Having completed an internship this summer with the Boston Jewish Film Festival, Joanna Vinick ’11 is now back at her alma mater as the new program assistant for student activities. In this role, she will work to supplement the calendar of events developed by student clubs and organizations. She has already been involved with creating a new Welcome Week for first-years and intends to plan more concerts and highlight celebrations of commemorative weeks and months.
“I am so excited to be starting my professional career at HWS – the school is full of student, faculty and staff who I admire and with whom I am excited to grow as a worker and a member of this campus,” says Vinick.
As the programming intern for the Boston Jewish Film Festival this summer, Vinick assisted the artistic director in screening films submitted to be a part of the festival and wrote screening notes that included her personal opinion of the film. She screened primarily for films that provided a fresh perspective and new ideas that, in some way, incorporated Jewish content.
The Film Festival was founded in 1989 by filmmaker Michal Goldman. Showing nearly 600 features, shorts, documentaries, and conversations with visiting artists throughout the years, the Boston Jewish Film Festival “explores Jewish identity, the current Jewish experience and the richness of Jewish culture in relation to a diverse modern world.”
“This internship utilized what I learned in both my major and minor and allowed me to keep learning about these fields. My major, media and society, prepared me well for this internship due to the curriculum requiring that I dive into all forms of media in an attempt to analyze and learn to form my own opinions,” says Vinick.
She spent her last semester studying abroad in London, where she had the opportunity to undergo an independent study focused on the “Jewish Identity in London.” This allowed her to become more aware of, and interested in, the films that are submitted from different countries about Jewish communities and identities.
Vinick graduated with a major in media and society and a minor in religious studies. She was the president of Campus Activities Board, a tour guide for admissions, and served as the William Smith representative for the committee on academic affairs and Hobart’s Greek week committee. She was also the co-facilitator and co-founder of the Boiling Point Series.