We are a team of graduate students in International Affairs at The New School, concentrating in Media and Culture, and studying the ways in which media can evoke compassion, empathy, and taking action, specifically focusing on the current refugee crisis in Europe.
Laura's background is in photography and art history and has always created work that was politically or socially focused. She taught English in Shanghai after undergrad and then started working at MoMA PS1 before landing as the Project director at the School of Visual Art's Computer Art, Computer Animation and VFX department. She is also a graduate student in International Affairs at the New School. While at the New School, she developed a project on New Tech in rural communities funded by the New Challenge grant for social innovation, organized film screenings in refugee camps in Greece and created Viewpoints 360, take a look around this site to learn more ;)
Nathan's undergrad was in Media Communication and History and as his career headed in a more technical Audio-Visual direction a few years ago, he decided to return to social impact media and intercultural communication by pursuing graduate school. This was also an effort to bring together his diverse interests intellectually and artistically. He was particularly drawn to the SGPIA program, which allowed for interdisciplinary studies and international practice. One of the highlights of his time at TNS was completing the IFP 2016 program, with a documentary film project in Buenos Aires.
Chelsea has a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University and had plans for a career in diplomacy, but life had other ideas! She landed at Bard College where she planned events and organized the graduate conducting program. She was always drawn to New York City, so she made the move a few years ago to manage a design and architecture studio. The GPIA program at The New School has allowed her to continue to build on her foundation of international studies, while encouraging her creative side. She will pursue a career in international news and documentary film production upon graduation.
Bianca's studies have focused primarily on forced migration and islamophobia in media. Last year, she co-founded the web series, Our Turn, which is dedicated towards promoting youth activism. Understanding the intersection of human rights and media was the principal reason why she chose to study in the Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs. She is passionate about using media as a platform for social justice and SGPIA has provided a multitude of opportunities, including our practicum film, to explore this intersection.