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Guide to the New School School of Media Studies records, 1970-2013

Collection Overview

Repository

New School Collections

Collection Identifier

NS.02.05.01

Creator

New School (New York, N.Y.). School of Media Studies.

Title

New School School of Media Studies records, 1970-2013, (Bulk, 1990-2008)

Extent

5.8 linear ft: 6 boxes

Summary

The School of Media Studies began as the Center for Understanding Media. Accredited through Antioch College, the program offered courses through the New School for Social Research. The New School formally absorbed Media Studies in 1975, after a four-year partnership. These records consist of curricula vitae, office files, reports, syllabi, posters and other printed publicity materials, as well as a few objects used for orientations and promotional purposes.

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], School of Media Studies records, NS.02.05.01, box __, folder __, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

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Historical Note

The School of Media Studies at The New School began as the Center for Understanding Media, one of the first programs of its kind in the United States. Founded by John Culkin in 1969 as a New York City-based satellite of Ohio’s Antioch College, the Center’s mission as stated in a 1971 brochure was:

The Center specializes in projects involving young people and the new media. It works to develop critical and active consumers for the various forms of communication and to integrate teaching about the new media with teaching about literature and the traditional arts . . . [The Center] specializes in training teachers to serve the needs of this new media studies curriculum.

Culkin served as the original executive director of the Center with Robert Geller as director of education and Lawrence ("Kit") Laybourne as director of research. The Center received its accreditation through Antioch College's Graduate School of Education and granted graduate-level credits.

During a four-year partnership between the Center and the New School for Social Research, under the leadership of Dean Allen Austill, the Center was allocated classrooms at the New School in return for opening up its classes to New School students. Teacher training in media studies was the focus of the Center's classes at the New School. It was during this affiliation that the Center hired several key staff, including Laybourne and Peter L. Haratonik, both former schoolteachers. Laybourne taught the theory course Foundations in Media Design, as well as practical courses in animation technique. Haratonik began as education program coordinator and instructor of the Seminar in Media Theory. When Haratonik started at the Center, he was still studying with educator and media theorist Neil Postman in the Media Ecology program at New York University, another early media studies program. He received a doctorate in Culture and Communication from that program.

The Center for Understanding Media officially became part of the New School for Social Research in 1975, which launched a Master of Arts in Media Studies in 1978. Sometime after 2007, the department was reclassified as the School of Media Studies, situated in the division that, as of 2016, is known as the Schools of Public Engagement (for many years the division was referred to as the Adult Division). Haratonik succeeded Culkin as director in 1979 and served in this capacity until 1992. Departmental leadership since 1992 includes Linda Dunne and Elizabeth Wurtzel (acting co-chairs), Carole Wilder, Barry Salmon, and, as of 2014, Anne Balsamo.

As of 2016, the department sponsors several annual events. It began sponsoring an invitational film show of judged student work in 1979. In 2003, this was renamed the Dorothy H. Hirshon Film Festival after a specific bequest from her foundation. In 2010, the name of the annual show was changed to Fine Cuts. In 1996, the department launched the annual Mixed Messages Video Show. Media Studies' annual conference, Critical Themes in Media Studies, began in 2000. Throughout the department’s history, it has sponsored several recurring lecture series, including the Gregory Bateson Lecture, begun in 1995, and the Marshall McLuhan Lecture, begun in the 1990s. These series have brought guests such as Helen M. Caldicott, Atom Egoyan, and Sherry Turkle to The New School.

The Media Studies program issues a Master of Arts degree and a Master of Science degree, as well as undergraduate and graduate certificates in screenwriting, film production, media management, and documentary media studies. The program continues to offer instruction that encompasses the study of media theory and practice, specializing in media analysis and production across all formats, including film, television, sound production and design, and web-based media.

This historical note was compiled from information present in the record group, in addition to Media Studies course catalogs, oral histories, John Culkin's obituary in the New York Times, and the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC) blog (http://www.hastac.org/blogs/nancyholliman/2012/06/13/meet-anne-balsamo-hastac-exec-board-member-professor-all-around-great).

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Scope and Content of Collection

These records consist of general office files from the School of Media Studies. They are not the records of a particular administrator or faculty member and document the activitities of various functional areas of Media Studies, including student recruitment and selection, event promotion, and faculty affairs.The bulk of the files date from the mid-1990s to approximately 2008. There is little documentation representing the first two decades of the program, apart from print advertising materials and two typescripts that may have been added to the files long after their creation (Kit Laybourne's "A Definition for Media Studies," 1972 and John Culkin's, "The New Literacy," 1977). With the exception of two DVDs, the records do not contain any digital files.

