Ne face o deosebită plăcere să v-o prezentăm pe prof. dr. Rebekah Jorgensen, Fulbright Scholar, care va petrece acest semestru în cadrul departamentului Cinematografie și Media. În cursul semestrului va susține unele cursuri și conferințe dar și întâlniri specifice, pe teme care țin de experiența și expertiza dânsei.
Iată o scurtă prezentare a domniei sale:
Dr. Rebekah Jorgensen began her university studies at the Ohio State University with double majors in Cinema and French. While completing a “Study Abroad” program in film and theater in Paris as an undergraduate, her interests in different cultures and working in the media came together. On being awarded a four-year University Fellowship for Graduate School, she decided to complete her doctorate in Intercultural and Mass Media Communications at Ohio State, completing her Masters research in the Haute Savoie and her doctoral research in Romania, both on the influence of American media on the local populations. Even as she completed her research (and won the Walter B. Emery Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching), she continued her media production work as a student, winning awards and international recognition for her documentary, theater and animation projects, as well as filming for clients and the Ohio State sports teams. Her love of working with young people, both in research, teaching and productions, dates from these early years.
While finishing her dissertation, Dr. Jorgensen was invited to teach Media and Intercultural Communications at the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB). By relocating to California, she was able to continue with both her academic and media production interests. She has taught courses ranging from “International Broadcasting”, “Intercultural Communication” “Mass Media and Society” to “Media Production”, “Basic Animation” and “Graduate Production Management”, with “Romanian” and “English as a Second Language (ESL)” along the way. Besides UC, Santa Barbara, she has been a professor at UCLA, Cal State, Northridge, Cal State, Los Angeles, Chapman University and Loyola Marymount. After acting for two years as Visiting Professor to Webster University Geneva, Dr. Jorgensen became the Program Coordinator for the Masters in Media Communications, in addition to teaching a variety of media courses. She is currently a Fulbright Scholar teaching Documentary Film Production in Romania, most recently at U.N.A.T.C. in Bucharest.
Media production has been, and remains, an important component of Dr. Jorgensen’s work. She is a Director Member of the Directors Guild of America, having shot award-winning documentary, feature, and children’s films and videos globally. As an international feature production executive and producer for major film studios, including Universal and United Artists, (including Rain Man, Betrayed, Roadhouse, James Bond License Revoked, Landslide) overseeing productions in Mexico, Norway, Slovenia, Canada and a host of other locations. As an avid music lover, she directed numerous musicals and operas, from “The Fantastiks” to “La Traviata” and recorded several CDs. As an avid lover of the outdoors, she has filmed bears and wolves for “Discovery” in British Columbia and mountain climbers and extreme sports enthusiasts in the Alps. Most recently she completed several environmental films dealing with water and “Nature’s Rights” groups. She is currently completing production on two documentaries (Anchor and The Descent of Man) and three book/DVDs to be published by a Swiss editor. Dr. Jorgensen continues to acquire new skills in media production, most recently testing the value of various prosumer cameras (camcorder, DSLR, GoPro, smartphones) for filming in various field conditions in Africa (Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and South Africa).
Dr. Jorgensen continues her long-term research interests in three general areas (often with crossover components): 1) the influences of intercultural media on other culture’s and their perceptions, 2) the pressures of market and other sources on existing and emerging media, and 3) storytelling developments and approaches within specialized media, with ongoing participation in international conferences and festivals.