FMS Guests and Events

Updated: Jun 4

Spring 2021

Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism: Chris Wallace

Thursday, March 11, 2021


Tisch College hosted a conversation with Chris Wallace, the featured speaker for the 14th Annual Edward R. Murrow Forum on Issues in Journalism, on the topic of "Speaking Up & Speaking Out: Politics, Power & Freedom of the Press." A prominent political commentator and a highly respected journalist, Chris Wallace has been in the broadcasting industry for over 50 years and has worked at most of the major networks. He is currently the anchor of FOX News Sunday, prior to which Wallace was a senior correspondent for “Primetime Live” and substitute for “Nightline” at ABC News, covered several presidential elections at NBC News as the network’s chief White House correspondent, and was a print reporter at the Boston Globe. In 2015, Wallace—along with Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier—moderated the first Republican presidential debate, which still ranks as the highest-rated non-sports telecast ever, according to Nielsen Media Research. He later moderated the third general election presidential debate in 2016 – a first for a FOX News journalist. Wallace is the recipient of three Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for his reporting.

This event is sponsored by Tisch College’s Distinguished Speaker Series with support from the Provost’s Office, the Political Science Department, the Film & Media Studies Program, the Institute for Global Leadership, and the Murrow Center for a Digital World at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Fletcher Burns Class Visit


Don Schechter's Making the Short Film class welcomed gaffer Fletcher Burns--

shown here discussing lighting technique to FMS31 students.

Tufts Women in Filmmaking presents Speed Q & A with Film Producer Lisa Bruce

Tuesday, March 23


Lisa Bruce is the producer of Academy Award nominated films Darkest Hour and The Theory of Everything.

Event recording:

Necessary Concessions: Inebriated Spectatorship and Film Culture Before and After COVID" with Caetlin Benson-Allott and Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece

Thursday, April 1


Over the past year, it’s sometimes felt like American leisure has been reduced to substances and screentime. While COVID lockdowns fueled a boom in streaming spectatorship, they also led to increased alcohol and cannabis consumption. Caetlin Benson-Allott and Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece historicize the current rise of inebriation and its attendant intoxicated viewing by unpacking the long term relationships between cinema, television, drugs, and alcohol. How is the re-opening of theaters complicated by their recent turn to “adult concessions”? How do substances uncover the intertwinement of spectatorship and power? Join us as we discuss film and television under the influence of pot, beer, and other intoxicating forces of US media culture.

Caetlin Benson-Allott is Provost's Distinguished Associate Professor of English and Film and Media Studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of Killer Tapes and Shattered Screens: Video Spectatorship from VHS to File Sharing (University of California Press, 2013), Remote Control (Bloomsbury, 2015), and The Stuff of Spectatorship: Material Cultures of Film and Television (University of California Press, 2021). She is also Editor of JCMS (formerly Cinema Journal), the scholarly publication of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece is an Associate Professor of English and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the author of The Optical Vacuum: Spectatorship and Modernized American Theater Architecture (Oxford University Press, 2018) and the co-editor of Ends of Cinema (University of Minnesota Press, 2020).

Event Recording:

FMS Speaker: Jaffar Mahmood

Tuesday, April 20


The FMS Speaker Series presents Jaffar Mahmood, Producer/Director of "Young Sheldon" and "Mr. Mayor". Participants will be asked to watch two tv episodes prior to the event. Details in the registration.

FMS Speaker Series: Color Correcting the Narrative

Monday, April 26


The FMS Speaker Series presents 'Color Correcting the Narrative: A conversation with filmmakers Dehanza Rogers and Venessa Yee' on the value of diversity behind the camera.

Tufts Women in Filmmaking presents Linda Reisman

Tuesday, May 4


Linda Reisman is the producer of many films, including The Danish Girl. In this talk, she will be presenting a case study of producing, using her film Leave No Trace, which is available to watch in advance through Tisch. Participants are encourage to watch the film prior to the event--information will be sent to registrants.

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