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Julie Levinson

Professor

Mentor, Presidential Scholars
Academic Division: Arts & Humanities
781-239-4478

Bio

Julie Levinson teaches courses in film and cultural history. She previously taught at M.I.T.,​ Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Rencontres Cinématographiques Franco-Américaines in Avignon, France. She holds a PhD. in Film and Literature and an M.S. in Film from Boston University, as well as a B.A. cum laude in Theatre Arts and English from Cornell University. In addition to her academic appointments, Levinson was the Curator of Film at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Director of Programming at the Boston Film/Video Foundation, and Curator/Producer of Mixed Signals cable television series for the New England Foundation for the Arts. She has curated film series for a number of other organizations including the Flaherty Film Seminar, the Celebration of Black Cinema, and the Davis Museum and Cultural Center at Wellesley College. She has been a panelist for, among others, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Bunting Institute at Harvard College, and the New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Vermont Councils on the Arts. She frequently serves as a film festival judge and an editorial consultant on documentary films. Levinson is the author of The American Success Myth on Film (Palgrave MacMillan), editor of Alexander Payne: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi) and co-editor of Acting in the Behind the Silver Screen film history series (Rutgers University Press). Her published work in journals and edited collections has focused on a wide range of topics including genre and gender, documentary film, narrative theory, and metafiction.​​​

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Boston University
  • MS, Boston University
  • BA, Cornell University

Academic Interests

Film and Cultural History; Narrative Theory; Film Genre; Independent and Documentary Film

Awards & Honors

  • 2015 - Babson Teaching Innovation Fund grant, Babson College
  • 2013 - Summer Research Stipend, Babson College
  • 2012 - Summer Research Stipend, Babson College
  • 2011 - Babson Teaching Innovation Fund grant, Babson College
  • 2011 - Women Who Make a Difference , Babson College
  • 2008 - Summer Research Stipend, Babson College
  • 2006 - Summer Research Stipend, Babson College
  • 2005 - Summer Research Stipend, Babson College
  • 2003 - Summer Research Stipend, Babson College
  • 2001 - Summer Research Stipend, Babson College
  • 2000 - William F. Glavin Honors Program Chair, Babson College
  • 1999 - TAB grant for design of on-line catalogue of film
  • 1998 - Grant, Massachusetts Council on the Arts
  • 1996 - Award for Cable Excellence (ACE), ACE
  • 1995 - Leeds Hackett Term Chair, Babson College
  • 1993 - William F. Glavin Term Chair, Babson College
  • 1991 - Faculty Course Release, Cluster Program, Babson College
  • 1991 - Strategic Planning Fund Stipend, Babson College
  • 1990 - Special Citation for Curatorial Excellence, Boston Society of Film Critics
  • 1990 - Citation, Boston Society of Film Critics
  • 1989 - Project Grant for Curated Film Series, Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities
  • 1989 - Faculty Course Release, Babson College
  • 1988 - Film festival award, Ann Arbor Film Festival
  • 1988 - Film festival award, New England Film Festival
  • 1988 - Project support grant , Massachusetts Council on the Arts and
  • 1985 - Best Film Series, Boston Society of Film Critics
  • 1984 - French government research fellowship, Bourse de stage
  • 1978 - Doctoral fellowship, Boston University
  • 1978 - Filmmaking Award, New England Film Festival

Courses

Degree Courses 2015-2016
  • LVA 2009: AMERICAN FILM HISTORY (FLM)

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Levinson, J.R. (2015). “Time and Time Again: Temporality, Narrativity and Spectatorship in Christian Marclay’s The Clock.”. Cinema Journal, 54(3)
  • Levinson, J.R., Mandel, R.P. (2013). Teaching Research Methodologies to Professionally Oriented Honors Students. Honors in Practice, 9, 163-172.
  • Levinson, J.R. (2007). “Adaptation, Metafiction, Self-Creation” . Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture, vol. 40: 1(Spring 2007)
  • Levinson, J.R. (1991). "Celine and Julie Go Storytelling". The French Review, 65(2)

Books

  • Levinson, J.R., Springer, C. (2015). Acting (Behind the Silver Screen, Volume 4): Rutgers University Press
  • Levinson, J.R. (2015). The American Success Myth on Film (Paperback Edition): Palgrave MacMillan
  • Levinson, J.R. (2014). Alexander Payne: Interviews: University Press of Mississippi
  • Levinson, J.R. (2012). The American Success Myth on Film. London: Palgrave Macmillan

Articles

  • Levinson, J.R. (1995, ) Talking Heads: Juan Mandelbaum". The Independent: The Independent
  • Levinson, J.R. (1994, ) "Cambridge Documentary Films" and "The Long Bow Group,". The Independent: The Independent

Book Chapters

  • Levinson, J.R., Rademacher, V.N. (2015). “Global Film Across the Curriculum: Narrative Imagination and Pedagogical Innovation,”.Evolving Entrepreneurial Education: Innovation in the Babson Classroom.: Emerald Group Publishing
  • Levinson, J.R. (2015). “The Auteur Renaissance, 1968 – 1980”.Acting (Behind the Silver Screen Series, vol. 4).
  • Levinson, J.R. (2008). "From Flash Powder to Electronic Flash: The Development of Photojournalism" . In Ken Kobre (Ed.), Photojournalism: A Professional's Approach, 6th ed..: Focal Press
  • Levinson, J.R. (1995). "Genre and Gender: The Subversive Potential" .Double Vision: Perspectives on Gender and the Visual Arts" by Natalie Harris Bluestone.: Associated University Presses
  • Levinson, J.R. (2000). Chaplin and the Romanticization of Unemployment in American Cinema” .Gibt es ein Leben ohne Arbeit?.: Klartext Verlag
  • Levinson, J.R. (1999). “Ein Mensch de Masse” and “Fahrraddiebe”.Arbeit und Identitat.: Fritz-Hüser-Institüt

