Dr. Mónica Torres

9 AM | Opening Ceremony

Abstract: We’ll go over, in broad strokes, classic three act American film structure, generally as it incorporates the idea of The Hero’s Journey, then specifically as that applies to the Peter Jackson film, The Fellowship of the Ring. Consideration will be given to how the creative process can be enhanced, working within a well delineated structure. Finally these lessons will be extended to our real lives: How can you apply the structural elements of the screenplay to achieve the goal of your own personal Hero’s Journey? What is your Ordinary World? Have you had an Inciting Incident yet? Can you create one? Who are your Threshold Guardians, and how do you find them? Not sure we can always find the answers, but asking the questions is a good starting framework.

Dr. Mónica Torres has been at Doña Ana Community College for eight years—first, as vice-president for academic affairs and, since 2018, as president. Prior to that, she was an associate professor in the English department at NMSU focusing on 20th century uses of word and image in both academic and popular cultures as they shaped our understanding of race/ethnicity, gender, and class in the United States.

As DACC’s president, she is marshalling the college’s efforts to ensure that residents in the region can not only access the resources at DACC but can benefit from their experience at the college.

That work includes supporting learning environments that are healthy and productive; cultivating resources that support student success; embracing technologies that deepen student learning and enhance their employment prospects. Torres has a long history with non-profits in Las Cruces including serving on the board that founded the Mesilla Valley Film Society at the Fountain Theatre.

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