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COFAC Colloquium — April 4, 2008 — CFA 2032

Lisa Sergio: Fascist mistress or totalitarian refugee?
Comparing FBI file to autobiography

Lisa SergioStacy Spaulding, Assistant Professor, Department of Mass Communication and Communication Studies

Did Italian propaganda broadcaster Lisa Sergio, who claimed to have been Europe’s first female radio announcer, flee Italy in 1937 because she became an anti-fascist (as she claimed) or because she boasted too much about affairs with high fascist officials (as her FBI file asserted)? This paper examined both Sergio’s own writings and her 300-page FBI file to determine which story is true. But troubling aspects of the autobiographies (such as dramatic narrative arcs and factual inconsistencies) surfaced that suggest factual analysis alone cannot fully explain the autobiography. This study concluded by using theory to understand these writings—a performance of Sergio’s Italian experience for a U.S. audiences—as an act of identity, gender and culture concealing a hidden subtext of historical agency.

Paper accepted for publication by Journalism History for October, 2008.


An Ongoing Investigation with Digital Drawing

Stuart Stein, Associate Professor, Department of Art + Design, Art History

This presentation outlines research conducted from July 2006 to February 2008. The research expanded from a narrow focus on internet-based animation to frame-by-frame animation and eventually included digital “drawing” in a non-temporal context. The primary goal in the initial stage is finding a simplistic method for transforming video content to a generalized state of line and color. The second stage involved exploration of digital animation tools to create “motion drawings”. Rotoscoping was used as a point of departure to build a series of drawings that employed motion. The goal of the motion drawing is not building a narrative structure but rather to bring the pure formal aspects of drawing into greater focus. The next stage focused on integration of a variety of imagery to develop a continuity of form. This work utilized digital mark-making techniques to integrate imagery in a non-temporal as well as temporal context.


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• COFAC faculty and professional staff members submit your proposal for the next COFAC Colloquium. The deadline is Jan. 22 2010.



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