Charlene Gilbert, dean of the UT College of Arts and Letters, has been named a director of the governing board of WGTE Public Media.
She is one of four new directors whose terms began July 1 and will run through June 30, 2021.Gilbert has 20 years experience as an independent documentary filmmaker, teacher and scholar.
Her documentary films have been screened nationally on PBS and in film festivals across the country. Some of her best-known works include “Homecoming: Sometimes I Am Haunted by Memories of Red Dirt and Clay,” which is about African-American farmers and their struggle after the Civil War to own and farm land in the rural South, and “Children Will Listen,” which is about elementary school children planning and performing a junior production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” for the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Gilbert is a past recipient of Harvard University’s Radcliffe Fellowship, the Rockefeller Media Arts Fellowship and the American Council on Education Fellowship.
She has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Yale University and a master of fine arts in film and media arts from Temple University.