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 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 artistic programming.
Dr. Greg Dickinson
Department chair and professor, Greg Dickinson heads festival leadership and fundraising. 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 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 extensive experience 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, Netherlands.
Katherine Indermaur is the Communication Coordinator in the Department of Communication Studies. She earned a BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MFA in creative writing from Colorado State University, and her professional background is in writing and nonprofit management. Katherine joined the Department of Communication Studies and ACT’s team in 2021.
Eliza Wagner-Kinyon completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies at Colorado State University, graduating in 2015. She continued her education to earn her Master’s degree in Communication Studies with a focus on Organizational Communication, specifically researching resilience and resistance within individual employees. Since completing her Masters in May of 2018, she now enthusiastically supports the Communication Studies department in her administrative role directing ACT and department operations.
Dr. Julia Khrebtan-Hörhager
Associate Professor of Communication, Director of Education Abroad Program, and a Global Scholar for the Institute of Shipboard Education/Semester at Sea. Julia serves as the Associate Program Director who joined the vibrant ACT team in 2016. She regularly participates in human rights film festivals in Europe, establishes relationships and collaboration with filmmakers, advises upon selection and programming of documentaries, and moderates pre- and post-screening sessions and panels. An award-winning, multicultural, and multilingual scholar, Julia specializes in critical cultural studies, international relations, cinematography, and critical media studies. Julia previously worked as a journalist, a Peace Corps coordinator, and a liaison for a Refugee/Migration center.
Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Azumi Solbrig holds a B.S. in Economics from Komazawa University. With more than ten years experience in sales and accounting in Tokyo, Azumi moved to Fort Collins in 2017 and took the opportunity to expand her knowledge by studying Accounting. In 2020, Azumi joined Communication Studies department as an Accounting Technician.
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
Doug Cloud, Associate Professor of English, 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
Saul Hopper, Clinical Psychologist (Ret.)
Sue Ellen Klein, Partners for Peace
Lucia Levis, Filmmaker
J.J. Levy, Community Volunteer
Emma Lynn, Graduate Student, CSU
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
Riana Slyter, Graduate Student, CSU
Mary Vogl, Professor, Chief Academic Officer, Semester at Sea