Farewell to Mike Steinberg

A crowd of people gathered in the foyer of the Winifred Moore Auditorium for Mike Steinberg's farewell reception on the evening of Wednesday, June 12. It was made up of community members, friends, alumni, faculty, staff, and Eric Rothenbuhler, the dean of the School of Communications.Mike Steinberg

James Harrison, who has worked with Steinberg throughout his 10-year stewardship of the Webster Film Series and will be replacing him as director, ran through a list of notable events and guests speakers. Highlights included Crispin Hellion Glover with Big Slide Show and What Is It?, Ray Dennis Steckler, with Rat Pfink a Boo Boo, D.A. Pennebaker, with Monterey Pop, Ray Harryhausen with Jason and the Argonauts, and Webster University Global Leader in Residence Steve James, with Hoop Dreams and three other films.

Special series included a Charlie Chaplin Festival, the films of David Lynch, the Celluloid Couch, the Multicultural Film Series, the Human Rights Film Series, and Classic French Film Festival.

Eric Rothenbuhler praised the thoughtful, intellect Mike brought to his work at Webster. He abandoned his formal remarks. With good humor, Rothenbuhler noted the similarities between his and Steinberg's careers and the artists with whom each had worked, such as John Waters, Reverend Billy, Albert Maysles, and others.Cake for Mike Steinberg's Retirement Party

After the guests were served cake and refreshments, Steinberg invited them inside the Winifred Moore auditorium for his remarks. His emotional message was heartfelt. He thanked former Dean Debra Carpenter and longtime chair of the department of Communications and Journalism Joe Schuster for the opportunities they had given him. Steinberg thanked everyone in the audience for their support over the years. He said that he had come to learn that involving the community is, in itself, a form of art, and one he hoped he could continue in his work at the International Wildlife Film Festival and The Roxy Theater in Missoula, Montana.

The evening concluded with a screening of one of Steinberg's favorite films, Being There.


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