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Film and Media Studies Program


Ina Rae Hark Award

The Ina Rae Hark Award recognizes a rising senior in Film and Media Studies with a strong academic record who has demonstrated outstanding scholarly engagement.

 
Dr. Ina Rae Hark, founder of the Film and Media Studies major at the University of South Carolina and beloved professor, retired from teaching in 2009 after an academic career marked by original scholarship on popular media culture. Dr. Hark published on many topics—from American cinema of the 1930s, to Star Trek and Deadwood. In Spring 2015 she returned to USC to give a talk on the film Ben-Hur in the College of Arts and Sciences lecture series “Classics and Contemporary Perspectives.”

To honor Dr. Hark’s legacy, we created the Ina Rae Hark Award in 2015 to recognize a rising senior in Film and Media Studies with a strong academic record who has demonstrated outstanding scholarly engagement. The first recipient of the Ina Rae Hark Award was Sara Emory Cannon, an exceptional student who is expertly combining her studies in media history with media production. Ina was in attendance in April 2015 when Sara received the award.

We continue to seek donations to sustain this $100 anual award. Please consider a donation in honor of Dr. Ina Rae Hark. By following this link your donation can be earmarked to support the Ina Rae Hark Award. Any amount you contribute will help.

When making your donation, in the “Add Dedication” field indicate that you would like to support the Ina Rae Hark Award. If you would like to make a donation to the Film and Media Studies Program more generally instead, your donation would support ongoing work with our students in the classroom— for example, support for visiting artists, scholars, and workshops.

On behalf of the faculty and students in the Film and Media Studies Program, thank you for your consideration and support.

Mark Cooper
Director, Film and Media Studies Program