by Alexandra Erath, A16
Film and media studies, long popular subjects among Tufts students,
will become a recognized major and minor on campus beginning this
fall. The dynamic
Film and Media Studies (FMS) program introduces
new courses and will be integrated into existing curricula. Years in
the making, the FMS program was created in response to continual
interest from both current and prospective students in such a major.
The FMS program gained momentum when a group of alumni endowed a chair in honor of retiring Alice and Nathan Gantcher University Professor Sol Gittleman, says Howard Woolf, filmmaker and Director of the Experimental College. The Sol Gittleman Professorship honors the beloved German and Judaic Studies professor and former Tufts provost who taught his last class in spring 2015. The endowment provided the opportunity to bring in a new faculty member to head the FMS program and around whom the program could be built.