Meredith Ward named director of Film and Media Studies

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Meredith Ward

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Meredith Ward, a senior lecturer at Johns Hopkins since 2008, is the new director of the Program in Film and Media Studies. Ward is a film and media historian and theorist with a specialty in sound media. She received her doctoral degree from the Screen Cultures Program at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on cultural history as it relates to film and media historiography. Ward's book, The Static in the System, published by the University of California Press, will be released later this year.

Ward has been deeply involved in the work of her film students. She is the founder of Studio North, the university's student-run film production company that funds prestigious student projects; creative director of the Studio North/Saul Zaentz Television Writers Room; and the director of the Johns Hopkins Film Contest and Festival for high school students. She is the faculty adviser to the Johns Hopkins Film Society and advises on the annual film festival. Ward has also served as an academic adviser to many students as well as faculty adviser to some of Johns Hopkins' Woodrow Wilson fellows, PURA grant recipients, Arts Innovation Grant winners, and students completing capstone projects.

Linda DeLibero, who has led Film and Media Studies for the past 17 years, will continue to teach as a senior faculty member, complete a book project, and serve as special advocate for alumni and outreach. DeLibero directed the program during an impressive period of growth and was a key player in the creation of the JHU-MICA Film Centre building, which opened in 2016. The 22,000-square-foot facility is home to Johns Hopkins' film and media programs and to MICA's film programs. DeLibero has also been a co-director of the Film Centre, along with a faculty member from MICA.

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