Upcoming Events - Winter 2021

Documentary Screening + Discussion: 'Bias Out of the Box - Unpacking Algorithms of Power'

  • Friday February 26, 2021 - 6:30pm
  • Conversation with director Shalini Kantayya

What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs our liberties? And what are the consequences for the people AI is biasedagainst? The event is an opportunity to engage with the urgent themes covered in the award winning documentary Coded Bias. Please register in advanced


Film Screening + Q&A: 'Stray'

  • Thursday March 11, 2021 - 7:00pm 
  • Participants - Elizabeth Lo (filmmaker), Sasha Crawford-Holland (CMS PhD student)

Through the eyes of three stray dogs wandering the streets of Istanbul, Elizabeth Lo's documentary Stray explores what it means to live as a being without status or security. More information about this event can be found on the Film Studies Center event page. 

How to watch: Register for the screening here. A few days before the event, you will receive a link to the screening. After the film, the Q&A will take place on our Twitch channel,


Highlighted Events from AY21 and AY20

"Full Zoom: Doc Productions 2020 Screening" - four short documentaries highlight the creative work made by University of Chicago students. Produced during Prof. Judy Hoffman’s Documentary Production classes in AY2020, these films provide an enlightening and entertaining panorama of life in Chicago (October 2020)

Mihaela Mihailova, Michigan State University "Computer Generated Ideology: The Neoliberal Multi-Verse of Contemporary US Studio Animation" Hannah Frank Memorial Lecture (February 2020) 

Recent FSC Graduate Student Curatorials -  


Annual CMS Graduate Student Conference

The 2021 CMS Graduate Student Conference "Site/Seeing" is being organized by Jenisha Borah, Maggie Sivit, and Ashley Truehart. This conference had been delayed from 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Previous Conferences and Organizers: