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The American Cultural Center Presents a Lecture Byamerican Tv Director & Fulbright Senior Specialistroger S. Christiansenmay 25, 2005

PR0518E | Date: 2005-05-20

The American Cultural Center is pleased to announce a lecture titled "American Situation Comedies - A Director's Perspective" by well known TV director and Fulbright Scholar Mr. Roger S. Christiansen at the American Cultural Center on Wednesday, May 25, 2005 at 2:30-4:30 p.m.   The American Cultural Center is located at RM. 2101, 21F, International Trade Building, No. 333, Keelung Road, Section 1, Taipei.  The public is welcome to attend this free lecture.

One of the most significant inventions of the twentieth century- the television- has changed the way people receive information and find entertainment.  As one of the world's largest producers of television programming worldwide, the United States has pioneered various forms of television entertainment including the popular American Situation Comedy or "sitcom."  Mr. Roger S. Christiansen, an outstanding professional in American TV production, will talk about the cultural background and history of American sitcoms, its impact and future at the public lecture.

Mr. Roger S. Christiansen has been a professor at the University of Southern California since 1987, at the Columbia University 1981-87, at the Escuela Internacional de Cine Y TV, Cuba since 1992, also a director at the O'Neill National Theatre Institute 1975-1990, as well as a guest lecturer at many institutes such as the Taiwan Film Center, Tokyo University of Technology, and now a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Taiwan.  As director of numerous sitcoms, such as the world famous "Friends" and several others such as: "Joey," "Suddenly Susan," "Mad About You", and  "Murphy Brown," he has helped to shape American popular entertainment for years. 

Mr. Christiansen received a grant to work with Taiwan students and faculty under The Fulbright Senior Specialist Program.  This is an initiative to help U.S. faculty and professionals collaborate with their counterparts in other countries.  The Fulbright Program was the vision of Senator J. William Fulbright to promote the "mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries of the world.  Since 1946, The Fulbright Program has served as a vital link - academic, profession and personal- between the United States and people in more than 140 other countries.  

To attend this lecture, please call to reserve a seat before May 24, 2005, Tel:  2723-3959, ext. 227 or 214.

For more information about this program, please visit the AIT website at