Humanities Building, Room 301
Many of our majors go on to satisfying positions in journalism, film, and media industries. With a degree in Media & Cultural Studies you will develop a broader understanding of media, culture, and society.
Jon Branden '10
Jon was accepted by Columbia University (New York) film program.
Jeremy Meckler '10
Jeremy has a new position as secretary/receptionist/assistant to the Film/Video Program at The Jerome Foundation
Aaron Rosenblum '10
Aaron has been pursuing life as a teaching artist. Primarily working with In Progress, a St. Paul non-profit, he teaches workshops on digital photography, video, and screenprinting in classrooms across the Twin Cities. He's also been exploring his own art practice, printmaking with Living Proof Print Collective and getting his toes wet in the world of public art. Aaron, along with fellow HMCS Mac grads, Hannah Rivenburgh, '10 and Peter Valelly, '10, participated in this year's Art Shanty Projects on Medicine Lake, Minnesota. Art Shanty Projects is an artist driven temporary community exploring the ways in which relatively unregulated public spaces can be used as new and challenging artistic environments to expand notions of what art can be. Their entry, CAPITOL HILL, appears on the ice as a monument to the absurdities of government.
Hannah Rivenburgh '10
Hannah is a part of the Center for Disease Control's Public Health Associate Program. She works at Minnesota Department of Health in sexual violence prevention at colleges and universities across Minnesota. She also works at the Heart of the Beast Theater as a MayDay Parade intern. She recently produced a puppet show at HOBT called "Ain't Heard Tell" through an emerging artist mentoring project called PuppetLab. She can be found just north of Powderhorn Park.
Alison Kim '09
Since graduating, I've worked at the Sunlight Foundation as their video intern, and currently I'm in the process of completing my year as an Americorps Vista at the DC Language Access Coalition where I help to develop coalition member's websites.
Alexis Walstad '08
I am working with Lutheran Social Service as an AmeriCorps VISTA doing outreach for their Refugee Services program. I will be writing communications materials as well as giving presentations to community groups and helping them expand their programs. I'm looking forward to gaining insight into the workings of the nonprofit world.
Rachel Trotta '07
For the past 8 months I've been coordinating a clinic in a rural area outside of Santa Cruz, Bolivia. As Clinic Coordinator/ "Jefacita"/ Administrator, I basically run a non-profit and have the responibility to make sure all goes well (clinic schedule, patients, transfers, hospitlizations, maintain chronic care programs and followup, manage American medical and non med volunteers, coomunicate and organize with American and Bolivian founders, schedule surgeries, oversee patient care.) We provide free medical care to an indegenous patient base who cannot afford nor have acess to healthcare on their own. Visit
Centro Medico Humberto Parra
Tamara Olson '06
I'm a User Experience Designer for Google in New York. My time spent at Mac was a great foundation for... well, the world, really.
Kenyon DeVault '06
I am living in San Francisco and a member of a two-person fund development team for Positive Resource Center (PRC), a nonprofit organization that helps people with HIV/AIDS and/or mental health disabilities access disability benefits and employment opportunities. I am also a singing member of and active volunteer with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and a member of the Board of Directors of Folsom Street Events.
My HMCS degree was integral in my career choice and volunteer activities. HMCS taught me to think critically about my community and the world at large, and instilled in me a passion for social justice. The academic rigor of my coursework prepared me to communicate effectively and persuasively to potential donors about the sociocultural and political issues that affect PRC's clients.
Lydia Devine '06
I started at Fordham Law School in New York. I'm really looking forward to actually starting something that has been abstract for about a year.
Sara Kiener '06
My HMCS major prepared me for my career in the film industry by giving me a wealth of knowledge about film history, genre and criticism. But most importantly, I left Macalester with a strong understanding of how activism and culture can intersect to create the necessary social impact for change. This is what lead me to start a company which specializes in marketing, outreach and audience engagement for independent films.
Andrea Bronson '06
I am working full-time at the Authors Guild and part-time as a reporter for Women's eNews in New York City. I work at New York University as a Teaching Assistant, and I also do freelance writing projects at Frank Capri Studios.
Amelia MacRae '05
I will be retuning to school this August to begin a program at the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. I will be getting my masters in Public and Nonprofit Administration.
Emilia Borissova Klayn '05
I am in a Joint PhD Program at New York University in French Studies and French Literature where I am focusing on contemporary French visual and cultural studies; also, currently teaching undergraduate French at NYU .
Jesse Ruuttila '05
I work in the camera and editing departments on an independent documentary about Senegalese student-athletes titled "Hoopland" I also create sketch comedy with three other Mac alums in the comedy group Bare Hand Wolf Chokers.
One of our sketches was featured in the New York Times humor section.
Rebecca DeJarlais '05
I am a writer and client manager in Macalester's Communications and Public Relations Office.
Ben Kantor '05
Ben is pursuing a PhD in communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara. email@example.com
Laura McLam '05
My latest film, 'I love children, but . . .', premiered at this year's Boston International Film Festival. 'I love children, but . . .' is an autobiographical documentary which looks at contemporary parenting and changing expectations of women.
Bassam Jarbawi '05
I am studying narrative filmmaking in the Graduate Film Division at Columbia University.
Adrian Kozlow '05
Working with Jesse Ruuttila, '05, writing and producing experimental plays in the Twin Cities and N.Y.
Sarah Graves '04
I'm working on my MA in Communication at the University of Delaware, focusing on mass media and political communication. I also am the graduate assistant vollyball coach for the university. firstname.lastname@example.org
Nikki A. Miller '03
I live in Minneapolis and am a Volunteer Programs Manager for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. I'm still trying to squeeze in short video projects.
Erik Nelson '03
I'm now the Production Manager for the Broadcast department of the Wolves. I'm in charge of all the web and in-arena scoreboard content amongst other things. That Media Studies degree is finally paying off!
Kimberly Christoffel '02
I have started the MSW program at the University of Minnesota. I am interning at a predominately East African housing project in St. Paul, not far from Macalester, which is incredibly interesting and fun.
Jane Turk '02
Jane received a Watson Fellowship to study public broadcast media in Europe and Asia, and is now a completing a PhD in communications at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Lila Kitaeff '01
Media activist, writer, and radio DJ. Her article "Three Kings: Neocolonial Arab Representation," based on a paper for her senior seminar at Macalester, was published in Jump Cut 46 (2003).
Chris Boulton, '96
After graduating I worked for Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, taught documentary film production at Cuenca University, and wrote scripts for the Travel Channel, CourtTV, and the Discovery Channel. I went back to school in 2004 to research advertising and consumer culture. I recently defended my thesis, cofounded the AMLA Graduate Student Caucus, and am currently developing Christian Love, a documentary about men and moral values in the small, Midwestern town where I was raised.