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Friedman Helps Get Spielberg into Focus

On Nov. 20 and 21, Professor and Chair of Media and Society Lester Friedman joined fellow Steven Spielberg scholars from all over the world to celebrate the renowned filmmaker at a conference titled “Spielberg at Sixty at the University of Lincoln in London, England. Friedman, author of the recent release “Citizen Spielberg, was one of three co-conveners at the conference who had recently published acclaimed books on Spielberg. Keynote as well as panel speakers attended the conference from colleges and universities ranging from Brooklyn to Belfast.

“As someone who teaches a variety of approaches to the media, I am interested in how the mass production of images both reflects and refracts American culture, says Friedman, a member of the faculty since 2005.

Currently, his scholarly interests include American cinema from the Post World War II era to the Present, British cinema, American-Jewish Images in the Media, Medical Culture and British Media in the Thatcher Era. In addition to “Citizen Spielberg, Friedman’s recent books include “Fires Were Started, “American Cinema of the 1970s and “Cultural Studies: Medicine and Media.