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 and Chair of Communication, Chair of Cinema Studies, Chair of Journalism

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

  • Cynthia T. Hahn
    Professor of French, Chair of Modern Languages and Literatures

    Areas of Study:   French language; Francophone literature of Quebec, 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 and Chair of Philosophy, Chair of Self-Designed Major

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

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

    Areas of Study:  modern European history

  • Linda Horwitz
    Associate Professor of Communication, Chair of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

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

  • Richard Fisher
    Associate Professor of German, Chair of Classical Studies

    Areas of Study:  Goethezeit, modern German literature, literary genres, epic literature, comparative studies

  • Gizella Meneses
    Associate Professor of Spanish

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

  • Catherine Benton
    Associate Professor and Chair of Religion

    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