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Rackham Graduate School pres.

Careers in Film and Media

Please join us for a moderated panel discussion about careers in film and media with professionals active in the field. Students will hear from Rackham humanities alumni and professionals working in the media and entertainment industries. Panelists will speak about their own career paths, discuss transferable skills, and share advice with graduate students, particularly those in humanities and social sciences. The panel will be followed immediately by a networking lunch with panelists.
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Panel, moderated by Rackham Associate Dean and Professor of History Rita Chin

Cassius Adair (Ph.D., English Language and Literature) is an audio producer, writer, and researcher. Currently, he is an associate producer on the nationally-distributed public radio show With Good Reason. In 2018, he was selected as a New Voices Scholar by the Association of Independents in Radio.
Scott Aversano (M.A., English Language and Literature) is a film and TV producer with two decades of industry experience. He is currently executive vice president (production) at 20th Century Fox. He has produced 13 feature films with Global Box Office of $1,500,000,000 and is principal owner of Aversano Films, a feature film company.
Emma Smithwick is a comedy and drama producer, as well as founder and managing director at Rockfleet Productions, a scripted comedy/drama production company. Prior to her current role, Smithwick worked at the BBC for six years, where she was involved with several shows as a script supervisor, writer, and ultimately series producer.

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Networking Lunch
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