Scholars on the Road

The award-winning Scholars on the Road Lecture Series brings the fascinating research of the College’s faculty experts to alumni audiences in Washington, D.C., New York City, Boston, Rochester, Buffalo and beyond. From the arts to the humanities and the social sciences, this series represents the incredibly diverse disciplines the College of Arts and Sciences comprises.

The Scholars on the Road Lecture Series events are open to alumni and feature a reception as part of the program.

Summer 2018 Lineup

The Art and Challenges of Filmmaking
Visiting Assistant Professor Sama Waham, UB Department of Media Study

Meet the Scholar

Visiting Assistant Professor Sama Waham
Visiting Assistant Professor Sama Waham

Event and Topic Overview

From aspiring independent storytellers to veteran festival award winners, filmmakers face ongoing arduous obstacles with the rise of new media and continued dominance of commercial mainstream cinema.

Join Dean Robin Schulze for a conversation with Visiting Assistant Professor Sama Waham about the art and challenges of filmmaking, funding, transmedia, festivals and distribution. The event will feature screening excerpts from her films: RampResightBajoo, her latest hybrid film, Sing for Me, as well as short clips of student work from the UB Department of Media Study.

About Professor Waham

Sama Waham is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the UB Department of Media Study and an award-winning director, producer and cinematographer. Her films have been screened in prestigious festivals around the world, winning over 21 awards and nominations. Her latest film ‘Sing for Me’ is a poetic, experimental documentary that contemplates the notion of belonging while meditating on Mandaeanism; a fading ancient practice with roots in Babylonian history. Sing for Me premiered at Dubai International Film Festival and along with other international awards, received the ‘Best Long Documentary Award’ at the Alexandria Mediterranean Countries Film Festival.