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IIC Student releases podcast to Amplify Voices of historically Underrepresented Students

Mary Reed Building from the Humanities GardenFirst Year International & Intercultural Communication student Mara Waldruff has released the first episode of her new podcast: "The Spoken Tapestry." The podcast will highlight stories by minority students at the University of Denver.

Mara says: "Though DU emphasizes inclusivity, many of its students of color have experienced racism, microagressions, and "othering" on and around campus. Through this podcast, I aim to share these stories along with those that touch on the individual's background and personality. And lastly, all of my interviewees respond to the question - what can white people do to help improve the cultural climate?"

Listen to "The Spoken Tapestry" here

Want your story told? Contact Mara here.

2017 Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence

Featuring Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer & Estlow Center Anvil of Freedom Honoree: Dr. Julianne Malveaux

Dr. Julianne Malveaux speaks at the Diversity Summit keynote breakfast 2017On January 19 & 20, 2017, the Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Julianne Malveaux – economist, author, and political correspondent – as the keynote speaker at the 2017 Diversity Summit. Dr. Malveaux was honored by the department in two capacities, as both the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer and the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media's Anvil of Freedom recipient.

This year's Diversity Summit, held on inauguration day, followed the theme of Many Stories, Many Truths: Overcoming Challenges in Building Community. It featured a variety of workshops, panels, and meetings centered around the concept of diversity and inclusivity, including a teach-in with Chancellor Rebecca Chopp.

Dr. Malveaux presented on Thursday, January 19 in her capacity as the Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecturer. She spoke first to students from Media, Film & Journalism Studies, Economics, Gender & Women's Studies, Sociology, and Communication Studies at a Master Class titled Gender, Media & the Economy. The Master Class was followed by a panel on The Business and Economic Outlook of Denver and the Nation after the Inauguration where Dr. Malveaux was joined by panelists Joelle Martinez, Executive Director of the Latino Leadership Institute at DU; Candi CdeBaca, Executive Director of Project VOYCE; and Dana Coffield, Business Editor of the Denver Post. Brent Chrite, Dean of the Daniels College of Business, served as moderator.

On Friday morning Dr. Malveaux gave the Summit's breakfast keynote speech as the Estlow Center Lecturer and Anvil of Freedom Honoree. She spoke on Race, Gender, and Building Communities: What Happens Next?, talking about the economic outcomes we can expect from the current administration and calling upon journalists to speak for the underrepresented and to aspire to honesty in each publication. She tied the discussion back to the theme of the Diversity Summit, encouraging students and other attendees to speak out and to seek out new voices, asserting that we cannot build better communities if we do not work to better communicate with one another. A full recording of the breakfast is now available online: watch Race, Gender, and Building Communities: What Happens Next?

Dr. Malveaux was honored in recognition of the publication of her book, Are we better off? Race, Obama and public policy, published in February 2016. This book is a compilation of Malveaux's columns that offer a review of the highs and lows of the Obama presidency from an African American perspective.

About Julianne Malveaux
Julianne Malveaux is a journalist, author, and economist and has been a regular commentator featured on CNN, PBS, NBC, BET, and FOX among others, and her columns have appeared in USA Today, Ms. Magazine, and more.

Her writings provide insights on a range of topics, including the merits of minority-owned businesses and Black entrepreneurship, the payday loan debt system that traps many moderate and low income people in poverty, and the societal benefits of a livable minimum wage.

For five years, Malveaux served as President of Bennett College, which along with Spelman College is one of only two all-women historically black colleges. During the election season Malveaux called for both Clinton and Trump to address the nation's poor and hungry in their debates.

Accolades for "Happy F-Ing Valentine's Day" 

Happy F-ing Valentine's Day , the inaugural film by Project DU F.I.L.M. (Film Initiative Linking to Mentors) has been toppling expectations in its first film festival season. 

The short narrative film was co-written by MFJS Associate Professor Sheila Schroeder and Kate Burns and was cast, filmed, edited, and produced by DU students, alumni, and faculty in an incredible collaboration of minds and expertise. 

So far Happy F-ing Valentine's Day has been, or will be, screened at the following festivals, winning multiple awards along the way:

Lyons Film Festival Audience Choice Award laurels

Longmont Front Range Film Festival
April 2016
Winner: Audience Award 

Lyons Film Festival 
June 2016
Winner: Audience Choice Award

Intendence Film Festival
June 2016

Breckenridge Film Festival laurels

Out Here Now Kansas City LGBT Film Festival 
June 2016
Winner: Best Short Comedy Film

North Caroline LGBT Film Festival
August 2016

Breckenridge Film Festival
September 2016

Reeling Film Festival
September 2016

Lyons Film Festival Audience Choice Award laurels

TampaBay International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
September 2016

Cinema Systers Film Festival
September 2016

International Women's Film Festival
October 2016

Dallas VideoFest
October 2016
Winner: Best Short Narrative

Out on Film
October 2016

Denver Film Festival
November 2016

Durango Independent Film Festival
March 2017

The script has been accepted at the following festivals:

Broad Humor Film Festival Best Short Screenplay laurels

Broad Humor Film Festival
Winner: Best Short Screenplay

Las Vegas Screenplay Contest
Official Finalist: Short Screenplay

Houston Comedy Film Festival nomination

Houston Comedy Film Festival
Nominated: Best Short Screenplay

American Movie Awards
Official Finalist: Short Screenplay

International Women's Film Festival
Official Selection

University Film & Video Association, Washington, D.C.
Script Division Reading

Invited public screenings:

Dyke Night at the Movies
Oakland, CA
November 2016

 

DU Project F.I.L.M.

Shooting Happy F-ing Valentines Day onsiteMade up of DU alumni and current students, Project F.I.L.M (Film Initiative Linking to Mentors) was created in 2015 by MFJS associate professor Sheila Schroeder to bring together students and mentors in the film production field.

This spring the collective premiered their first short film, Happy F-ing Valentine's Day, at the Longmont Front Range Film Festival.Not only was the film nominated for Best Short Screenplay, but it took home top honors with a Best Film of the Fest Award as well as the Audience Favorite Award.

The film, which was produced, edited, and shot by alumni and students and co-written by Sheila Schroeder, has also received Official Finalist Status from the Houston Comedy Film Festival, the Las Vegas Screenplay Competition, and the American Movie Awards Screenplay Competition, and will be screened at the Lyons Film Festival and the Kansas City LGBT Film Festival. 

One Day for DU Logo

Project DU F.I.L.M. is thrilled to announce that they have been selected to be part of the University of Denver's One Day for DU campaign on May 18. As a collaborative mentoring project that brings together faculty, alumni and students to create a short film, your help in furthering the goals of the project is so appreciated. Check out more about One Day for DU here: http://www.du.edu/oneday/