Nava Dushi is an assistant professor of film studies at Lynn University's College of International Communication where she teaches film history, film theory, and international film. She earned her BFA in film and television from Tel Aviv University where she wrote her PhD dissertation entitled "The Minor Turn: The Global Emergence of Minor National Films." Sections from her work were published in the 2011 anthologies “Films with Legs: Crossing Borders with Foreign Language Films” (Cambridge Scholars Publishing) and “Israeli Cinema: Identities in Motion” (University of Texas Press). Dushi regularly presents her research at the annual conferences of leading professional organizations and specialized colloquiums. She is a winner of the American Israel Cooperative Enterprise Schusterman Israel Scholar Award and a recipient of a Ph.D. research grant awarded by The Florida Israel Institute.
- B.F.A., Tel Aviv University
- M.A., Florida Atlantic University
- Ph.D., Tel Aviv University (Expected Fall 2015)
Our era is dominated by an instantaneous and inexhaustible access to information and connectivity. Professional careers coveted by students entering their freshman year in college may undergo significant changes or altogether disappear by the time they graduate. In this state of affairs, the role of academe consists of two important tasks: on the one hand, imparting the critical and rhetorical skill-set necessary for the pursuit of specialized knowledge, and on the other hand, fostering the development of an intellectual core that would withstand the demands of ongoing shifts in the professional arena. To this end, instilling the importance of a broad education that engages students in critical discussions concerning the significance of history, the diversity of societies and cultures, the role of the arts, ethics and morality, is of fundamental importance and remains the cornerstone of higher education.
Areas of Scholarship and Professional Practice
- Critical theory
- Cinema and philosophy
- National and transnational cinema
- Israeli cinema and culture
- Minor cinema
- Pedagogy - The place of cinema in liberal arts education