CITY, NY, October 2012—On November 7,
Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Adelphi University, Sam L Grogg,
Ph.D., will deliver the talk “Oscars Exposed: A Look Behind the Scenes.” The
event, sponsored by the Community Club of Garden City and Hempstead, will take
place at the Garden City Casino, 51 Cathedral Avenue in Garden City at 1:30
p.m. Guests passes are $5.00 and may be purchased at the door.
a member of the Motion Picture Academy for more than
twenty years, will present a behind the scenes look at how the Oscars are
determined, the work of the Academy and the influence of the Oscars on culture,
art and commerce. “The Oscars are
probably the most well known awards on the planet,” says Dr. Grogg. “It is really amazing how the votes of only a
few thousand members fascinate hundreds of millions around the globe.”
Grogg, the former dean of the School of Communication of the University of
Miami, became dean of Adelphi’s College of Arts and Sciences in June 2011. A
noted film producer whose financing and producing credits include Kiss of The Spider Woman and The Trip to Bountiful both pictures
garnering numerous Oscar nominations and receiving Best Actor and Best Actress
Academy Awards. He has executive produced or produced numerous theatrical and
television films, including DA, Patti Rocks and Spike of Bensonhurst. In 1989, he and Oscar-winning visual effects
artist John Dykstra founded Magic Pictures, where Dean Grogg was involved in
numerous visual effects productions, television commercials, large format presentations
for theme parks and other productions. He has been a member of the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts & Sciences since 1986 and was the founding dean of the
School of Filmmaking at the North Carolina School of the Arts.
University of Miami, Dean Grogg led numerous innovations, including expanding
its campus media, establishing the Knight Center for International Media,
executive produced One Water, a
television special narrated by Martin Sheen, and oversaw a complete revision of
the School’s curriculum while greatly increasing philanthropic support.
Over the course of his
career, Dean Grogg has won several prestigious awards, include being honored by
the Directors of the Online News Association for his work to advance multimedia
journalism in 2010; American Film Institute Board of Trustees in 2004 as the fourth
“Master” teacher and filmmaker to lead the Conservatory since its founding in
1967; William R. Butler Award for Support of Student Government in 2006; and
the Ray and Pat Browne Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to the
study of popular culture from the National Popular Culture Association in 2005.
Dean Grogg holds a Ph.D.
degree with a specialization in popular culture and film from Bowling Green University.
His wife, Susan, is a teacher, acting coach and former stage and motion picture
actress. Together, they have two children, Zubin and Brady.
For more about the College of
Arts and Sciences, visit http://academics.adelphi.edu/artsci/.
About Adelphi University: Adelphi is a world class, modern university with
excellent and highly relevant programs where students prepare for lives of
active citizenship and professional careers. Through its schools and
programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced
Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education,
University College, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, Schools of Nursing
and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate
degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi
University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 43 states and 45
foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in
Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University, chartered in 1896,
maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional
preparation and active citizenship.