Why Macalester for Media and Cultural Studies?

Media and Cultural Studies analyzes the poetics, politics and production of media texts, in alignment with the college’s commitment to internationalism, multiculturalism and community service, using theories and methods drawn from the humanities and the social sciences. The department offers an innovative 10-course major that includes opportunities for students to combine analysis, criticism and production.

Recently Offered Courses

Texts and Power: Foundations of Media and Cultural Studies
History of Film 1893-1941
History of Film Since 1941
Global Media Industries
Film Analysis and Visual Culture
Community Video: Theory and Practice
New Media Theories/Practices: From the Counterculture to Digital Culture
Afrofuturism in Media and Popular Culture
Environmental Issues and the Media
Blackness in the Media
Local News Media Institutions
News Reporting and Writing
Advanced Journalism: New Media
Cultures of Neoliberalism
Fundamentals Video Production
Advanced Topics: New Media
Advanced Topics: Gender, Labor and the Media
Advanced Documentary Studies: Theory and Practice
Hip Hop and Representation
Surrealisms: Art, Photography, and Film

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Media & Cultural Studies Toast & Jam Series

Media and Cultural Studies Department presents films, lectures, and discussions in a series we call Toast & Jam. Toast & Jam is always served!

Past Toast & Jam presentations include:

  • Cecilia Aldarondo, filmmaker and Assistant Professor at Skidmore College, presented a lecture titled 'A Black Hole Where a Life Should Have Been': Reckoning With the Aftermath of AIDS in Memories of a Penitent Heart. Her documentarty filmMemories of a Penitent Heart was featured at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. 
  • Norman Steinberg, the creator and director of The TV Writers Studio in New York discussed his work in the film and television industry. Mr. Steinberg is an Emmy Award winner who has penned screenplays for Blazing Saddles and My Favorite Year.
  • Documentary filmmaker, Alain LeTourneau presented OPEN ROAD, a film about urban spaces.
  • Mac Alum, Sara Kiener, co-owner of Film Presence, Brooklyn, NY-based marketing and outreach for independent films, gave a presentation with film clips to MCST students.
  • Documentary filmmaker and noted director Sam Green ("The Weather Underground") presented his documentary film on R. Buckminster Fuller.
  • Dave Zirin, Mac Alum and host of XM Satellite's Edge of Sports Radio presented A People's History of Sports in the U.S. 

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