Movies, Media, and Methods: A Symposium in Honor of Kristin Thompson
May 1, 2010
4070 Vilas Hall

Kristin Thompson is one of the leading film historians in the United States. Since 1973, she has been affiliated with University of Wisconsin–Madison in the Department of Communication Arts as an Honorary Fellow.

She is, with David Bordwell, author of two widely used textbooks, Film Art: An Introduction (editions from 1979–present) and Film History: An Introduction (editions from 1994–present). With Bordwell and Janet Staiger she wrote The Classical Hollywood Cinema (1985), which regularly appears on lists of the most important books in film studies. Among her other books are Eisenstein's Ivan the Terrible (1981), Exporting Entertainment (1985), Breaking the Glass Armor: Neoformalist Film Analysis (1988), Storytelling in the New Hollywood (1999), Storytelling in Film and Television (20003), Herr Lubitsch Goes to Hollywood (2005), and The Frodo Franchise: The Lord of the Rings and Modern Hollywood (2008). She is also publishes and lectures extensively on ancient Egyptian art.

To honor Dr. Thompson's sixtieth birthday, the Department of Communication Arts is hosting a symposium on May 1, 2010. On this occasion several distinguished scholars will present research relevant to her areas of interest. Dr. Thompson will also deliver a lecture. As part of the day's events, Design for Living will screen in 35mm at the UW Cinematheque.

9:00 AM — Welcome

9:15 AM — Charlie Keil (University of Toronto)
Narration and Authorship in the Transitional Text: Griffith, Thanhouser, and Typicality

10:45 AM — Yuri Tsivian (University of Chicago)
Chaplin and the Russian Avant-Garde: The Law of Fortuity in Art

1:15 PM — Janet Staiger (University of Texas at Austin)
Nuking the Fridge: Great Expectations and Affective Reception

2:30 PM — Henry Jenkins (Annenberg Center, University of Southern California)
Boulevard of Broken Dreams: Constructing Alternative Media Histories through Kim Deitch’s Graphic Novels

4:00 PM — Kristin Thompson
How I Spend My Winter Vacations: The Amarna Statuary Project and Techniques of Visual Analysis

7:30 PM — UW Cinematheque
Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch, 1934)

All symposium events are free and open to the public.