Others

  • Levinson, J.R. (2004). “Historiography, Memory, and Movies: The Long Bow Group’s Morning Sun”: Art New England
  • Levinson, J.R. (2001). "Boston Film/Video Foundation” : Imagine
  • Levinson, J.R. (2000). “The New England Film and Video Festival’s Independent Streak”: Boston Film/Video Foundation
  • Levinson, J.R. (1994). "Histories and Memories" : Wellesley College
  • Levinson, J.R. (1993). M-G-M Musicals: The Freed Unit, Revised Version: British Film Institute
  • Levinson, J.R. (1992). "Access to the Airwaves: Joan Braderman's Thirty Second Spot Reconsidered "
  • Levinson, J.R. (1988). The Middle East: Four New Films: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Levinson, J.R. (1987). A Man Like Eva: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Levinson, J.R. (1987). Dead End Kids: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Levinson, J.R. (1987). Exile and Cunning: Two South American Films: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Levinson, J.R. (1987). The British Edge: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Levinson, J.R. (1986). Living at Risk and Witness to War: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Levinson, J.R. (1986). Routine Pleasures: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Levinson, J.R. (1986). The Eyes of Birds: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Levinson, J.R. (1985). Currents in Political Documentary: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Levinson, J.R. (1985). Images of Madness: The Depiction of Insanity in the Feature Film . Lanham, MD: University Press of America
  • Levinson, J.R. (1985). Ladies on the Rocks: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Levinson, J.R. (1985). Screamplay: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Levinson, J.R. (1985). Sherman's March: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Levinson, J.R. (1985). Three New Directors: Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
  • Levinson, J.R. (1981). M-G-M Musicals: The Freed Unit. Boston, MA: Museum of Fine Arts

Presentations

  • The American Success Myth on Film
    Levinson, J. The American Success Myth on Film Book Reading, Needham, MA (2015)
  • Are We Game: Video Games Beyond Entertainment
    Levinson, J. Are We Game: Video Games Beyond Entertainment Are We Game?: Video Games Beyond Entertainment, Needham, MA (2014)
  • Success Reassessed in "You Can’t Take It With You"
    Levinson, J. Success Reassessed in "You Can’t Take It With You" The American Success Myth on Film, Needham, MA (2013)
  • “A Surfeit of Success: “The Man in the White Suit”
    Levinson, J. “A Surfeit of Success: “The Man in the White Suit” Yale University Lecture, New Haven, CT (2001)
  • “Beyond the Visible”
    Levinson, J. “Beyond the Visible” Beyond the Visible: Festival of Women's Films, Boston, MA (1996)
  • "100 Years of Cinema"
    Levinson, J. "100 Years of Cinema" Festival and conference of Center for Children's Media, Cambridge, MA (1995)
  • "The Matter of History"
    Levinson, J. "The Matter of History" Lecture and panel discussion on the art of Annette Lemieux, Wellesley College (1994)
  • "The Media Arts, Cable Access, and Cultural Advocacy.
    Levinson, J. "The Media Arts, Cable Access, and Cultural Advocacy. Alliance for Community Media Lecture, Boston, MA (1992)
  • "The Autobiographical Documentary and the Self-Creating Tradition"
    Levinson, J. "The Autobiographical Documentary and the Self-Creating Tradition" Rencontres Cinématographiques Franco-Américaines Lecture, Avignon, France (1989)
  • "Gender and Representation in the Cinema"
    Levinson, J. "Gender and Representation in the Cinema" Series of four lectures, Boston, MA (1988)
  • "Distribution Alternatives for New Narrative Cinema"
    Levinson, J. "Distribution Alternatives for New Narrative Cinema" Rencontres Cinématographiques Franco-Américaines Lecture, Avignon, France (1985)
  • "Independents' Day: Off- Hollywood Films and the Legacy of the American New Wave of the 1950s."
    Levinson, J. "Independents' Day: Off- Hollywood Films and the Legacy of the American New Wave of the 1950s." Boston Univeristy Lecture, Boston, MA (1985)
  • "Breaking the Wave: The French New Wave and Beyond"
    Levinson, J. "Breaking the Wave: The French New Wave and Beyond" Rencontres Cinématographiques Franco-Américaines Lecture, Avignon, France (1984)
  • "Video Art and Its Double: Reflexive Television"
    Levinson, J. "Video Art and Its Double: Reflexive Television" Wellesley College Lecture, Wellesley, MA (1984)
  • "The New German Cinema and the Woman's Film"
    Levinson, J. "The New German Cinema and the Woman's Film" Goethe Institute Lecture, Boston, MA (1983)
  • "Reflexive Narrative: Film Looks at Film"
    Levinson, J. "Reflexive Narrative: Film Looks at Film" Institute of Contemporary Art Lecture, Boston, MA (1983)