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December 2019

· artmaking,transformation,resistance

This month we are excited to feature Part Five: Measures of Protection, from THE UNIVERSITY, a web series written & directed by Juliana Roth.

Juliana Roth


What does justice look like for students facing a Title IX tribunal at Middlebrook University?


Narratives thread together in THE UNIVERSITY, a web series following the aftermath of a sexual assault on a college campus. Told through the stories recounted to a Title IX tribunal, THE UNIVERSITY asks what justice might look like for survivors.

The series is an off-shoot of a feature script, WHAT WE KNOW, that placed as a semifinalist in the 2019 Atlanta Film Festival Screenwriting Competition, a finalist in the Socially Relevant Screenwriting Competition and the Lady Filmmaker’s Festival, a national finalist for a Hopwood Screenwriting Award in 2015, and advanced in 2016 as a web series pitch in YouTube’s partnership with Sundance. We hope for our series to generate conversation around the best practices for Title IX on college campuses and to offer support and connection for survivors who may feel isolated during the reporting process.

A scene from THE UNIVERSITY screened at the Center for the Education of Women’s Advocacy Conference featuring keynote speaker Laverne Cox and alongside the documentary LITTLE STONES by Emmy Award-winning director Sophia Kruz. Parts of the series are currently being used to train staff in the University of Michigan’s Hospital System on how to work more compassionately with survivors of sexual trauma with hopes of reaching more universities in the future.

Watch more episodes and learn more about THE UNIVERSITY here.

Read Juliana Roth's essay, "An Ending," in VIDA here.

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