Archives staff have organized the records into four series based upon the administrative functions represented by the files: Subject files, Promotion, Syllabi, and Curricula vitae.

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Organization and Arrangement

Organized in 4 series, arranged alphabetically:

  1. Curricula vitae
  2. Promotion
  3. Subject files
  4. Syllabi

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

New School Collections - 2016 May 13

66 Fifth Avenue
lobby
New York, NY, 10011
212.229.5942
archivist@newschool.edu

Preferred Citation note

[Identification of item], [date (if known)], School of Media Studies records, NS.02.05.01, box __, folder __, The New School Archives and Special Collections, The New School, New York, New York.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use, although a small number of files have been restricted for reasons of student and employee privacy. Files containing student records are restricted for 120 years after person's known or estimated birth. Files with faculty or other personnel salary, performance reviews, and hiring information are restricted for 50 years from creation date of item (or last creation date in file). Restricted files are identified below in the Collection Inventory. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for appointment, or to inquire about access restrictions and policies.

Use Restrictions

To publish images of material from this collection, permission must be obtained in writing from the New School Archives and Special Collections. Please contact: archivist@newschool.edu.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the School of Media Studies to the New School Archives and Special Collections, 2013.

Posters from 2014 collected by librarian Carmen Hendershott and added to record group, 2015.

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Processing Information note

Folders are primarily those used by the School of Media Studies and have not been replaced during processing. Folder titles have been taken directly from original folders, though some have been modified for clarity. Electronic files have not yet been processed. Please contact archivist@newschool.edu for further details.

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Related Materials

The New School Archives and Special Collections holds two audio interviews with prominent figures in the School of Media Studies: Linda Dunne, an interim chair in the early 1990s, interviewed by student Gerard Hemmerle, and faculty member Deirdre Boyle, interviewed by librarian Carmen Hendershott. Two files in New School Adult Division Dean's Office records (NS.02.01.02) document administrative oversite of the program during its earliest years of affiliation with the New School for Social Research, including a transition period during which the New School gained greater oversight over the program. Files in the George Calderaro records (NS.03.01.03) include documentation of publicity efforts involving the School of Media Studies-sponsored events and initiatives in the 1990s. Finally, recordings of School of Media Studies-sponsored events will be found in the New School Audiovisual Collection (NS.07.02.01).

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Separated Materials

Media Studies course catalogs have been transferred to the New School Archives and Special Collection's Course catalog record group (NS.05.01.01).

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Keywords for Searching Related Subjects

Genre(s)

  • Pamphlets.
  • Photographs.
  • Postcards.
  • Posters.
  • Résumés (personnel records).
  • Syllabi.

Subject(s)

  • Mass media -- Study and teaching.
  • Universities and colleges -- Curricula.

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Other Finding Aids note

For selected item-level description and images from the School of Media Studies records, see The New School Archives Digital Collections at http://digitalarchives.library.newschool.edu/index.php/Detail/collections/NS020501.

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Curricula vitae 2005-2006 

Arranged alphabetically by instructor's last name and estimated to date from the mid-2000s, most likely Fall semester 2005 to Spring semester 2006.

Box Folder
Albarelli-Khrushcheva 
3 31
Kleiner-Pettman 
3 32
Pirone-Zagdansky 
3 33

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Series II. Promotion 1970-2013 

Link to selected images from this series.  

Arranged chronologically. Course catalogs maintained chronologically along with other promotional materials by the School of Media Studies were transferred to the New School course catalog collection (NS.05.01.01) during processing.

Box Folder

General and course promotion 1970-2010 

Box Folder
Center for Understanding Media brochures, circa 1970 
2 4
MA course poster, 1975 
2 5
Istanbul Study Abroad brochure, 1990 
2 6
Department of Communication course brochure (Spring), 1997 
2 7
Sexuality & Gender in Japanese Cinema (Summer) [flier], 1997 
2 8
Media Management Program brochure, 1997-1998 
2 9
Miscellaeneous Media Management information, 1997 
2 10
MA advertisement [includes proof], 1999-2000 
2 11
n_OSx-2 3
Announcements, probably early 2000s 
2 12
Miscellaneous stationary, probably early 2000s 
2 13
Summer Intensives [mailer], 2004 
2 14
Graduate Studies Program information DVD, 2004-2005 
2 15
Website [proof], before 2005 
n_OSx-2 5
Summer Intensives [postcard and mailer], 2005 
2 16
Program flier (Fall), 2005 
2 17
Documentary/Media Studies brochure, 2006 
2 18
Certificate brochure, 2006 
2 19
Summer Intensive Program information, 2006 
2 20
Catalog request mailer, 2007 
2 21
MA viewbook, 2010 
3 5

Event promotion 1992-2013 

Materials in files are typically postcards, fliers, posters, or printed programs advertising events sponsored in whole or in part by the School of Media Studies. Files do not contain correspondence or other event-planning documentation. A single date following the name of an event indicates the date(s) of the event and not the date the advertising materials were produced.

