Summer Abroad Ireland - Instructors

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Filmmaking in Ireland

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Jesse Drew

Jesse Drew is a filmmaker and media specialist whose work focuses on new media technology and public communications strategies. His film and media work has been exhibited internationally and his writings have appeared in numerous publications and journals as well as several anthologies, including Resisting the Virtual Life (City Lights Press), Reclaiming San Francisco: History, Politics, Culture (City Lights Press), At a Distance (MIT Press) and Collectivism After Modernism (University of Minnesota). He is currently Professor of Cinema and Digital Media at UC Davis.

A Message to Students and Parents

I have a deep interest in Ireland due to its rich literary traditions; its historical significance in the European arena and the impact of the Irish diaspora on American contemporary history. Ireland’s spectacular geographies and the dichotomies of both its remote rural villages and its bustling metropolises make it a particularly rich subject for film production.

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Glenda Drew

Glenda Drew creates media projects that include layers of oral history, image and text and her work has been exhibited internationally. From documentary to live cinema, from 3D viewmaster reels to scratch-and-sniff trading cards, drew’s projects create messages that contribute new ways of looking at history, culture, and meaning. The primary themes in Drew’s work include social justice for underserved populations, immigrant labor, and the interplay of technology with culture. Her current projects include filming and editing a documentary on American Country Music and a photographic exploration of food workers, including waitresses and truckdrivers. She is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Design at UC Davis.

A Message to Students and Parents

Two of my grandparents were born on the West Coast of Ireland—both immigrated to Chicago as teenagers to escape dire economic conditions. I have had a lifelong fascination with the country to which neither grandparent ever returned. After traveling through Ireland during my own summer abroad program in college, I became an Irish Citizen. I have experienced Ireland both as a returning family member (of Galway farmers) and as a tourist. Many aspects of Irish history and culture fascinate travelers, especially as evidenced by a sense of deep time that is markedly different from Davis. From the ancient (burial mounds) to the just plain old (stone fences) to the contemporary (sushi restaurants in Dublin), Ireland is rich with layers of history and meaning.

What Students Are Saying

  • “Both professors are helpful, always kind, know what they're teaching and they guided us when making our films. They are both patient, kind, helpful, understanding.”
  •  “Jesse and Glenda treat you like a mature human being. They are genuinely extremely kind people and there is nothing I would change about them. Both are amazing instructors and people. My study abroad experience would not have been the same without them!”
  •  “They are exceedingly helpful and approachable. They are dream instructors to have for study abroad program!”