HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 9, 2020 – High Point University Communication Fellows will host three virtual film screenings this semester in partnership with South Arts’ 2020-21 Southern Circuit Tour.
“Coded Bias” explores the fallout of MIT media lab researcher Joy Buolamwini’s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, and her journey to push for the first-ever legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in algorithms that impact us all. The screening will take place on Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. To reserve a free ticket for the filming, click here.
“Picture a Scientist” chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. The screening will take place on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. To reserve a free ticket click here.
“Reggae Boyz” uses pop culture’s most transcendent forces – sports and music – to dive into the heart and soul of Jamaica. The screening will take place Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. To reserve a free ticket click here.
The film series is co-sponsored by HPU’s Nido R. Qubein School of Communication’s Communication Fellows and the Department of Popular Culture and Media Production.
“I am very excited to be able to give High Point University students and the surrounding community access to these films,” says Dr. Kristina Bell, director of communication fellows. “It’s really important to continue to engage our students and members of our community during the pandemic with opportunities like these.”
Each year, the top 40 incoming communication majors are granted access into the Communication Fellows. Communication Fellows select a specialization as a media, sport or publicity and event fellow and are closely mentored by faculty members with professional and academic backgrounds within that specialization. They work together on creative and research projects to examine trends in their communication industry and receive extra training in professional development.
The popular culture and media production major emphasizes the incredible power and responsibilities that media producers have. Students engage with the written word as the foundation of critical and creative expression. They learn visual and aural production as both an art and a craft. They embrace popular culture from a rhetorical and critical-cultural studies perspective, exploring how texts create cultural meaning and affect how we understand the world. In this way, the program equips students to become makers of media that matters.