Screenwriter and Professor Barbara Nicolosi to Speak at Christendom College

April 20, 2011

Screenwriter, author, and professor Barbara Nicolosi-Harrington will deliver an address, entitled Why Hollywood Matters, to the students and faculty of Christendom College on May 2, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. as part of the college's Major Speakers Program.

nicolosiA professor at Pepperdine University, Nicolosi is the founder of Act One, an organization that seeks to nurture the next generation of Christian artists and media pioneers. She has worked unofficially as a script consultant for scores of feature and television projects. She was a theological consultant for The Passion of the Christ and she co-edited Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith and Culture. Her latest screenwriting project isMary, Mother of the Christ, which stars Al Pacino and Peter OToole and will be released in 2012 by MGM.

Nicolosi has served as a judge or jurist on many cinema and arts panels. She was a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, on the film jury for the Catholics in Media Awards, a judge for the Catholic Academy's Gabriel Awards, a reader for the Humanitas Prize for screenwriting, and served for nearly ten years on the Blue Ribbon Jury of the Angelus Awards, student film festival. Nicolosi herself has won several awards for her work including the Legatus Outstanding Laity Award, the Spirit Award of the Windrider Forum at Sundance, the Act OneServant Faculty Award, and special awards for her contributions to cinema studies from the Catholic University of Valencia, Spain and the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy.

Nicolosi has been a key influence in the development of Christian higher education cinema programs that combine ethics and spirituality with high standards in artistic craft. She has taught screenwriting or cinema in undergraduate programs at Azusa Pacific University and the Los Angeles Film Study Center. She has been a guest lecturer on art and cinema at many other institutions of higher learning was also a featured speaker at events hosted by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops, and for the Pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican.

Nicolosi is hailed as one of the most creative voices speaking today at the intersection of faith and culture.  She has been described as an insightful, provocative, prophetic voice, calling for people of faith to communicate the message of Christ through the most powerful media of our time.

For more information about Niclosi, visit her blog at

The talk will be held in the St. Lawrence Commons and will be followed by a reception.

Christendom College's Major Speakers Program is an important aspect of the academic life at the College, offering the students and community an opportunity for cultural, intellectual, and spiritual enrichment beyond the classroom. The program offers students the opportunity to gain greater insights and depth of understanding of important issues, and to interact personally with a wide range of men and women who are shapers and critics of our society.

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