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Cristina Venegas is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies where she teaches courses related to history, criticism and theory with an emphasis on Latin American film and media. She is the author of Digital Dilemmas: The State, the Individual and Digital Culture in Cuba (Rutgers, 2010), which was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title of 2010 by Choice Review, and is co-editor of Digital Activism, Community Media, and Sustainable Communication in Latin America (Palgrave, 2020). Her current book project, Julio García Espinosa and the Imperfect Imagination, examines the global legacy of the eponymous Cuban filmmaker’s (1926-2016) theory, creative practice and cultural work. She is also co-editor of the Rutgers University Press book series Media Matters. She has curated numerous film programs and served as juror for several international film festivals and script competitions. In 2004, she co-founded the highly successful Latino CineMedia Festival in Santa Barbara in partnership with community artists and University leaders. Venegas also co-created a highly regarded filmmaking program for Santa Barbara high school students.