The Maurice L. Silverstein Cinema Studies Lectureship Fund

Cinema Studies and the Department of Communication are pleased to invite proposals requesting funds to support guest lectures, symposia, or courses in film studies. The Maurice L. Silverstein fund was created through the generous gift of Mrs. Rose Levy in memory of her child, Maurice L. Silverstein, a young pioneer in the filmmaking industry. The purpose of the fund is to advance the study and production of film.

Activities supported by the fund include, but are not limited to guest lectures, film exhibitions, critical or production workshops, and course programming. Silverstein funds can be used to pay for guest honoraria, travel, lodging; event-related costs such as a reception; or unusual costs specific to a symposium, course, or workshop (e.g. exhibition equipment).

1. Proposals should be sent to the chair of the committee, Professor Michael Syrimis at as a single pdf file with the following information:

  • Applicant name, department, and contact information
  • A brief description of the event and its value for film study/production at Tulane (1-2 pages)
  •  Detailed budget
  • CV of the participant(s)

There is no hard deadline for proposals. For small events, proposals should be submitted one or more months in advance and for large events, proposals should be submitted 1-3 years in advance.

2. The amount requested should be commensurate with the campus or academic impact of the event.

  • Individual guest lectures will receive less funding than a broadly publicized panel/conference/event.
  • Proposals for larger events should demonstrate collaboration with partners across or beyond Tulane and indicate additional sources of funding.

3. Once approved of funding, please email Ava L’Herisse at to arrange the transfer of funds to your unit.