Film Diplomacy Topic of Dick Wolf Cinema Studies Conference at Penn

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Media Contact:Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460April 17, 2014


WHO:             Cinema Studies Program        

                        University of Pennsylvania


                        Alec Ross, former senior advisor for innovation to Hillary Clinton


WHAT:          The Second Annual Dick Wolf Cinema Studies Conference, “Film  Diplomacy in the Digital Age”


WHEN:          Friday, April 18, 9 a.m.


WHERE:        Kislak Center, 6th Floor, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 3420 Walnut  St.


Scholars, filmmakers and government officials gathering for “Film Diplomacy in the Digital Age” will explore the role of film, video and digital media as tools of social change and control in global politics.


Alec Ross, former senior advisor for innovation to Hillary Clinton, will provide the keynote address. Ross was instrumental in shaping the U.S. State Department’s digital media policies under Clinton. A senior fellow at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, he served as advisor on technology-enabled diplomacy.


Highlights of the conference will include moderated discussions on the politics of the foreign language Oscar competition, Iran’s use of social media, “cool” media in Turkey and Japan, Russian musicians and activists Pussy Riot, Angelina Jolie in Bosnia and the State Department’s global film projects.


The conference is free and open to the public. More information is available at