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Professor Brings Oscar-Nominated Friend to UNH

A professor worked with the screenwriter of "Black Sawn."

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    Professor Brings Oscar-Nominated Friend to UNH
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    HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 27: Actress Natalie Portman accepts the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role for the 'Black Swan' from presenter Jeff Bridges onstage during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Natalie Portman;Jeff Bridges

    A professor at the University of New Haven is using his ties to a big-name Hollywood screenwriter
    to give his students a once in a lifetime opportunity.

    Students in the Communications and Television and Film Departments at the school will be treated
    to a lecture and Q and A session with screenwriter John McLaughlin, who is best known as the
    screenwriter of the Oscar-winning film "Black Swan."

    In 1993 Paul Falcone, the Director of Instructional and Institutional Media at the University of
    New Haven, produced the film "Death Collector" that McLaughlin wrote.

    The university often brings in established working professionals to speak to the students
    but McLaughlin is probably the biggest name guest they have had, Falcone said.

    "We are trying to build our film program," Falcone said. "Currently, we have about 100 students
    majoring in communications."

    Natalie Portman won the Oscar for Best Actress for her performance as Nina in the film. It was also
    nominated in four other categories, including Best Picture.

    McLaughlin will be speaking at Dodds Theater today, March 7, at 2 p.m. The University has opened
    the lecture to all students and faculty at the school.