Dr. Claudia Schwarz, Innsbruck University, Austria
After finishing the SUSI program last summer, Dr. Schwarz visited the U.S. again in May to attend the MIT7 conference-- "Media in transition: unstable platforms. The promise and peril of transition" at MIT in Cambridge, Boston. She gave a talk on “Media Activism in Search of ‘Truth’? Questioning the Mission to Restore Sanity” with one of her colleagues from Innsbruck at the conference.
At the end of last year, she attended two conferences in Austria, "The Visual Culture of Modernism" held by the Austrian Association for American Studies (AAAS) with the Swiss Association of North American Studies (SANAS), and a celebration conference for the 60th anniversary of the Fulbright Commission (Austrian-American Educational Commission) titled "Impacts: Does Academic Exchange Matter?" Dr. Schwarz was one of the co-organizers for the second conference. In the meantime, she organized the "Media Day 2010" conference, which is focused on media and minorities at the University of Innsbruck.
As an assistant professor in the Department of American Studies, Dr. Schwarz used the material learned from SUSI to facilitate her class on "American Cultural Studies" with a focus on media studies. She also launched a one-day project to help high school students to learn about American culture, history, and literature through different perspectives.
However, Dr. Schwarz decided to quit her job at the university and to start working for the Academia Superior – Institute for Future Studies in a different part of Austria this summer. She continues to do research about American news parodies.