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Faculty Pub Night: Gregory Ruzzin


Greg RuzzinStudents, staff, faculty, alumni, and any members of the public are all invited to the 2017-2018 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors (four per semester) are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community.

On November 14 at 5:30 p.m., the third Faculty Pub Night of the 2017-2018 season will feature Gregory Ruzzin, Associate Professor of Production at LMU’s School of Film and Television. Ruzzin will discuss his recent work, The Magic Chair Project. Ruzzin will be joined by the projects’ co-creators Victoria L. Graf and Becky Herr-Stephenson.

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About the Authors’ Work

The Magic Chair Project is an international transmedia storytelling project that empowers individuals with disabilities to tell their own stories and provides a place for those stories to be seen and heard. The project incorporates a feature length documentary film made with and about a ground-breaking Jesuit school for special needs children in Dublin, Ireland, an interactive website that provides both community and a showcase for stories of all kinds about living the life of other (written word, spoken word, video, photography, etc.), video games and VR experiences designed to build empathy, and pop-up storytelling events. It is a truly interdisciplinary project and a broad experiment in using storytelling to affect social change. Please visit the project website to learn more.

About the Authors

Gregory Ruzzin believes that telling stories (and listening carefully to them) is how we learn about ourselves, about other people, and about the world around us. Having an idea for a story and wanting to share it is a deeply human impulse and, as both a filmmaker and Associate Dean at Loyola Marymount University’s School of Film and Television, Ruzzin spends his time helping others share their stories with the world.

Vicki GrafVictoria L. Graf is a leading advocate for inclusive education with an international reputation for asking the hard questions and not shying away from the answers. As Professor of Education andformer Director of the Special Education Program at Loyola Marymount University, she has over 30 years for experience in the field of disability. She works with Catholic schools and traditional public and charter schools to be able to educate all studentsespecially those with learning challenges and disabilities. She is also the President of the California Association of Professors of Special Education.

Becky StephensonBecky Herr-Stephenson is The Magic Chair Project’s resident expert in all things transmedia. A researcher focused on digital media and learning, she works in the LMU School of Education in several capacities, including managing the online Journal of Catholic Education and teaching in the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership for Social Justice.

About Faculty Pub Night

All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public. Pub refreshments and snacks will be served courtesy of the William H. Hannon Library. For more information or ADA accommodations, please contact Ray Andrade, Programming Librarian, at (310) 258-4648 or randrade@lmu.edu.