Faculty and Staff
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John Schott teaches Digital Photography, Site-Specific Media, Graphic Design, Audio Drama, Avant-Garde Film and Culture in the 1950s, and Visual Studies Seminar. His photographs are included in New Topographics, an exhibition and catalog honoring the work of eight photographers of historical importance. On the local front, John recently produced The Building Remembers, an exhibition and catalog featuring photographs of the Northfield Middle School before it was transformed into the Weitz Center for Creativity at Carleton. Every other spring term he leads a popular off-campus studies program exploring New Media practice and theory in Europe or Asia.
Chair of Cinema and Media Studies
Carol Donelan teaches Introduction to Cinema & Media Studies, Film Genres, Film History I, Film History II, Film Noir and Cinema Studies Seminar. She has co-curated an exhibition on Modernizing Melodrama in the Carleton Art Gallery and written a book that connects local history with national trends in film distribution and exhibition, Electric Theater: The Emergence of Cinema in Northfield, 1896-1917. Currently she is researching the history of the Audubon Screen Tours 1943-1958 and contemplating the strange and surprisingly complex patterns of meaning-making in popular Hollywood genre films.
Jay Beck teaches Film History III, Contemporary Global Cinemas, American Cinema of the 1970s, American Film Comedy, Spanish Cinema, Rock ‘n’ Roll in Cinema, Film Sound Studies, and Sound Design. His research includes work on film sound, interdisciplinary sound studies, popular music studies, American cinema, Spanish cinema, genre studies, the Western, film technology, and radio studies. He has co-edited two book collections, Lowering the Boom: Critical Studies in Film Sound (with Tony Grajeda) and Contemporary Spanish Cinema and Genre (with Vicente Rodríguez Ortega). His current book project focuses on changes in film sound practices in the 1960s and 70s.
Laska Jimsen teaches Digital Foundations, Nonfiction, Fiction, Animation and Advanced Production Workshop. She works across nonfiction forms from video documentary to artisanal 16mm filmmaking and animation. The people, landscapes, plants, and animals that populate her work include delicate specimens of the genus Dahlia, the horses and riders who inhabit an urban Philadelphia stable, silent bow hunters hidden in a snowy Minnesota arboretum, and an Oregon pioneer who plays the trombone when not trapping coyotes. Laska was recently invited to premiere her film Beaver Creek Yard at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and she is currently working on a video essay about deer and hunting in North America.
Paul Hager teaches Digital Foundations and Television Studio Production while directing, managing and producing programming for Northfield's community television station (NTV channel 12). He was formerly mayor of Northfield.
Cecilia Cornejo teaches Digital Foundations. Through the use of written and visual poetry combined with documentary techniques, Cecilia creates works of nonfiction that bring a personal dimension to the documentary tradition. Her work is distributed by Women Make Movies, has shown widely throughout Europe and the Americas, and was part of MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight. Her latest film Song of the Apprentice was screened at the Minneapolis-St Paul International Film Festival in 2013. Aside from her artistic practice, Cecilia is co-founder of The Nineteenth Step, a collective of artists, teachers, and curators who used cinema as a tool to foster a deeper understanding of Latin American culture.
Vern Bailey is a much-beloved Professor of English with a passion for film. In the late-'60s he instituted the first cinema class at Carleton and helped organize the Carleton Film Society. In recent years nearly half the courses he taught were on film history and aesthetics, and many generations of students remember fondly his wonderful auteur classes in Hitchcock, Bergman, Antonioni, Renoir, and Capra, among others. Vern taught his last class in 2004 but is still happy to discuss film. He is sometimes available for consultations in the coffee shop downtown.
Professor of Political Science
POSC 203. Political Communication: Election Campaign Advertising and Public Opinion
POSC 204. Media and American Politics: Special Election Edition
POSC 220. Politics and Political History in Film
POSC 303. Political Communication: Election Campaign Advertising and Public Opinion
ARTS 140. The Digital Landscape
ARTS 141. Experimental Photography
ARTS 238. Photography I
ARTS 240. Intro to Film and Digital Photo
ARTS 339. Advanced Photo: Digital Imaging
ARTS 340. Advanced Film and Digital Photo