Santa Monica College continues communications, media and design series September 21st

Santa Monica College (SMC) continues its Communication, Media & Design Series this fall with a series of presentations from industry experts discussing their work and developments in communication, media and design today. The series returns on Tuesday, Jan.

All presentations in the series are free and are held online as virtual live events. A zoom link to each lecture will be available with the listing on the event date in the SMC event calendar at To take part in the events, the Zoom software must be installed on the viewer’s computer (free download from

The line-up of the Communication, Media & Design Series for autumn 2021 is:

• Tuesday, September 21, 7pm – TV Editor Allison Anastasio and Post Production Coordinator Parneille Walker: “Women in Entertainment” – SMC Professor Tim Conley will have a discussion with TV Editor Allison Anastasio and Post Production Coordinator Parneille Walker about their careers behind the Backdrops from popular TV shows. Anastasio has worked on shows for VH1, HBO, NBC, MTV, Wetpaint and TBS Network and was nominated for an Emmy Award in Outstanding Picture Editing for her work on Below Deck: Steamy Vibes, a Bravo and 51 Minds Entertainment production . Walker has worked on shows for Fox, CW, Warner Bros., NBC, MTV, ABC, and Disney, and most recently was Post Production Coordinator for the ABC Studios’ Grown-ish TV series. Funded by the SMC Associates (, the SMC Business Department, the SMC Communication & Media Studies Department and the SMC Design Technology Department.

• Thursday, September 30th, 9:45 am – Photojournalist Ozier Muhammad: “Documenting Events That Changed the World” – Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Ozier Muhammad shares his experience of major world events, Nelson Mandela’s choice in Africa to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. He will share his career path and tips on photojournalism gained during his years as a staff photographer at the New York Times, Newsday, the Charlotte Observer and acquired by Ebony Magazine. Sponsored by SMC Associates, SMC Communication & Media Studies Department, and SMC Design Technology Department.

• Friday, October 1st, 1pm – Miya Osaki and Tina Park: “Reflective Design Methods for Changing Health Care: An Interactive Conversation with Diagram’s Miya Osaki and Tina Park” – Miya Osaki and Tina Park – founders of Diagram, a New York Design Studio, dedicated to improving health experiences and health outcomes through the patient’s eyes – will talk about how insights from patients and providers can be gathered and translated to create better, more meaningful experiences and design tools that help patients better manage their ailments to manage something. Park, with significant experience leading innovative research within healthcare organizations, pioneered a design research team in Johnson & Johnson’s Global Strategic Design Office that introduced innovative research methods that uncover the patient’s voice. Osaki, who brings her skills in interaction design, human-centered research, storytelling, and behavioral design to create experiences that improve outcomes and empower patients, is the former Director of Experience Design in Johnson & Johnson’s Global Strategic Design Office. Funded by SMC Associates, SMC Communication & Media Studies Department, SMC Design Technology Department and SMC Earth Sciences, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences.

• Friday, November 5th, 2pm – Tristan Orford: “Know Your Value: Compensation Talks with Tristan Orford.” Tristan Orford – Senior Director, Global Compensation at Electronic Arts (EA) – will share his experience in managing compensation initiatives in large companies . His interactive presentation is an introduction to the world of Total Rewards: How companies feel about the experience they are creating for the people who work there and the contracts they are making with them. The presentation examines overall compensation concepts and then moves on to applied framework conditions that can be used to better understand this essential part of the job search process and to find personal career opportunities. Funded by SMC Associates, SMC Business Department, SMC Communication & Media Studies Department and SMC Design Technology Department.

• Monday, November 15, 7pm – Patrick Smith: How to Start an Animation Business – Installation artist, animator, and independent filmmaker Patrick Smith, a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will talk about how to get started with the Animation film business. A former Disney storyboard artist and MTV animation director, he is best known for his metaphorical hand-drawn shorts and experimental stop-motion films. Smith has made award-winning animated films for PBS, has a YouTube channel with more than 200,000 subscribers, and is a fellow of the New York Foundation of the Arts and a curator for several international film and animation festivals. Sponsored by SMC Associates, SMC Communication & Media Studies Department, and SMC Design Technology Department.

All programs are subject to change without notice and new events can be added to the series. Current details are posted at and are available from the SMC Office of Public Programs at 310-434-4100.
Santa Monica College is a California community college accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Submitted by Grace Smith, SMC

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