Two alums of the Colleges’ Media and Society program are using the skills they gained in their HWS classes as they enter graduate programs this fall. Gabrielle “Bree” von Bradsky ’16 is pursuing an MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts at Duke University while Carlos Robles ’19 is working toward a master’s degree in post-secondary administration and student affairs at the University of Southern California.
Von Bradsky enters Duke with wide-ranging experience as a director and videographer already on her resume, including her award-winning film, The Gobi Gallop. She hopes to increase her technical skills in videography and photography while at Duke and gain experience in writing grants to fund her projects. “I know this program will open a lot of doors for post-graduation opportunities,” she says.
“Bree’s coursework in her two majors – media and society and anthropology – as well as her extensive professional experience as an artist and educator place her in an ideal position to begin this focused experimental and documentary film program at Duke,” says Associate Professor of Media and Society Lisa Patti. “It is as if the program were designed especially for graduate students with her specific set of interests and experiences as a scholar and filmmaker.”
Robles, who also had a minor in psychology, will enter the Rossier School of Education at USC. “The program is designed to prepare students for a variety of professional roles in higher education administration and student affairs,” he says. “It also teaches us how to address inequities and effect change, ensure that student voices are heard and help students realize their full potential.”
Robles says it was important to him to choose a program that would allow him to bring about change within higher education. “The courses I took at HWS opened my eyes to the extent that social inequities affect our lives regardless of what area we studied as undergrad students,” he says.
Although his graduate work will not be directly related to media and society, Patti says, it draws on skills he learned in the classroom. “In his media and society classes he excelled as writer,” she says. “He consistently produced thoughtful analyses of every text and issue we examined. He is well-prepared to apply his skills as a critical thinker and writer to challenges in higher education.”
Robles and von Bradsky are not the only media and society graduates who are achieving milestones this year, says Patti. Xiaonan Geng ’19 was recently accepted into Johns Hopkins’ film and media master’s program; while Jiangtao “Harry” Gu ’13, who is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Visual and Culture Studies program at the University of Rochester, has returned to HWS this fall to teach an introductory course in social documentary.
“Teaching at HWS has been a great adjunct for my grad work,” says Gu. “This is especially true considering the support and mentorship I have been receiving from my department as well as the Center for Teaching and Learning. This level of attention to the career development of contingent faculty members is unparalleled in other institutions.”
Pictured above are: Jiangtao “Harry” Gu ’13, Gabrielle “Bree” von Bradsky ’16, Carlos Robles ’19 and Xiaonan Geng ’19.