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The Academy Forum No. 90 was conducted in Academy History Museum at 1:30pm in the afternoon of March 23 (Wednesday). It was held by Graduate School and International School and four professors from Columbia College Chicago (CCC) acted as lecturers. The professors are from Film Department, Department of Journalism, Department of Art Management and Department of Picture Photography of CCC respectively. They made face to face in-depth communication with BFA students about short film shooting, media and society, creative industry and photographic research. The students present gave questions actively. The forum got a great success finally.


At the beginning of the forum, Sun Xin, dean of International School addressed a speech to express welcome to four professors. He said that it’s necessary for BFA to cooperate with well-known international film and television academies to accelerate the international development. And CCC is an important global partner of BFA. Both institutions have unique features of their own in film field. The forum is conducted to give BFA students more chances to go abroad for study and exchange in foreign academies.

Prof. Wenhwa Tsao from Film Department, CCC introduced the other three professors to students. They are Ms. Suzanne McBride, Department director of Journalism and associate professor, Ms. Mary Filice, associate professor of Department of Art Management and Ms. Myra Greene, associate professor of Department of Picture Photography. Students showed their welcome to all the four teachers with warm applause.

Ms Suzanne McBride appreciated the warm reception and made an introduction to CCC and the city of Chicago. She said that Film Visual and New Media of CCC has lots of followers and renowned alumni in US. Teachers of CCC are qualified and professors are reputable experts in their own fields. Students are encouraged to have their own collections since the first day in the college and accumulate original works with the collection. Besides, the collection will play a key role in employment. CCC always holds to the teaching ideas of focusing on both theory and practice: on the one hand, it creates innovative learning environment for students to review and improve their art works; on the other hand, it has broad scope of academic courses to widen students’ vision and knowledge and enhance their analysis and innovation abilities to lay a sound base for a successful career.

And then, Ms. McBride gave an academic report of US Presidential Election 2016: Candidate, Media and Voter to describe the major candidates of the 45th president from the Democratic Party and Republican Party, election overview and procedure. She took Donald Trump, a presidential candidate from Republican Party as an example to explain the key role of media in public affairs, such as election.

And then, Ms. McBride gave an academic report of US Presidential Election 2016: Candidate, Media and Voter to describe the major candidates of the 45th president from the Democratic Party and Republican Party, election overview and procedure. She took Donald Trump, a presidential candidate from Republican Party as an example to explain the key role of media in public affairs, such as election.

Ms. Mary Filice, associate professor from Department of Art Management gave an academic report of Leadership in the Creative Industries to inform students how to administrate an enterprise and personnel efficiently and precisely in
cultural and creative industry. In her opinion, there are three important elements for leadership in the creative industry, emotional intelligence, cultural intelligence and contextual intelligence. She also extended from contextual intelligence to leadership in spirit of the time to encourage students to be sensitive to the spirit of the time. She believes that each time has its own temperament, so do art works which will be marked with the time brand and give sound of the time. Ms. Filice made use of her graduate student’s video work to state the spirit of the time of an art work and the involvement process of its time temperament.

Ms. Myra Greene, associate professor from Department of Picture Photography gave a report of Photographic Research of CCC Teachers and Master of Fine Arts to share her photography learning experiences with students. She also showed some of her photographic products which are not about the same content but based on racial issues in USA. They talked about how people are influenced by “stereotype” when they see figures and things in the pictures. Moreover, she also explained the “wet method” photography technology.


Professor Wenhwa Tsao from Film Department gave a speech with topic of Approach the Truth—Four Short Films’
Description and Screening. Ms Tsao thinks that film should have its own voice and idea. She shared four of her short film works which are about immigration life, children sexual assault and children adoption.
Finally, students gave questions based on their specialties in the link of live interaction. The teachers answered them carefully in details and the activity ended in a satisfactory way.

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