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Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance

This year and every year, Transgender Awareness Week goes from November 13th to November 19th and culminates with Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th. In 1999, transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith founded Transgender Day of Remembrance to honor the loss of a transgender woman named Rita Hester in 1998. Since then, November 20th has […]

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10th Annual Immigration Film Fest

Immigration Film Fest 2023

The 10th outing of the Annual Immigration Film Fest will be held through October 20-22. If you can’t make it to the theaters, you can watch some of the films online from the comfort of your home. The festival also features a reception where you can meet the creators, actors and the wonderful people whose stories […]

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We’re back!

Hello again from American University Library’s Media Services! This is the official relaunch of our very own media related blog. We’ll be posting news and information about our physical and streaming collections – over 100,000 titles available to AU faculty staff and students. New titles, subject spotlights and highlights from our streaming suppliers. Also news […]

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2021 Made in Hong Kong Festival

One of the great things about living in DC is that so many of our cultural institutions are free to the public. This includes some of the Smithsonian’s special events, like the annual Made in Hong Kong film festival hosted by the National Museum of Asian Art. The festival is virtual this year due to […]

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The Myth of Kanopy

We here at Media Services recently changed our Kanopy subscription. Before this semester, library users could watch any Kanopy film at any time, no questions asked. Though Kanopy looks (and markets itself) as the educational equivalent of Netflix or Amazon Prime, instead of paying a flat fee of x dollars/month, the library paid $150 per […]

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A Tribute to Stan Lee

American pop culture lost one of its patriarchs today. Stan Lee, born in 1922, revolutionized the comic book industry, helping it to evolve from a niche industry into cultural force.  Lee built an incredible, interconnected world at Marvel Comics, and I don’t know where I’d be personally if I hadn’t had Uncanny X-Men to get me […]

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Smithsonian African American Film Festival

One of the great things about living in DC is that we have this incredible city right at our fingertips. Case in point: the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture is hosting its first ever African American Film Festival. While you do have to pay to attend a film screening and a […]

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Hello There!

Hello, fellow film buffs! Allow me to introduce myself—my name is India, and I am… the new Tara. Tara bid Media Services adieu last month, and now I’m stepping into her role as the administrator and primary poster on this blog of ours. I’ll still be doing Random Movies on Mondays, commemorating my favorite film […]

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