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Avila VIS-COM professor teaches course in Hungary

April 1, 2011
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KANSAS CITY, Mo - -Nicole Esquibel, assistant professor in the School of Visual and Communications Arts at Avila University, recently returned from a trip to Pecs, Hungary, where she taught a course in video activism as a visiting professor and lecturer.

Esquibel taught the course to 15 Hungarian students. Video activism is a video movement that was created as a valuable platform for activists to bypass the dominant corporate media by recording and circulating news of their own events. Most videos are posted on the Internet or are seen through alternative distribution outlets, such as public access TV, film festivals, or passing from individual to individual.

“The topic was extremely timely because of the events that have been taking place in the Middle East and North Africa,” Esquibel said. “So much of the video footage coming out of Egypt and Bahrain are shot on small consumer cameras, edited at home and posted on the Web. These videos became how the Western world and in particular the mainstream media began to pay attention to the events taking place.”

Esquibel said she hopes to teach a similar course with her students at Avila.

“Our students here at Avila University are so engaged with the greater community and video activism is a natural forum for bringing exposure to their issue.”

In other news, the School of Visual and Communications Arts will offer a minor in video and digital media for students beginning in the fall of 2011. The minor is an 18-hour concentration for students interested in video and digital production and are in need of exposure, experience and training for their chosen major. Interested students can contact Ben Meade at ben.meade@avila.edu or Esquibel at nicole.esquibel@gmail.com for more information.



Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.