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Libraries present undergraduate multimedia awards - Wed. April 16

April 8, 2014
Image from 'Project of Transformation'

Image from 'Project of Transformation'

Image from 'Home'

Image from 'Home'

The Rutgers University Libraries invite members of the Rutgers community and the general public to attend the 4th annual Celebrating Creativity event, at which the Libraries will present the 2014 Margery Somers Foster Undergraduate Multimedia Awards. The Celebrating Creativity event will be held on Wednesday April 16th, starting at 3:00 pm, in the Mabel Smith Douglass Library on the Douglass campus. A reception will follow the presentation of the awards to the 2014 recipients.

The undergraduate multimedia award acknowledges the creative use of university library collections in the production of a multimedia-based research project focused on women's or gender issues.

The Libraries are pleased to recognize the two co-winners of the award:

The project of transformation by Mariah Eppes'15
Journalism and Media Studies SC&I,
English, School of Arts and Sciences
Class: Institute of Women's Leadership
Semester: Spring 2014
Instructor: Sasha Taner
(project only available in DVD)
SUMMARY: In this short documentary, Cheryl Clarke, a former Dean of Students at Rutgers University and poet, discusses her upbringing in Washington, D.C. during the Civil Rights Movement, her passion for writing, and the role of feminism. Clarke is a black lesbian feminist whose poetry, editorial work, and career at Rutgers has had a significant impact on black, lesbian, and women’s communities.

Home by Jamie Deradorian-Delia'14
English, School of Arts & Sciences
Class: Web series Filmmaking/Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking
Semester: Fall 2013
Instructor: Patrick Stettner
SUMMARY: This short documentary/video art hybrid piece discusses the pressures that one woman feels to conform to the societal standards of beauty. It uses one character as a conduit to explore the issue of arbitrary definitions and labels that are put on her.

At the event the Libraries will also recognize four 'honorary mention' recipients;

Swat Valley Princess by Taban Khan'14
Public Health, School of Arts and Sciences
Class: Advanced Documentary Filmmaking
Semester: Fall 2013
Instructor: Dena Seidel
SUMMARY: This short documentary focuses on Zebu Jilani, who is giving back to her community in Swat Valley, Pakistan. Swat, originally considered the "Switzerland of Pakistan" has been controlled by Taliban militants in 2007 and suffered massive destruction by the earthquake in 2009. Zebu and her husband have found a non-profit organization to improve water quality, health care and reduce poverty of its women and children,

This is not an excuse by Carolina Fernandes '16
Visual Arts – Photography, Mason Gross
Class: Photography II
Semester: Fall 13/Spring 14
Instructor: Annie Hogan
SUMMARY: This online book project attempts to bring awareness to SlutWalk, a movement that protests the tendency to refer to women's clothing as a cause for unwanted sexual attention. She photographed college women in "party clothes,"asking the students to wear an outfit they would normally wear to a party. Putting this body of work in book form, stories of women who were raped or almost raped in college, specifically Rutgers, were added.

I'm not looking for coins, I'm looking for change by A-Nam Nguyen'16 and Dominique Turner'15
A-nam: Cell Biology And Neuroscience, School of Arts & Sciences
Dominique: Journalism And Media Studies, SC&I
Class: Rutgers Behind the Camera: Filmmaking Learning Community
Semester: Spring 2013
Instructor: Jill Campoiola-Veen
SUMMARY: This documentary film project portrays a homeless woman, Jill Tice, living in the city of New Brunswick. Jill talks about her childhood in Edison and her subsequent descent into poverty and homelessness due to drugs. Jill reminds viewers that doing small things, such as recognizing that homeless people are people will help to make a difference in the right direction. By debasing these individuals, however, both men and women become less than people with women suffering much more.

Grasping Fashion Freedom by Carley Chan'17
Business, Rutgers Business School
Class: Grasping American Freedom
Semester: Fall 2013
Instructor: Andrew Urban
SUMMARY: This blog explores the notion of American Freedom through her passion for fashion and consumerism to fulfill this passion. She comes to see through the research project that she has become a victim of societal expectations and norms placed on women. She hopes her blog serves as an intervention for young women to think more critically about their fashion and consumer choices.

For more information on the Celebrating Creativity event, or the undergraduate multimedia awards, please contact Kayo Denda - head of the Margery Somers Foster Center - at or by phone at 848-932-5023.