FALL 2002

The Centre for Media and Culture in Education and the Department of Sociology and Equity Studies at OISE/UT is offering a one semester course of study with Scholar/Artist in Residence Professor DeeDee Halleck.

This course will consider examples of media creation and regulation that provide alternatives to the constraints of dominant media. It will review the history of the NFB project, Challenge for Change as well as the development of public access cable in the United States. The class will review examples of community programming, early video art collectives, youth-made media and international experiments using the web and streaming media. The class will assess a variety of manifestos, plans for media reform, and a variety of utopian projects.

Course meetings will begin on Oct. 17th continuing on Oct. 24th, Oct. 31st, Nov. 4th, Nov. 7th, Nov. 11th, Nov. 14th, Nov. 18th, Nov. 21st, Nov. 25th, Nov. 28th, Dec. 2nd and Dec. 9th, 2002.

Professor Halleck will be in residence for the month of November. A brief synopsis of her outstanding work in community media given here.

For more information contact:
Professor Roger Simon
Faculty Director, Centre for Media and Culture in Education, OISE/UT



Professor Halleck is a media activist and co-founder of Paper Tiger Television and the Deep Dish Satellite Network, the first grass roots community television network. She is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communications at the University of California at San Diego. Her first film, Children Make Movies (1961), was about a film-making project at the Lillian Wald Settlement in Lower Manhattan. Her film, Mural on Our Street, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1965. She has led media workshops with elementary school children, reform school youth and migrant farmers. In 1976 she was co-director of the Child-Made Film Symposium, which was a fifteen year assessment of media by youth throughout the world.

As President of the Association of Independent Video and Film Makers in the seventies, she led a media reform campaign in Washington, testifying twice before the House Sub-Committee on Telecommunication. She has served as a trustee of the American Film Institute, Women Make Movies and the Instructional Telecommunications Foundation. She has authored numerous articles in Film Library Quarterly, Film Culture, High Performance, The Independent, Leonardo, Afterimage and other media journals. Her book, Hand Held Visions: the Impossible Possibilities of Community Media is published by Fordham University Press 2001. [For the introduction of Halleck's book see:; for Halleck on "Why We Need Community Media" see http://www.mediachannel.org/views/oped /deedee.shtml]; for the Deep Dish Satellite TV page, see http://deepdish.igc.org; for Paper Tiger Television, see http://www.papertiger.org.

In 1989 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for an ecological series for the Deep Dish Network. She received two Rockefeller Media Fellowships for The Gringo in Mananaland, a feature film about stereotypes of Latin Americans in U. S. films, which was featured at the Venice Film Festival, the London Film Festival, won a special jury prize at the Trieste Festival for Latin American Film, and first prize from the American Anthropological Association's Visual Anthropology Division.

She has organized installations at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Triennial of Photography, the Wexner Center, the Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute, and the Berkeley Art Museum. She coordinated a twelve part series on the prison industrial complex in the United States entitled Bars and Stripes.

For over 40 years, Halleck has been at the forefront of the movement for democratic use of communication technology and the establishment of community based media.