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S.F. Bay Area Study Away Program Faculty


Roula Seikaly received MA in Curatorial Practice from California College of the Arts, and her BA in Art History and Museum Studies from Oberlin College. Roula’s professional activities include critical writing for outlets including KQED, SF Arts Quarterly, Art Practical, SF Camerawork Journal and Moholy Ground Projects. As a curator, she works primarily with emerging photographers and new media artists to realize their first books and exhibitions. She has curated exhibitions at the Allen Memorial Art Museum, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, CCA Wattis Center for Contemporary Arts, and will debut a collaborative exhibition addressing the history of alternative arts institutions in the Bay Area in 2015.

Roula has advised students at the University of Arizona and California College of the Arts, and thoroughly enjoys helping students identify creative challenges, and meeting their academic and personal goals.  Roula spent her junior year of college at Oxford University as a study abroad student. Her coursework included English art history (18th-20th centuries), English history and literature, and critical theory. She is a strong advocate of students spending time away from their home institution in order to experience the world from varied perspectives.

KeirPhotoKeir Politz was born and raised in working class neighborhood in Philadelphia. He studied English Literature and Italian at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and spent his junior year abroad at the University of Florence in Italy. He worked for high tech and environmental start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area and was a grassroots Community
Organizer in the Midwest. He spent more than the past decade working in an academic environment. While completing his MFA in screenwriting and directing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, he also studied film history and theory, ran the post-production facilities, taught editing classes, and oversaw the design and construction of the film school’s first HD editing lab. Keir’s thesis short was one of six U.S. films to be selected for international competition at the 2008 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in France, and was featured in their 2014 American Short Films retrospective alongside the work of Bill Morrison, Jem Cohen, and Spike Jones.

Since 2008, Keir has taught introductory and advanced screenwriting at the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, the University of the Arts, and has recently returned to Temple to teach screenwriting, production, and theory . His debut feature film, “Detonator,” screened at Cinequest, the Brooklyn Film Festival, the Philadelphia Film Festival, and Indie Memphis, among others; was short-listed for an Independent Spirit Award; was well reviewed by Varietythe Village Voicethe Wall Street JournalFilm Threat (4.5 stars) and Filmmaker Magazine; and recently had its European Premiere at the 59th annual Cork Film Festival. Keir is currently developing his second feature film, “All the Beautiful People We Once Knew,” set for production in early 2016.


Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz is an Iranian American documentary filmmaker and educator. Creatively, Aggie’s interests are in media literacy, feminist filmmaking, and innovative approaches to the relationship between form and content. In 2008, Aggie was awarded a University Fellowship to pursue her M.F.A. degree in Film and Media Arts at Temple University. During this time, Aggie was part of a small team of filmmakers who envisioned and implemented a series of webisodes profiling Philadelphia’s world-class restaurateurs. This initiative, Love Philly Food, was awarded Comcast’s first-ever Launch Community Voice Grant. In 2013, Aggie’s film Inheritance (2012) — a lyrical contemplation of the intersections between political and domestic traumas — earned the Loni Ding Award for Social Issue Documentary at CAAMFest and was selected for streaming on Fandor. Recently, Aggie was one of 7 global filmmakers commissioned by Iran Heritage Foundation to make a film reflecting on the sociopolitical significance of the Cylinder of Cyrus the Great. She is currently developing projects on migration, border struggles, and global gender politics. Aggie also holds a Master’s degree in Multicultural Literature and Women’s Studies from the University of Georgia, where she served as researcher and writer for the Emmy Award-winning project, The Civil Rights Digital Library Initiative.


SF Bay Area Study Away Founding Director Peter d’Agostino is Professor of Film and Media Arts, Center for the Arts at Temple University. His pioneering photography, video and new media projects have been exhibited internationally in the form of installations, performances, telecommunication events and broadcast productions. Major exhibitions of his work include: Whitney Biennial, New York; Sao Paulo Bienal, Brazil, and Kwangju Biennial, Korea. His works are in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Kunsthaus, Zurich, Foundation La Caixa, Barcelona, Spain, and is distributed by Electronic Arts Intermix, NY.

Professor d’Agostino has been affiliated with numerous S.F. Bay Area and California organizations from the 1970s to the present. His work has been featured in the following related exhibitions. State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970, co-organized by the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum / Pacific Film Archive and as a nationally touring exhibition organized by Independent Curators International (ICI) in 2011-14; Under the Big Black Sun: California Art, 1974-81, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, 2011-12; California Video, The Getty Center, Los Angeles, 2008; and, Space-Time-Sound: Conceptual Art in the San
Francisco Bay Area- the 1970s
, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art,

D’Agostino is a three-time Fulbright Scholar (Brazil, 1996; Australia, 2003; Italy, 2006). He is the recipient of a Leonardo Art & Climate Change project award 2010, and has been awarded grants and fellowships from:
the National Endowment for the Arts, Japan Foundation, Onassis Foundation, Pew Trusts, and the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was an artist-in-residence at the TV Lab / WNET, New York, the Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada, and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center in Italy, as well as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois, and the Art / Sci Center, University of California, Los Angeles.

His books include: Transmission: toward a post-television cultureThe Un/Necessary Image, and TeleGuide-including a Proposal for QUBE.
He is also a contributor to Illuminating Video, and Theories and Documents
of Contemporary Art
. Recent publications featuring his work include:
Art & Electronic Media, Video Art, New Media in Art, and Digital Art.

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Nora_AlterNora M. Alter received her PhD in comparative literature from the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Alter is author of Vietnam Protest Theatre:       The Television War on Stage (Indiana University Press), Projecting History: Non-Fiction German Film (University of Michigan Press) and Chris Marker (University of Illinois Press) and co-editor with Lutz Koepnick of Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of Modern German Culture (Berghahn Books). She has published more than fifty essays on a broad range of topics including film and media studies, German and European studies, cultural and visual studies and contemporary art.

Professor Alter has been awarded year-long research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Howard Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 2005, she was awarded the DAAD Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in German and European Studies. From 2008 to 2010 she was elected president of the Coalition of Women in German. She currently serves on the editorial board of The German Quarterly. She is completing a new book on the international essay film and has begun research on a new study devoted to sound. Her teaching and research have been focused on cultural and visual studies of the twentieth century and twenty-first century from a comparative perspective. Learn more about Professor Alter’s publications at her website.


SF_ACAlison Crouse received her MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, and her BFA in Photography from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Alison’s creative work aims to personalize the experiences of abstract struggle. Her current documentary production, My Cells are Red Bananas, follows eight-year-old Sakaiyah and her battle with sickle cell anemia. The film seeks to promote discussion, to raise awareness about the life-threatening disease, and to implement fun and creative strategies in an effort to educate youth and their families.

Having traveled extensively for school, work, and pleasure, Alison is motivated by the power of artistic and cultural exchanges. She is passionate about the potential for study away programs to expand the educational possibilities of students through intellectual engagement embedded within experiential opportunities.


Alison Crouse
Study Away Program
Film & Media Arts Department
Annenberg Hall, Room 14 F (Lower Level)
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122

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