John C. Tibbetts is an Associate Professor in the Department of Film & Media Studies at the University of Kansas, where he teaches courses in film history, media studies, and theory and aesthetics. He is an author, educator, broadcaster, as well as an artist and pianist. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in Multi-Disciplinary Studies (Art History, Theater, Photography and Film).
As a broadcaster and journalist and scholar he has hosted his own television show in Kansas City, Missouri; worked as a news reporter/ commentator for CBS Television (KCTV) and National Public Radio; produced classical music programming for KXTR-FM radio; written (and illustrated) ten books, more than 200 articles, and several short stories.
His most recent books are Peter Weir: Interviews and Douglas Fairbanks And The American Century.
Recent invited conference appearances include "The Robert Schumann Bicentenary Conference" in Zwickau, Germany (2010). . . The International Popular Culture Conference in Warsaw, Poland (July 2012). . . and the "Portland International Piano Festival" in Portland (5-8 June 2014).
He has just returned from a sabbatical trip to Australia, where he researched a forthcoming book on Australian cinema.
THIS "CONCERT OF GUNFIRE" DEPICTS HECTOR BERLIOZ CONDUCTING A PARTICULARLY NOISY ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE! MY PAINTING IS A FREE INTERPRETATION OF A FRENCH ENGRAVING FROM 1846. THE BOOK IS A COMPENDIUM OF MY INTERVIEWS WITH FIFTY CLASSICAL AND POPULAR MUSICIANS TALKING ABOUT THEIR INSTRUMENTS AND THEIR REPERTOIRE. IT WILL BE PUBLISHED NEXT FALL 2018.
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