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Larry Kirkman

School: American University
Field of Teaching: Professor of Communication Studies, Dean Emeritus, School of Communication
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Major Achievements: Larry Kirkman is an Executive Producer of the Investigative Reporting Workshop and a Professor of Film and Media Arts in the School of Communication at American University. He teaches courses on social documentary and the history of cinematic arts for MA/MFA filmmakers. He is serving as lead faculty for experiential learning and teaches a Senior Professional Internship course. As dean of the School of Communication, 2001-2012, he directed and developed programs in Journalism, Film and Media Arts, Strategic Communication, Political Communication, Communication Studies, and International Media. He helped establish centers for innovation in public service media, including Investigative Reporting Workshop, Center for Media and Social Impact and Center for Environmental Filmmaking, and created programs with a wide-range of media partners, including The Washington Post, USA Today, NBC, Sony, and New America Media. His work in media for public knowledge and action has included public television documentaries and social advertising campaigns -- Connect for Kids with the Advertising Council, which received $300 million in donated media, and Union Yes for the AFL-CIO. He chaired, produced the American Film Institute's National Video Festival and Benton Foundation’s International Advocacy Video Conference, and co-edited a series of media guides, "Strategic Communications for Nonprofits." His interests include social issue documentaries with high impact audience engagement campaigns and hybrid media at the intersection of documentary and fiction.

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