Spotlight Faculty Updates - Winter 2017

Joe Recupero has been invited to present his documentary on concussions in hockey, A Dark Room, at the Fraser Health Brain Injury Film Festival 2017 in the Vancouver area this month. He will also be presenting a workshop at the Sport and Society conference in London, England in July. The workshop is titled "A Dark Room: The Power of Documentary Film for Education Surrounding Sport and Mental Health Issues,"  which incorporates his documentary film on concussions in hockey.

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Dr. Laurie Petrou recently signed with HarperCollins Canada to publish her award-winning novel, Sister of Mine. The novel will be Dr. Petrou's second book, released in 2018, and won the international and inaugural Half the World Global Literati Award last summer. The book is an upmarket psychological thriller about two sisters with a secret that binds them together, while it threatens to tear them apart.

Dr. Petrou also spoke at TEDx Ryerson in February. The talk was on rejection and the positive role that it, and the people who deliver it, can play in the creative life. 

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Dr. Marusya Bociurkiw recently published “Big Affect: The Ephemeral Archive of Second Wave Feminist Media Collectives in Canada” in the prestigious Camera Obscura: Feminism Culture & Media Studies Journal. 

Dr. Bociurkiw also just finished teaching her first class of RTA521: a brand new, innovative course that mashes up social media and social justice. During the final week of classes, students from her class were seen around the RCC enacting various performances, installations and activities. One group created a diorama of the Kinder-Morgan pipeline, complete with oil spills, and a kind of reverse Settlers of Catan game. This was part of their final project, #StopKinderMorganBanned, one of 10 exciting cross-platform projects produced. Throughout the semester, students in this brand-new course also read scholarly articles about digital and new media theory, and engaged in complex discussions about the place of social media in relation to art and social justice. 

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Richard Grunberg gave a presentation on the democratization of digital tools and techniques across borders and communities at NAB with Nicholas Whitaker, Training and Development Manager from Google News Lab. 

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Laurel Walzak established a pilot project with Bell Media and DAIS referred to as “Talent Pool Feeder System”, pilot project working name, which provides RTA School of Media students a unique opportunity to network and pitch themselves to industry leaders. The pilot project was a success and Laurel, representing the RTA School of Media, in with partnership with Bell Media and DAIS, will roll out and launch a formal partnership open to all RTA School of Media students in the fall of 2017.  Laurel has also established a collaborative working relationship with the Ryerson Career Centre, co-facilitated by Tang Choy, Career Education Specialist, to help run soft-skills workshops on networking skills and personal branding for students. 

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John Girardo will lead a collaborative project between RTA Productions and the City of Toronto this summer. 3-4 videos will be created to document street art projects happening around Toronto over the next few months.