Our Team

Dr. Scott Diffrient

Professor of Film and Media Studies in the Department of Communication Studies, Scott Diffrient began planning the ACT Human Rights Film Festival after receiving the 2014-2016 William E. Morgan Endowed Chair of Liberal Arts. He has attended human rights film festivals around the world with the intention to write one of the first scholarly texts on human rights cinema as well as to establish Fort Collins and Colorado State University as a locus and leader in humanitarian outreach and scholarship. Dr. Diffrient directs festival programming, heading a committee of faculty volunteers that provide input on film selection and related events.

Dr. Greg Dickinson

Department chair and professor, Greg Dickinson heads festival leadership and fundraising, working closely with College of Liberal Arts Dean Dr. Ann Gill and her development staff. He has received the College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award and the CSU Alumni Best Teacher Award. He has also received the National Communication Association’s Gerald R. Miller Dissertation Award and (with his co-authors Brian L. Ott and Eric Aoki) the NCA Golden Anniversary Monograph Award. He writes about ways the buildings and human landscapes engage viewers and users on questions values, beliefs, and action. His work advances critical and theoretical understanding of memory, place, materiality, and everyday life. He has published in numerous communication, cultural studies, and rhetoric journals on coffee shops, shopping malls, museums, and gentrified urban spaces. His book Suburban Dreams: Building and Imagining the Good Life was published by the University of Alabama Press in 2015, and he is completing a co-authored book on the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.

Beth Seymour

Beth Seymour

Beth Seymour joined the Department of Communication Studies as the ACT Managing Director in 2018. Beth earned a B.A. in Spanish from Whitman College, and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University. A Colorado native, Beth brings a love of film and film festivals and extensive experience working in nonprofit fundraising and event management. Beth formerly sat on the board of directors of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute and chaired the board of Imagination Celebration, both located in Colorado Springs. Beth is currently a board member of the Human Rights Film Network, based in Amsterdam.

Carol Busch

Carol Busch was instrumental in the organization of ACT, taking Scott Diffrient’s vision from an idea to reality. She currently assists with festival marketing, ticketing, and outreach. She is the Department of Communication Studies alumni development and communications coordinator. She has extensive experience in nonprofit, higher ed, and small business communications and moonlights as a freelance writer and backcountry guide. Carol graduated with an M.A. in English from Colorado State University in 2002, was born and raised in Fort Collins, and loves being outside as much as possible.

Program Advisory Committee

Usama Alshaibi, Teaching Associate Professor of Film, CSU and CU Boulder

Karrin Vasby Anderson, Professor, Communication CSU

Aaunterria Bollinger-Deters, Instructor, CSU

Rita Brown, Community Volunteer

Carl R. Burgchardt, Professor, Communication, CSU

Carol Busch, Sales and Marketing Manager, ExperiencePlus!

Jeanetta Caligari, Community Funded

Hye Seung Chung, Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, CSU

Evan Elkins, Assistant Professor of Media and Visual Culture, CSU

Kevin Foskin, Director of Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Major, CSU

Shantel Hansen, Documentary Filmmaker and Training Consultant

Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager, Assistant Professor of Communication, CSU

Sue Ellen Klein, Partners for Peace

Lucia Levis, Filmmaker

J.J. Levy, Community Volunteer

Nick Marx, Associate Professor of Film and Media, CSU

Adriana Avila McClintock, Marketing Communications, CSU

Miranda McCreary, Graduate Student, CSU

Meredith Moore, Graduate Student, CSU

Devin Odell, Eighth Judicial District Judge (Ret.)

Antonio Pedrós-Gascón, Associate Professor of Contemporary Spanish Literature and Culture, CSU

Mary Ellen Sanger, Associate Director, Community Literacy Center, Program Coordinator, English, CSU

Mary Vogl, Professor, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, CSU