Box Folder
New School University 14th Invitational Film Show, 1992 Dec 14 
2 22
Gregory Bateson Lecture, 1995 Oct 20 
2 23
Media Studies events, 1996-2008 
2 24
Spring MA Video Show [proofs], 1996 May 3 
n_OSx-2 3
New School 18th Invitational Film Show, 1997 Apr 11 
2 25
Media Management Program open house, 1997 May 14 
2 26
Mixed Messages, 1997 May 15 
2 27
Media Management summer orientation packet, 1997-1998 
2 28
New School University 19th Invitational Film Show, 1998 Apr 24 
2 29
Remembering Dorothy Hirshon, 1908-1998 DVD, 1998 

Disk removed from folder for preservation purposes.

2 30
Mixed Messages, 1998 
2 31
New School University Fall Video Show, 1998-2000 
2 32
New School University 20th Invitational Film Show, 1999 Apr 23 
2 33
Mixed Messages, 1999 May 7 
2 34
Fall MA Video Show, 1999 
2 35
[Gregory] Bateson Lecture with Sherry Turkle, 1999 Nov 5 
2 36
New School University 21st Annual Invitational Film Show, 2000 Apr 21 
2 37
Critical Themes in Media Studies Conference, 2000 Apr 29 
2 38-40
Anniversary Alumni Event, 2000 May 5 
2 41
Spring MA Video Show, 2000 
2 42
Representations: Diversity Through Film and Video, 2000 Apr 30 
2 43
Mixed Messages, 2000 May 5 
2 44
Mixed Messages, 2000 May 24 
2 45
Audio Only, 2000 Dec 8 
2 46
New School University 22nd Invitational Film Show, 2001 Apr 27 
2 47
Mixed Messages, 2001 May 4 
2 48
Bill Greaves screening, probably 2001 Nov 11 
2 49
Reverend Billy Christmas Show, 2001 Dec 16 
2 50
Pug Breakfast, 2002 Feb 13 
2 51
Winter Film Show, 2002 Feb 22 
2 52
Marshall McLuhan Lecture with Alan Kay, 2002 Mar 14 
2 53
New School University 23rd Invitational Film Show, 2002 Apr 26 
2 54
4 (rolled posters)
Mixed Messages, 2002 May 3 
2 55
4 (rolled posters)
Third Annual Critical Themes in Media Studies Conference, 2002 Oct 12 
2 56
New York Communications Association Conference, 2002 Oct 25 
2 57
Brooklyn Academy of Music Vietnam Film Festival, 2002 Nov 1 
2 58
Blur: a biannual digital seminar, 2002 

Disk removed from folder for preservation purposes.

2 59
PIC DISCS 1 38
3 Wisemen postcard, probably 2003 
2 60
iMovieU screening, 2003 Jan 31 
2 61
MA Video Show, 2003 Feb 14 
2 62
Winter Film Show, 2003 Feb 28 
2 63
Media Design Show, 2003 Mar 7 
2 64
4 (rolled posters)
Marshall McLuhan Lecture with Atom Egoyan, 2003 Apr 4 
2 65
Dorothy Hirshon Film Show, 2003 Apr 30 
2 66
Mixed Messages, 2003 May 16 
2 67
Critical Themes in Media Studies, 2003 Oct 11 
2 68
MS Video Show, 2003 Oct 17 
2 69
MA Video Show, 2003 Nov 14 
2 70
MS Video Show, 2004 Feb 13 
2 71
Marshall McLuhan Lecture with Lewis Lapham, 2004 Feb 18 
2 72
Spring Film Show, 2004 Feb 27 
2 73
New York City Grassroots Conference, 2004 Feb 28 
2 74
The Short List International Short Film Showcase, Spring, 2004 
2 75
Digital Design Show, 2004 Mar 5 
2 76
Dorothy Hirshon Film Show, 2004 Apr 26 
2 77
Media Leadership Series, 2004 
2 78
Critical Themes in Media Studies, 2004 Oct 23 
2 79
MS Video Show, 2004 Oct 29 
2 80
Mixed Messages, 2004 Dec 10 
2 81
MA Video Show, 2005 Feb 18 
2 82
New York City Grassroots Media Conferences, 2005-2007 
2 83
Spring Film Show, 2005 Feb 25 
2 84
Dorothy Hirshon Film Festival, 2005 Apr 8 
2 85
Ghetto Film School, 2005 Dec 1 
2 86
Media Space Public Space seminar, 2005 Dec 13 
4 (rolled posters)
Mixed Messages, 2005 Dec 16 
2 87
Cinephilia [flier only], 2006 
4 (rolled posters)
Third Annual New York City Grassroots Conference, 2006 Feb 11 
2 88
Video Show, 2006 Feb 17 
2 89
4 (rolled posters)
Dorothy Hirshon Film Show, 2006 Apr 10 
2 90
4 (rolled posters)
Brian Massumi Residency, 2006 Apr 13 
2 91
Digital Design Show, 2006 Apr 21 
2 92
4 (rolled posters)
n_OSx-2 6
Critical Themes in Media Studies, 2006 Apr 22 
2 93
4 (rolled posters)
Channels: Emerging Media Publics, 2006 May 9 
2 94
4 (rolled posters)
Truth Be Told Student Documentary Film Festival, 2006 Jun 3-5 
2 95
Fall Video Show, 2006 Oct 6 
2 96
Fall Film Show, 2006 Nov 17 
2 97
Mixed Messages, 2006 Dec 8 
2 98
4 (rolled posters)
New School Invitational Student Film Festival [poster only], 2007 
4 (rolled posters)
Video Show [poster only], 2007 
4 (rolled posters)
Immediacy bookmarks, 2007 
2 99
Study the Global Village postcard, 2007 
2 100
Global Village information sign, probably 2007 
2 101
Global Village welcome folders, 2007 Jan 16 
2 102
Dorothy Hirshon Film Festival, 2007 Apr 5 
2 103
Critical Themes in Media Studies, 2007 Apr 21 
2 104
Recognition ceremony, 2007 May 17 
2 105
Disorientation, 2007 Sep 14 
2 106
Mixed Messages, 2007 Dec 7 
2 107
Film Show, 2008 Feb 22 
2 108
4 (rolled posters)
Faculty achievement reception, 2008 Mar 11 
2 109
Dorothy Hirshon Film Show, 2008 Apr 11 
2 110
Critical Themes in Media Studies, 2008 Apr 26 
2 111
n_OSx-2 6
Truth Be Told, 2008 May 27 
2 112
4 (rolled posters)
Fall Film Show, 2008 Nov 14 
2 113
4 (rolled posters)
Mixed Messages, 2008 Dec 5 
2 114
4
Critical Themes in Media Studies [poster only], 2009 
2 115
4 (rolled posters)
Film Show [poster only], 2009 
4 (rolled posters)
Truth Be Told [poster only], 2009 
4 (rolled posters)
Video Show, 2009 Feb 20 
4 (rolled posters)
Media Forum, 2009 Apr 30 and 2009 Oct 7 
3 1
Dorothy Hirshon Film Festival, 2009 Apr 17-May 1 
3 2
4 (rolled posters)
Mixed Messages, 2009 Dec 11 
3 3
Truth Be Told, 2010 
3 4
Mixed Messages, 2010 Dec 3-8 
3 6
Fine Cuts, 2010-2011 
3 7
Invitational Film Show/Dorothy Hirshon Film Festival, 2010-2012 
3 8
The 32nd Annual New School Invitational Film Show, 2011 Apr 1-8 
n_OSx-2 6
Fine Cuts, 2011 May 13 
n_OSx-2 6
Truth Be Told, 2011 May 24-26 
3 9
Mixed Messages, 2011 Dec 2-9 
3 10
n_OSx-2 6
Truth Be Told, 2012 
3 11
John Cage Centenary, 2012 Sep 7 
3 12
4 (rolled posters)
Mixed Messages, 2012 Dec 4-10 
3 13
Recognition ceremony, 2013 May 13 
3 14
Beasts of the Southern Wild screening, 2013 May 9 
3 15
Understanding Media Studies: "Urban Screens as Community Platforms," 2014 Oct 13 
n_OSx-2 6
Ruff Cuts, 2014 Oct 17 
n_OSx-2 6

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Series III. Subject files 1972-2008 

Box Folder
Advertising plan, 1994, 2000-2003 
1 1
Advisory Committee, 1999 Jun 8 
1 3
Advisory committees, guide to, undated 
1 2
Alumni Committee, 2002-2003 
1 5
Alumni profile, 2004-2006 
1 4
Annual report for 1995-1996, 1996 Jun 6 
1 6
Annual reports, 1996-1999 
1 7
Application, correspondence regarding Media Studies, 2007 Apr 16 
1 9
Application, Master of Arts of Media Studies, 1978 
1 8
Application activity report, 2006 
1 10
Application activity report, 2007 
1 11-12
BA concentrations, 1996, 2001-2002 
1 13
BA Film concentration, 1997-2000 
1 14
BA Film students, 2000 
1 15
BA Program, 2000-2001 
1 16
BA Programs, 2003, undated 
1 17
Banner for Media Studies Program, after 2004 

Bright orange synthetic fabric banner advertising the Media Studies program.

6
Banner [course management software] course numbers, 2000-2001 
1 18
Bateson Lectures, 1976, 1995-1996 

Contents of file document 1995 establishment of annual communications ecology lecture program in memory of anthropologist Gregory Bateson. Includes correspondence, photographs of Bateson and a clipping about Dr. Helen Caldicott, the first Bateson Lecturer.

1 19
Blank course approval forms, undated 
1 20
Briefs, probably 2003 

File consists of a series of short documents succinctly describing the Media Studies program, such as enrollment charts, lists of notable faculty, and summaries of goals.

1 21
Brown, Laurie, 2006 

Brown was an online course instructor. File contains ungraded student papers.

1 22
CIC (Computer Instruction Center) information on joint classes, 2000-2001 
1 23
Clarke, James, undated 

File is restricted because it contains graded student work. Please email archivist@newschool.edu for details.

5 1
Clipping from New School Observer, 1997 Jun 
1 24
Communications Fund, 1991 
1 25
Connect Ed handbook, 1986 
1 26
Course grid, 2002 
1 27
Course listings Fall 2004, 2004 
1 28
Course schedule for Fall 1986, 1986 
1 29
Culkin, John: "The New Literacy," 1977 Oct 
1 30
Demoz, Beth, 2006 May 15 

File is restricted because it contains graded student work. Please email archivist@newschool.edu for details.

5 2
DIAL (Distance Instruction for Adult Learning), 1997, 1999 
1 31
Diversity/multicultural classes, 2000 
1 32
Donau University information, probably 2000 
1 33
Dorothy Hirshon Film Festival, 2003-2006 
1 34
Enrollment growth memo, 1986 Mar 19 
1 36
Enrollment for Spring 1990-Spring 1996, 1996 
1 35
Enrollment trend report, 2004 
1 37
Faculty meeting, 2004 Oct 
1 38
Faculty meeting agenda, 2008 Sep 26 
1 39
Fees, instructor, 1994-2001 

File restricted because it contains faculty pay information. Please email archivist@newschool.edu for details.

5 3
Film independent study logs, 1996 
1 40
Film Production Center handbook, probably 1990s 
1 41
Global Media Studies proposal, 1998 
1 42
Global Media Studies proposal: Correspondence and notes, 1998-1999 
1 43
Independent production application, undated 
1 44
Independent Studies, 1996-1998 
1 45-49
International application supplement, 1995 
1 50
Internship evaluations, Summer, 2007 
1 51
Knapsack, after 2004 

Black synthetic drawstring knapsack with "The New School" in bright orange lettering. This was possibly distributed at an orientation event.

6
Laybourne, Kit: "A Definition for Media Studies," 1972 
1 52
McCleave, [Leslie?], probably mid-2000s 

File is restricted because it contains graded student work. Please email archivist@newschool.edu for details.

5 4
Media Studies photographs, 1996, probably late 1990s-early 2000s 
1 54
Media Studies photographs of students, 2006-2007 
1 55
Movie Maker interview with Annie Howell, 2006 
1 53
New student orientation, 2008 
1 56
Online MA proposals and reports, 1999 
1 57
Program course guide, Fall 1999 
1 58
Program review, 1995 Nov 27 

File restricted because it contains identified faculty evaluations. Please email archivist@newschool.edu for details.

5 5
Research Methods, 2002 
1 59
Screenwriting, 1995-2000 
2 1
Student guidebook, Spring 2002 
2 2
Student work, probably 2006 

File is restricted because it contains graded student work. Please email archivist@newschool.edu for details.

5 6
Statistics, 1997-2000 
2 3

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Series IV. Syllabi 2005-2006 

Organized into two categories by educational level. Within each level, syllabi are arranged numerically by course number. Although not all syllabi are dated, those that are cover the Fall 2005 through Spring 2006 terms.

Box Folder
Graduate courses, 2005-2006 
3 16-25
Undergraduate courses, 2005-2006 
3 26-30

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Collection Guide Last Updated: 02/28/2017

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