Studies, Hendrix College), the event enabled students from both schools to present their research to their peers and gain the valuable experience of participating in an academic conference. 

In addition to presenting papers, students and faculty engaged in numerous informal conversations over meals and movies, as these activities strengthen ties between Rhodes and Hendrix by encouraging cross-institutional participation and collaboration.

Hendrix student participants and their projects included:

  • Reed Brewer ’15 (English-film studies major), "Looper: An Adaptation of the Western Genre and Recitation of the American Mythos" 
  • Andrew LeMay ’15 (English-film studies major), "The Mummification of Memory: The Uncanny Realism of The Devil's Backbone" Kathryn Madden (Hendrix), "More than Watching: Portal and the Interactive Narrative"
  • Vincent Gammill ’14 (physics major), "Into the Sunset: The Early Western Hero and Vanishing Masculinity"
  • Connor Newton ’16 (English-film studies major), "The 'Deep Search' of Steve Zissou"
  • Rane Peerson ’14 (interdisciplinary studies major), "Adaptation and Adaptation: Discovering Coexistence between Traditional and Experimental Narrative Film Structure"
  • Adelia Shiffraw ’14 (English-film studies major), "Framing Blackness: Race, Representation and Serial Storytelling in The Wire"
  • Emily Smith ’14 (English-film studies major), "Landscape and Bodies in Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad"
  • Hayley Thomson ’15 (English-film studies major), "The Second Directors: How Simon and Garfunkel Established Directorial Ownership for Musicians in Coming-of-Age Films"
  • Reid Zarker ’15 (English-literary studies major), "Stan Brakhage: Film as Immediate Index"

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the sixth 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 latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, as well as the 2014 Princeton Review’s The Best 378 Colleges, Forbes magazine's list of America's Top Colleges, and the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit