Dru BurtzAUR’s multitalented new Associate Dean of Academic Administration, Dru Burtz, will offer a short talk, An Undergraduate Story, to introduce herself to the AUR community. She will tell the background story of the making of a documentary, Yuan Yunsheng: Portrait of an Artist, when she was an undergraduate student at Tufts University. The 20 minute documentary, which will be screened, chronicles Yuan Yunsheng’s painting of a 74 foot mural, Two Ancient Chinese Tales-Blue + Red + Yellow = White?. The story of the mural is one of destruction and rebirth, referencing traditional Chinese myths, but reinterpreted to reflect modern historical narratives. Juxtaposed with Yuan’s painting of the mural, he recounts the story of the mural, offering his philosophy and some glimpses into Chinese life during the Cultural Revolution.
 
Bio
Dru Burtz, MA, MBA has over twenty five years of professional experience in Rome, Italy, almost exclusively with higher education study programs. Before joining AUR as the Associate Dean of Academic Administration she was the Director and Assistant Dean of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business MBA Program at St. John’s University Rome Campus. Prior to this experience she was the Associate Director of St. John’s University Undergraduate Rome Programs. At the start of her university career she was the Administrative Manager of the University of Arkansas Rome Center.
 
Earlier experiences in the US included work as the Associate Director of a not-for-profit local public access television station, Channel L NYC, Curatorial Assistant at the American Museum of the Moving Image (Astoria, NY) and Courseware Developer Consultant at Avid Technology (Tewksbury, MA). During this period she made short films.
 
Dru received an MBA from St. John’s University Rome Campus (thesis: A Survey of Sustainable Development: Understanding the Complexities and Contradictions) an MA in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research (thesis: The Hollywoodization of Cinecittà: The Impact of American Film Imperialism on the Italian Film Culture) and a BA in English from Tufts University.

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