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Keynote Speakers

Dr. Tino Balio, University of Wisconsin-Madison, emeritus
"A Child of the 60s: The Founding and Early Years of the Wisconsin Center for Theater Research"

Tino Balio not only directed the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research from 1966 to 1982, but led the field of film industry studies for over 40 years. His numerous publications include United Artists: The Company Built by the Star (1919-1950); United Artists: The Company That Changed the Film Industry (1951-1978); Grand Design: Hollywood as a Modern Business Enterprise, and a forthcoming book on the U.S. art film market, 1946-1973. He is also the editor of two highly influential collections:  The American Film Industry and Hollywood in the Age of Television.

Dr. Matthew Bernstein, Emory University
"From Fiction to Fact, and Points In Between: Research Adventures in the Wisconsin Archives"

Matthew Bernstein is Professor, Chair, and Director of Graduate Studies of the Department of Film Studies at Emory University. He received his Ph.D. in film from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987. His first book, Walter Wanger: Hollywood Independent, drew on Madison's archival collections. Later books include Visions of the East: Orientalism in Film, Controlling Hollywood: Censorship and Regulation in the Studio Era, and John Ford Made Westerns: Filming the Legend in the Sound Era. His most recent book, Screening a Lynching: The Leo Frank Case on Film and Television, was named Choice's Outstanding Academic Title of 2009.

Dr. Kate Lacey, University of Sussex, UK
"Paradoxes and Paradigms: Broadcasting and its Publics in the 1930s"

Kate Lacey is Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex, as well as the Head of Media in the School of Media, Film, and Music. She is the author of Feminine Frequencies: Gender, German Radio and the Public Sphere 1923-1945 and the forthcoming Listening Publics: The Politics and Experience of Mediated Sound. She is Associate Editor of The Radio Journal: International Studies in Broadcast and Audio Media. Her current research focuses on listening in the modern mediated public sphere, asking how listening has changed in relation to successive sound media and how the act of mediated listening figures in modern public life.

Dr. Marc Vernet, Université de Paris VII – Diderot
"The Imaginary Signifier and the Opacity of Film Archives: from Theory to History"

Marc Vernet for many years held the post of Director of the Bibliothèque du Film, the leading film library in France. He served on the faculty of the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III, in the Etudes Cinématographiques et Audiovisuelles department and now teaches at the Université de Paris VII – Diderot.  His books include Estétique du film, Photos de cinéma: autour de la nouvelle vague and Figures de l'absence.

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Contact Information

Professor Vance Kepley
Department of Communication Arts
Director & On, Archives! Organizer
Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Heather Heckman
Interim Director
Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Research

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