Authors of “The Promise” to present workshop as part of “Heads Are Turning, Children Are Learning” Event – May 23, 2015

Please join Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dawn Comer Jefferson for Literacy Day at the California African American Museum. We will be doing a workshop for kids as well as readings from our book, The Promise. Signed copies of The Promise will also be available for purchase.

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The day includes several local authors offering writing workshops and book signings, celebrities reading books, art and crafts, book giveaways and music. And there will be a lunch truck on the premises.

We hope to see you there!

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Heads Are Turning, Children Are Learning – California African-American Museum Celebrates Children’s Literacy

Since 2004, in celebration of National Children’s Book Week, we present local Los Angelels authors and celebrity readers in CAAM’s galleries. The activities of the day also include an arts and crafts workshop, literacy workshops, face-painting, and book giveaways for families in attendance.

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The Promise Co-Author, Dawn Comer Jefferson, presents at 2014 CAAM Literacy Day Event

Saturday, May 23, 2015
11am – 4 pm

Free and open to the public. Parking: $10.

The California African American Museum is easily accessible from the Metro Expo line using the Exposition Park/USC Station. (See map below)

RSVP preferred: 213.744.2024

California African American Museum
600 State Drive Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA 90037


Scenes from 2014 CAAM Literacy Day Event


Event: “How Who Redefined Masculinity – The Doctors and their Male Companions” at Cal Poly Pomona

At Cal Poly Pomona Today for “How Who Redefined Masculinity – The Doctors and their Male Companions” #doctorwho

Cal Poly Pomona University Library Classroom 1807, First Floor



News: On Television and Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch podcast now available on iTunes

Since I am starting the new Mindful(l) Media podcast for 3rd Pass Media, I figured I should also make all my other presentations available as a podcast. Hence, here is On Television and Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch, newly added to the iTunes Podcast Directory

Subscribe today and you’ll get all new videos and audio podcasts directly on your computer, iPad, or iPhone each time I publish a new show.

On Television and Media with Dr. Rosanne Welch


Rosanne receives mention in the Orange County Register

A short update on various university-related news in the Orange County Register mentions Dr. Rosanne Welch this week.


(Dr.) Rosanne Welch, adjunct communications lecturer in radio, TV and film, spoke about student-centered pedagogy (teaching theory) and using art in adaptation in education at the Critical Questions in Education conferences presented by the Academy for Educational Studies in San Diego. — “Bravo: University Accomplishments”, Orange County Register, February 24, 2015

You can watch Dr. Welch’s portion of this talk in this YouTube Video

Using Film Adaptation Techniques to Teach Classic Books with Dr. Rosanne Welch

Event: The Flip Side of Feminism: Masculinity Across the 12 Doctors with Dr. Rosanne Welch – April 21, 2015

In time and space, the Doctor Who series lecture returns…

The Flip Side of Feminism: Masculinity Across the 12 Doctors

Presented by Doctor Rosanne Welch


Tuesday, April 21

Cal Poly Pomona University Library
Room 1807, First floor

Fan Fiction Writing Workshop with Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dr. Melissa Aaron for National Library Week – April 9, 2015


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Dr. Melissa Aaron and Dr. Rosanne Welch

Fan Fiction Workshop

Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dr. Melissa Aaron
Invite you to write fan fiction!

Thursday, April 9 — 12:00pm–1:00pm

Cal Poly Pomona
University Library – Fourth Floor
Library Special Collections

Rosanne moderates Talkback Tuesday panel on “The Whipping Man” at the Pasadena Playhouse

On Tuesday February 24th, I had the great pleasure of moderating a Talkback Tuesday panel at the Pasadena Playhouse that followed a performance of The Whipping Man by Matt Lopez.

Joining me for the discussion “Writing Race for Television and the Stage” were Walter Allen Bennett, Jr., whose credits include writing for The Cosby Show and 704 Hauser Street, and executive producing The Steve Harvey Show and Ralph Remington, a director-producer who has served as a Director at the National Endowment for the Arts and an Assistant Executive Director of Actors’ Equity who also founded the Pillsbury House Theatre in Minneapolis where he staged such shows as The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window (by Lorraine Hansberry) and Streetcar Named Desire (by Tennessee Williams).

(L-R: Victor Vasquez, Dr. Rosanne Welch, Walter Allen Bennett, Jr, Ralph Remington)

We discussed the lack of variety in the types of African American characters who populate our stages and screens and the need for more and more unique stories to be told so that the stereotypes can be broken in the next generation. We also tried to address the ways writers of all colors can write about characters of all colors respectfully. The audience was highly moved by the spirituality of the play and wanted to know more about the small number of Jewish slaveholders in the south –what happened to their slaves and their faith after the Civil War ended and, particularly, why people who praised Moses for bringing their ancestors out of slavery would ever maintain the practice themselves. That’s when I knew that our education system is failing in this area because no one realized the deep financial need for accepting and adapting to that labor system if one wanted to be wealthy as a Southerner.

Later in the discussion the cast joined us on stage as well. With Charlie Robinson, who played Simon (and once guest starred on Touched by an Angel) we discussed the deep research he conducted to create the role of a slave steeped in Judaism and the quality of roles available to African Americans and the difficulty in choosing well to build a career. He made some jokes about his earlier work in Night Court and we ran out of time before I could remind him that on that program all the characters were equally comical so his clerk was not merely there to create laughs. I then asked Adam Hass Hunter, who played Caleb the Jewish Confederate soldier dying of gangrene how much true history of slavery had been taught to him in his K-12 public school education as a child in Kentucky. As expected, he had no real memories of ever being taught the truth about slavery and had to conduct similar research.

(L-R: Walter Allen Bennett, Jr, Dr. Rosanne Welch, Ralph Remington, Victor Vazquez)


Before the play we all met with the Associate Artistic Director of the Playhouse, Seema Sueko and had a great time discussing the status of the industry (television) and our individual histories of involvement with the play A Raisin in the Sun, which we had all worked on at some point in our careers. We also chatted about how ‘white’ writers can avoid knowing anything about African American history and still survive in an artistic world but African Americans must know about mainstream history in order to work. I was reminded of the TED Talk by Chimimanda Adiche on “The Dangers of a Single Story” that I share with my MFA screenwriting students.

Thanks to Victor Vasquez, the Community Organizer, for inviting me and to my various students who came out to attend the show and join in the discussion.

News: Dr. Welch Advises New “Doctor Who” Club on Cal Poly Pomona campus

A bit of news from the Cal Poly Post today — Rosanne

New club to ‘save the world in the name of the Doctor’

News: Dr. Welch Advises New


Professors Peg Lamphier and Rosanne Welch are the advisors for the Whovian Society. Saeed was easily able to get both of them to back the club.
“I had Dr. Welch in IGE 120, and she does ‘Doctor Who’ lectures on campus,” said Saeed. “We did an introductory activity in IGE where it really helped us to who we understand who we are. Since I already made a Whovian Society back in high school, that’s also what I talked about.

“Dr. Lamphier is a really good friend to Dr. Welch, and they both work really well together. It was a given that Dr. Lamphier should be our second advisor.”

Welch has been a fan of the show since high school.

“I watched it in the 70s with my college [and] high school friends,” said Welch. “When it was rebooted in 2005, I naturally came back to it. I found it was an interesting, well-written show.”

Welch believes that the show is beneficial for anyone to watch.

“I think it’s a positive show,” said Welch. “A lot of science fiction [television shows] focus on apocalyptic, end-of-the-world zombies eating us stuff, and [the Doctor] focuses on providing the change that will makes the worlds that he visits better.”


Read the entire article in The Poly Post