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Dr. Stephane Dunn
Stephane Dunn
Stephane Dunn is an associate professor and Director of the Cinema, Television, & Emerging Media Studies program (CTEMS). She received her MA, MFA, and PhD from the University of Notre Dame. She specializes in film, creative writing, and African American and American cultural and literary studies. She authored the 2008 book, Baad Bitches & Sassy Supermamas: Black Power Action Films (U of Illinois Press), which explores the representation of race, gender, and sexuality as they play out in the Black Power and feminist influenced explosion of black action films in the early 1970s, including, Sweetback Sweetback's Baad Assssss Song, Cleopatra Jones, and Foxy Brown. Her writings about film and black popular culture and history have appeared in several edited books, Ms. magazine, Screening Noir, The Chronicle of Higher Education,, AJC,, and the Best African American Essays (2009) among others. Her plays include You a Baad N***, Titty, Chem Girls, and The Box. She wrote and co-produced the winning first place short film in the 2013 Georgia Lottery- Bronze Lens Film Festival Lights, Camera, Georgia competition. She has received a Napa Valley Writer's Conference Scholarship and a FMS Postdoctoral Mentoring Fellowship. She is currently working on a novel and a short film.
Department of English, 103 Brawley Hall
(404) 572-3605
Mr. Adisa Iwa
Adisa Iwa
Morehouse alum Eric L. Baker (professionally known as Adisa Iwa) has written for multiple hit TV shows including Law & Order: SVU; NYPD Blue; Dark Angel, etc. and sold his first feature screenplay to Universal Studios. In addition to Universal, Mr. Iwa has worked at virtually every major studio and television network in Hollywood including 20th Century Fox; Sony; Warner Bros.; NBC; ABC; and FOX Broadcasting. Mr. Iwa currently is writing and producing new television and film projects in Los Angeles and Atlanta, and is a proud founding member of Morehouse's prestigious new CTEMS Department. He has been honored by the Writer's Guild of America as part of the award winning writing on Law & Order: SVU.
Morehouse College ‘91
Ms. Julie Dash
Julie Dash
Filmmaker Julie Dash earned her MFA in Film & Television production at UCLA, received her BA in Film Production from CCNY, and was a Producing and Writing Conservatory Fellow at the American Film Institute's Center for Advanced Film Studies. Dash made history with her Sundance award-winning film (Best Cinematography) Daughters of the Dust. Dash became the first African American woman to have a wide theatrical release of a feature film. In 2004, The Library of Congress placed Daughters of the Dust in the National Film Registry - the only current such distinction for the film work of an African American woman. Julie Dash is currently working on Travel Notes of a Geechee Girl. a feature length documentary about Vertamae Smart Grosvenor, a world-renowned author, performer, and chef from rural South Carolina. Dash has written and directed for CBS, BET, ENCORE STARZ, SHOWTIME, MTV Movies and HBO, directing, the NAACP Image Award winning, Emmy and DGA nominated, The Rosa Parks Story, Incognito, Funny Valentines, Love Song, and Subway Stories: Tales From the Underground. Her work as a Film Director includes theme park, Disney's Imagineering, and museum design Brothers of the Borderland for The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Museum. Her work includes music videos, documentary, commercial spots, PSA's, industrial films. She has taught at a number of universities and colleges.
Mr. Avery O. Williams
Avery O Williams
AVERY O. WILLIAMS graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Morehouse College and earned a Master of Fine Arts from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. He co-wrote the feature Directing Eddie (Valerie Perrine, Jade Barrymore) voted Best Comedy, 2001 New York International Independent Film & Video Festival. He wrote and co-produced the film short The Willie Witch Projects (distr. by Trimark Pictures) in the compilation The Bogus Witch Project. Avery also wrote and co-produced the award-winningNotes In A Minor Key (Keith David, Harry Lennix) hailed by the New York Times as "...crisp, assured... tightly constructed and well-acted." He's penned screenplays for Damon Dash, Nia Long, Master P, Erika Alexander, T.I., Heavy D and more. In print, Avery's work is included in Monologues or Men By Men. He directed and co-produced the winning first place short film in the 2013 Georgia Lottery and Bronze Lens Festival Light, Camera, Georgia competition and recently wrote and directed an independent film, PLENTY.
For the theater, Avery co-produced Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues directed by Penny Marshall (2005) and Penny Johnson Jerald (2006). He wrote the books for musicals TLC (A Tribute to Tracy Coley), The Chocolate Factory, Pino and Everything Changes, each directed by Denise Dowse and executive produced by Wendy Raquel Robinson. For the national stage, Avery wrote and produced A Mother's Prayer and What A Woman Will Do For Love starring Raven Symone, Cherrelle, Ann Nesby, Howard Hewett and Lashun Pace. Avery also produced Tom Coles' Medal of Honor Rag, starring Heavy D, directed by Delroy Lindo and executive produced by Will Smith. Recently, Avery wrote and executive produced with "Nephew" Tommy Miles (Steve Harvey Morning Show), a sketch-comedy pilot entitled Alley Cats.
Morehouse College ‘86


Affiliated Faculty

Dr. David Wall Rice, Narrative Studies
David Wall Rice
David Wall Rice is associate professor of psychology and is also Principal Investigator of the Identity Orchestration Research Lab at Morehouse College. The transdisciplinary lab space works to understand and to elicit behavioral bests through research concerning identity relative to engagement, the exploration of varied contexts and personal narratives. David graduated from Morehouse with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and earned a Doctorate in Personality Psychology from Howard University. With a Masters degree in Journalism from Columbia University, David frequently applies his research to cultural criticism. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for The Journal of Popular Culture and has provided commentary for NPR, CBS News, MSNBC, Public Radio International and his writings have appeared in The Washington Post, The Dallas Morning News, Vibe magazine and The Root among other media outlets. David’s research in Personality Psychology is sharply focused on identity and self constructs. This is demonstrated in his book Balance: Advancing identity theory by engaging the Black male adolescent and the text-in-progress Visible Man: Emcees, identity and the psychology of hip-hop narratives. David’s current studies attend to Black identity within the recast social context of the “Obama Era” and the psychology of strength as informed by study in Ghana, Israel and Haiti.
Department of Psychology
(404) 681-7565