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Faculty notes: Jan. 2018

A documentary screening, a newspaper op-ed and a new book of poetry.

January 8, 2018

A new documentary on the global issue of female genital mutilation aired Dec. 15 on PBS' To the ContraryCut: Exposing FGM Worldwide. Kudos to Charles Bunce ’16 MFA, chair of film, media and communication, for co-producing this important film with John Chua, PhD, associate professor of communications at Richmond, the American International University in London. “This award-winning film is the culmination of over seven years of research and hard work on the part of Dr. John Chua,” Bunce said. “Dr. Chua invited me to collaborate on the film during our faculty exchange in 2015 when I taught a film class in London at Richmond American University, and John taught a documentary class at MSMU in our summer Weekend College term. Since then, we’ve been working together to bring this documentary to the public.” For more info on the movie and this issue, check out:

Joanna Novak, assistant professor of creative writing, published an op-ed about the demise of the chat app AIM in the Washington Post in November. She was also interviewed by The Rumpus about her book “I Must Have You” in December. 

The MFA in Creative Writing program will celebrate the release of director Johnny Payne's latest book of poems, "Heaven of Ashes," with a special reading on Jan. 20 in Building 10 on the Doheny Campus. Payne is a poet and novelist. His most recent books are "Heaven of Ashes" and "Bit-Coin Orgy." He recently completed a novel, "Vampire Girl." He is part of the Transmedia Borders performance group and is currently co-writing the opera "Skyland" with Tijuana composers Roberto Romero and Ivan Velazquez.