Conversation: A Critic’s Point of View

A Critic's Point of View
Friday, November 30
4:30-6:30, Art and Design Building, AB 1007

Free and open to the public

George Mason's Delta Kappa Alpha invites you to A Critic's Point of View, a conversation with Ann Hornaday, movie critic for The Washington Post and Dr. Cynthia Fuchs, Associate Professor and Director of Film and Media Studies at George Mason University.

Ann Hornaday grew up in Des Moines and graduated cum laude with a degree in government from Smith College. After working at Ms. magazine as a researcher and editorial assistant, she became a freelance writer in New York City, where she eventually began to write about movies for the New York Times Arts & Leisure section and other publications. In 1995 she became the movie critic at the Austin American-Statesman in Texas, where she stayed for two years before moving to Baltimore to be the movie critic at the Baltimore Sun. She left the Sun in 2000 and began working at The Washington Post in 2002. She was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism in 2008. Hornaday is the author of “Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies."


Cynthia Fuchs (PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 1989) is the Director of Film & Media Studies at George Mason University. She is Associate Professor of English, African and African American Studies (AAAS), Film & Video Studies (FAVS), Sport and American Culture, and Women and Gender Studies (WGST). She is also affliated with the Center for the Study of Sport and Leisure in Society and War and the Military in Society.

Professor Fuchs is Contributing Editor for the weekly cultural studies magazine, PopMatters (since 1999). She has also written reviews for Time to Play Magazine, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Philadelphia Citypaper,, NPR, Morphizm, Creative Loafing, and Common Sense Media. She is a frequent jurist for the Gotham Independent Film Awards. Professor Fuchs has published articles on Brad Pitt, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Shakira, Juvenile, Jay-Z, Gollum, Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and the Iraq war in media images.