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At LEAP, nearly 300 Mount Holyoke students present about their internships and research experiences. You will hear from future policy makers, activists, entrepeneurs, data scientists, teachers, researchers, and market analysts. Most will tell stories of unmitigated success and transformative learning. Others will share details of unexpected challenges they faced, and how they were required to shift and adapt in response. Students worked in 42 countries in every imaginable field. They will discuss important issues of social justice, relate how they met challenges of communication and expression in new contexts, and talk about how to find and succeed in summer internships.

LEAP is designed to give students who aspire to undertake internships and summer research the opportunity to learn from their peers. It is also for the whole Mount Holyoke community where family, friends, faculty, staff and our alumnae come together to celebrate the work and contributions of the presenters.

We are hugely impressed by students in College 211 and inspired by their individual success and collective learning. Their work in bringing the LEAP Symposium to fruition was exceptional. We thank the faculty, staff, alumnae, donors, and internship and research providers whose contributions have make this event possible.

LEAP presenters: Congratulations.
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Friday, October 20 • 1:30pm - 2:25pm
Culture, Creativity and Collaboration in Visual Media

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We as a generation are increasingly becoming a more visual culture and this panel is a prime example of how these trends are dispersed not only throughout cinema but throughout all forms of visual media. We have come together today to display several forms through which visual media has become incorporated into society, through non-profit arts organizations, museums, production agencies and student film programs. Join us as we take you on a journey through the deeply impactful and diverse world of visual media and watch as language, culture and history intersect with modern technology to produce accessible content for public consumption.

Through the mediums of film, photography and advertisement, five individuals take on international ground to explore international micro-cultures. From New York's African film hub to Bollywood, we take you on a journey of issues around freak show ethics, problems of distributing African films, issues surrounding the representation of low-income film producers, sexism within the Bollywood industry, and the utilization of all media forms in France’s fashion and art scene.


Robin Blaetz

Chair of Film Studies; Professor of Film Studies, Mount Holyoke College

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Amanda Gomez

Navigating the Freak Show, Five College Film Studies and Spanish Major
Since the ‘freak show’ rose to prominence in the late 16th century, cultures around the world have gathered to interpret the human oddities. Though entertaining, one aspect that has not changed are the ethics which surround these people. My goal this summer was to shed light on... Read More →
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Jasmine Keuter

Visual Media and Translation in France's Fashion and Art Scene, Five College Film Studies and Romance Languages Major
France’s fashion, photography, film and art scenes are rich, diverse and unique cultures of practices, trends and products. These sectors of France’s global reputation and economy have become much promoted through the use of visual advances in photography, film and translation... Read More →
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Shay Lahon

Youth FX Behind the Scenes: The True, Hidden Powers Behind Minority/Low-Income Film Producers, Biology Major
Over the summer, I interned at a non-profit organization called Youth FX, a hands-on program, based in Albany, New York, that empowers youth (ages 10-24) through the education of digital filmmaking (as well as various, other media productions). Youth FX, historically, strives to liberate... Read More →
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Kaatyaayani Pandey

My 'Filmy' Summer, Middle Eastern Studies Major
From wanting a career in diplomacy and politics as a first year at Mount Holyoke to working as a casting agent in the Hindi Film Industry as a rising senior, my journey as a student of the liberal arts has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. Now, confident in my convictions... Read More →

Celestelle Webster

Inclusion or Representation?, Five College Film Studies Major
Inclusion or Representation? This question comes up in conversation around film diversity. Here we will talk through the definition of these terms as they function in the film industry and will come to a conclusion on how inclusion and representation cannot exist as two separate entities... Read More →

Friday October 20, 2017 1:30pm - 2:25pm EDT
Clapp 206