Letter from the Chair

Spring 2016

Many thanks for your interest in Yale’s Film and Media Studies Program. We hope that you will find this website useful, whether you are a Yale undergraduate, a prospective or current graduate student, a scholar of film and media studies at another institution, or someone with an interest in our program’s many courses, screenings and academic events. Here you will find a wealth of information not only about our program’s structure and current events, but about its aims, its range, its values and its history as well. 

Now in its 29th year, the Program has introduced hundreds of undergraduates to the intellectual and aesthetic pleasures of film and other moving image media, imparted skills in filmmaking and screenwriting to several generations of students, trained many graduate students who have gone on to exciting and active scholarly careers, and brought the riches of world cinema and moving image culture to Yale and to the wider New Haven community. Among the events the Program will sponsor or co-sponsor in Spring 2016 are the graduate student “Madness in the Movies” conference (with a keynote by W.J.T. Mitchell of the University of Chicago), the Yale Undergraduate Film Festival, the Religion and Social Change Film Series, the yearly Festival of Contemporary Italian Film, the ongoing Russian Film at Yale series, the continuing Lesbian Filmmaker series, a conference focused on Hollywood and China in the 21st Century, and the Yale Environmental Film Festival. 

With a rich history, a dynamic faculty and student body, and an endlessly fascinating and ever-changing object of study, Film and Media Studies stands at the intersection of many of the most vital currents in humanistic and social thought and representational practice. We hope that this website provides you with a rewarding entryway into what we do. 

Francesco Casetti, Chair