Show #28 Not Who You Thought You Were? Exploring Home Grown History – with Marsha Kinder (July 24)

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Reflect upon your own family history and cultural heritage as you watch vivid moments from the everyday lives of ordinary families.  In this example, see how Jewish home movies provide alternate glimpses of California Life.

Jewish Home Grown History Project: Immigration, Identity and Inter marriage

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MARSHA KINDER is Emeriti Professor of Critical Studies in USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, where she taught from 1980 to 2012. In 1995 she received the Associates Award for Creative Scholarship and in 2001 was named University Professor for innovative transdisciplinary research. An academic nomad, she started as a scholar of 18th century English literature before switching to transmedia relations among narrative forms. The through-line has always been narrative experimentation. As a cultural theorist and film scholar, she is best known for writings on Spanish cinema (Blood Cinema and Refiguring Spain), children’s media (Playing with Power in Movies, Television and Video Games and Kids’ Media Culture), and digital culture (Transmedia Frictions, forthcoming from UC Press). She has published over 100 essays in anthologies and journals, including Film Quarterly on whose editorial board she has served since 1970. In 1997 she founded The Labyrinth Project, a USC research initiative on database documentary, producing award-winning installations, websites and DVD-ROMs featured at museums, art and new media festivals worldwide. Two of these works feature home movies–The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River (2002, with Peter Forgács) and Jewish Homegrown History: Immigration, Identity and Intermarriage (with Rosemary Comella, 2011). Since retiring in 2012, she taught a graduate seminar in Singapore on Narrative and Neuroscience and is writing a book on The Discreet Charms of Database Narrative. She is also collaborating with Mark Jonathan Harris and Scott Mahoy on a website called “Interacting with Autism,” which will be launched in September 2013.


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