20 year anniversary

We’re celebrating! Twenty years ago this fall, the Film Studies Center threaded up its first reel, dimmed the lights, and screened its first film in Cobb 307. Thousands of films and videos later, we are celebrating our 20th anniversary with a new home in the Logan Center for the Arts, a new environmentally sound film vault for the ever-expanding collection, and a renewed enthusiasm for cinema and media studies in an era of expanding technologies.

Under the direction of founder Miriam Hansen, and with the blessing of inaugural keynote speaker Susan Sontag and the enthusiastic support of numerous faculty and staff, the FSC has grown tremendously over the years. From a small center outfitted with 16mm projectors and VHS decks, the FSC has become a thriving facility with daily class screenings and regular public events utlizing state-of-the-art digital and film projection.

“The FSC has certainly played a huge role in my life - I took the first seminar taught in the auditorium back in 1992 with Miriam [Hansen], and needless to say I am still following the marching orders she gave us that fall,” recalls Jacqueline Stewart, PhD '99, associate professor, Radio/TV/Film and African American Studies at Northwestern University.

We invite our friends, colleagues and supporters to join us on Friday, November 2 to toast our first two decades and ring in the next with cake, champagne and a screening of the newly restored 35mm print of The Gang’s All Here.