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Keynote Address: Stephen Prince

4pm, Saturday, October 15, 2011 /// Frick Fine Arts Auditorium /// Free and open to the public /// Reception to follow.

Stephen Prince has taught film history, criticism and theory at Virginia Tech for 20 years. His research and publications focus on violence in motion pictures, on Japanese director Akira Kurosawa and Japanese cinema, on the American film industry, on American film during the 1980s, and on political cinema. The author of numerous essays and book chapters, his work has appeared in Film Quarterly, Cinema Journal, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

He is the Past President of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies, the world’s largest organization of film scholars, academics, students and professionals.

His newest book, Firestorm: American Film in the Age of  Terrorism, looks at portrayals on film and television of the 9/11 attacks and the events that followed, including the Iraq War. It is the first comprehensive look at the contemporary age of terrorism as portrayed in film. The coverage examines portraits of 9/11 and its aftermath as found in Hollywood and independent film, documentaries, and made-for-television films and series.