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Cinema Studies


The very interdisciplinary study of cinema at Lake Forest College brings together faculty from a wide variety of disciplines:  chaired in the Department of Communication, its courses are taught by professors in that department as well in philosophy, modern languages, music, history, English, and art.

  • David Park
    Professor of Communication, Chair of Cinema Studies

    Areas of Study: mass communication theory; experts, intellectuals, and the media; the intellectual history of communication research; theoretical perspectives on new media

  • Gizella Meneses
    Professor of Spanish, Chair of Latin American Studies, Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures

    Areas of Study:  U.S. Latino/a literatures and cultures, testimonial literature, Latin American colonial studies, Latino and Latin American cultural studies and film

  • Cynthia T. Hahn
    Professor of French

    Areas of Study:   French language; Francophone literature of Québec, Africa, and Lebanon; French literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; translation; business French; French film

  • Donald Meyer
    Professor of Music

    Areas of Study:  music history, music theory, film music, electronic music, music composition.

  • Janet McCracken
    Professor of Philosophy, Chair of Self-Designed Major, Chair of Classical Studies, Chair of Social Justice Studies, Director of the Ethics Center

    Areas of Study:  aesthetics, history of philosophy, gender studies, film

  • Dan LeMahieu
    Hotchkiss Presidential Professor and Chair of History,
    Director of the Master of Liberal Studies Program

    Areas of Study:  modern European history

  • Richard Pettengill
    Associate Professor and Chair of Theater, Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Studies

    Areas of Study: dramaturgy, performance studies, renaissance drama, theater history

  • Daw-Nay N. R. Evans Jr.
    Associate Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies, Chair of Philosophy, Chair of African American Studies

    Areas of Study:  Africana philosophy, 19th- and 20th-Century European philosophy

  • Linda Horwitz
    Associate Professor of Communication

    Areas of Study:  feminist rhetoric, history of rhetoric, American public address

  • Chloe Johnston
    Associate Professor of Theater and Performance Studies

    Areas of Study:  performance studies, performance art 

  • Elizabeth Benacka
    Associate Professor of Communication, Chair of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

    Areas of Study:  rhetoric of humor, rhetorical theory and criticism, feminist rhetoric

  • Catherine Benton
    Associate Professor and Chair of Religion, Chair of Islamic World Studies

    Areas of Study: Asian religious traditions and story literatures (Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism), religious communities in India (Hindu and Muslim), cross-cultural communication, and film and religion

  • Ying Wu
    Assistant Professor of Chinese

    Areas of Study: sociolinguistics; Chinese linguistics; business Chinese; Chinese literature in translation and culture

  • Emir Cakaroz
    Lecturer in Communication

    Areas of Study: film and video production