Collaboration Leads to Gold Aurora Award

Using a grant award from the Michigan Humanities Council, Western Michigan University's Department of Anthropology collaborated with the University's Media Services to produce "A Militia Muster on the Eve of Revolution," a thirty minute documentary on 18-century colonial and frontier life. This documentary has earned WMU a 2013 Gold Aurora Award. The Aurora Awards is an international film and video competition designed to recognize excellence. It seeks highlight products, programs and commercials that typically do not have access to international competitions.

In addition to being acknowledged with the Aurora Award, this announcement is also exciting because it involved WMU faculty, staff and alumni. The award-winning documentary was co-produced by Dr. Michael Nassaney, professor of archaeology and Stephen Kettner '76 '90, media producer and alumnus of WMU's School of Communication. David Tabor '10, also an alumnus of WMU's School of Communication with a minor in sociology was second cameraman on the project.