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Screening New Zealand: Cinema, Globalization, and CAT

Program canceled for summer 2022

We hope to offer this program again in a future summer.



Phoebe Bronstein

Prof. Pheobe Bronstein wearing sunglassesDr. Bronstein is the Director of Academic Programs in Sixth College and an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Culture, Art, and Technology Program. She most often teaches classes on media history, race, and gender and her research focuses on intersections of race, gender, and place in American TV.  Even though she studies American TV, she is an avid watcher of New Zealand murder mysteries and has been waiting for an excuse to teach about and travel in New Zealand. When not teaching or watching TV (obviously for work), you might find her walking and hiking all over San Diego. She has lived all over the US and loves to travel (when she was in college, she studied abroad for a year in England through EAP!) and is a big believer in study abroad.



This Global Seminar will be centered in Wellington, New Zealand--sometimes referred to as Wellywood (i.e. Hollywood in New Zealand). Wellington is an incredible city, full of cultural history, and a huge hub of film culture, eco-tourism, and a meeting point of diverse stories of travel from around the world. The program will include excursions like a ferry trip  to Matiu Somes Island Reserve and a visit to Weta Cave Workshop and Miniature Effects Tour, and a weekend excursion to the South Island. We will also have a chance to volunteer in Wellington, to help offset our carbon footprint. Through walks and trips to museums and excursions, Wellington and New Zealand will be our classroom.  We will spend ample time walking and wandering around Wellington and learning about topics ranging from Maori filmmaking and how film history is made and preserved, to understanding the ins and outs of environmental tourism and the impact of the global cinema economy in a city like Wellington. If you love to hike, talk about travel, watch movies, and have ever wanted to check out New Zealand, then you should join us!


This Global Seminar is for those interested in engaging with diverse ideas and stories surrounding migration, colonization, environmental justice, travel, media, and ideas of  nationhood. It is for anyone interested in film, travel, and writing and talking about any and all those things. This program fulfils Sixth College GEs (including CAT 125) and includes an upper division literature course. Anyone interested in New Zealand and Maori cinemas, histories of colonization, resistance, and travel should participate. Lovers of movies and anyone curious about global Hollywood industries will also enjoy this program.

Information Sessions

  • Wednesday, Jan. 12, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
  • Register here for the live Zoom link, and/or to get the post-session recording.

See the Info Session Calendar


Departure from U.S.: Sat., June 25, 2022
Arrival: Sun., June 26, 2022
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., June 27, 2022
First Day of Class: Mon., June 27, 2022
Last Day of Class: Fri., July 29, 2022
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., July 30, 2022


  • Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed. All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program has been confirmed by reaching minimum enrollment. 
  • Because of the evolving COVID-19 situation, when you do buy tickets, we strongly encourage you to purchase refundable plane tickets or flight cancellation insurance.
  • Consider purchasing carbon offsets for your flight through your airline.
  • Arrival instructions will be posted here once the program is confirmed.
  • The Study Abroad Office will be hosting several flight workshops to provide tips and advice on flight purchases. Check the Study Abroad Calendar for more information.
  • Our overseas partner requires that all students be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to participate in this program. The provider will request verification during the pre-departure process. No refunds will be given for failure to comply.