Support the Gabriel Peters-Lazaro Memorial Student Award Fund

    Filmmaker and media scholar Gabriel Peters-Lazaro brought his love of creative media practice into the School of Cinematic Arts, where he embodied the full spectrum of skills that characterize the 21st century media scholar/practitioner.

    Gabe arrived in 2007 as a staff member overseeing the media lab in the Institute for Multimedia Literacy. He joined the Media Arts + Practice PhD program in 2010, and created what has to be the biggest dissertation project ever, namely an IMAX film that offers a unique example of the creative-critical hybridity of the MA+P doctoral program.

    Gabe went on to become a faculty member, teaching many of the MA+P core undergraduate classes where he was beloved by students. He actively participated in SCA’s research culture, contributing to the Worldbuilding Media Lab, the Mobile and Environmental Media Lab, and even starting his own research lab dedicated to emerging technologies and hypercinema.

    Gabe also participated in SCA’s commitment to media literacy by helping create a filmmaking program for women in Saudi Arabia and travelling to Doha to help children with autism use video to communicate. He participated in a project designed to stop violent extremism and was a member of the Civic Imagination project for many years, as well as the Media Activism and Participatory Politics project. With Henry Jenkins and Sangita Shresthova, he co-edited Popular Culture and Civic Imagination: Case Studies of Creative Social Change, and co-wrote Practicing Futures: A Civic Imagination Action Handbook.

    Gabe consistently worked with a sense of love, curiosity, and collegiality, and indeed, was uniquely able to bring together filmmaking, scholarship, research, teaching and mentorship in service to creating a better world. Gabe showed our community what hybrid creative makers can do, and encouraged us all to foster community, participation and civic engagement.

    In honor of Gabe’s commitment to education and lasting legacy, the Media Arts + Practice program has established the Gabriel Peters-Lazaro Memorial Student Support Award.

    This annual award is presented to a graduating senior in the Media Arts + Practice program who demonstrates a similar sense of curiosity and hybridity, someone who cheerfully works across research, scholarship, and media practice, and who does so with a sense of wonder and desire for a better future. We hope that the person receiving this award will take these qualities, just as Gabe did, out into the world with them as they graduate.

    Thank you for considering making a gift to the Gabriel Peters-Lazaro Memorial Student Award Fund. Your support, no matter the amount, will help us continue to honor the legacy that Gabe has provided to so many.

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