Multimedia Multicultural Storytelling: Why It Matters

Journalists Natalia Muñoz and Mary Patierno will discuss their collaborative work spotlighting the areas of sexual assault, militarization, and women.
portraits of Natalia Muñoz and Mary Patierno
Mar. 28, 2017
12:30 pm
de Witt Lecture Hall (106), Zabriskie Hall

The Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies programs present "Multimedia Multicultural Storytelling: Why it Matters." Join two multimedia journalists, Natalia Muñoz and Mary Patierno, for a presentation on their collaborative multimedia multicultural work in the areas of sexual assault, militarization, and women warriors. This event will take place at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in the de Witt Lecture Hall, Zabriskie 106. Free and open to the public.

Natalia Muñoz is a multimedia journalist who has worked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States. Her articles and opinion columns have appeared in English and Spanish publications such as The Associated Press, The New York Daily News, The San Juan Star, El Vocero and Ms. Magazine. Currently, she hosts the Vaya con Muñoz radio program in Northampton, MA; contributes to El Sol Latino monthly newspaper and to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Muñoz founded and directs Verdant Multicultural Media, a communications, engagement, outreach and marketing company with a focus on cultural competence to effectively engage communities of color. Verdant creates online, print and broadcast communications strategies and campaigns, conducts ethnographic research to inform the campaigns and delivers a range of creative products.

She also cofounded The Cultural Change Project to end sexual harassment of girls and women. The Project is a multimedia and multicultural campaign against catcalling, a sexist form of bullying, intimidation and sexualization and ubiquitous and mostly unquestioned violation of human rights. Muñoz is also chair of the Northampton Human Rights Commission and member of the Markham-Nathan Fund for Social Justice.

Mary Patierno is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a founder of Reel Communication, a video production company specializing in business branding, promotional and marketing videos. She is a long time instructor in the MFA Photo, Video and Related Media Department at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.  She was a 1989 and 2002 recipient of an artist fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and co-produced and curated the W.O.W. (Women One World) Women’s Film and Video Festival in NYC from 1988 to 1994.

Her film, Vieques: Worth Every Bit of Struggle, won Best Documentary at the New Vision Award (2005) from New Screen TV. Her documentary, The Most Unknowable Thing, was selected as part of The New Documentaries  (2000) series at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. It was nominated for a 2000 International Documentary Association (IDA) Achievement Award and was awarded Outstanding Documentary Feature at Outfest ’99 in Los Angeles, the Reelings ’99 Film and Video Festival in Chicago, and The Miami Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.  It also won Best Documentary Short and the Audience Award at Reel Affirmations Film and Video Festival in Washington, DC.


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