Leonard CortanaAdjunct Instructor
Leonard Cortana is a doctoral candidate in the cinema studies department at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. He holds undergraduate degrees in comparative politics and Spanish from Sciences Po Aix en Provence (France) and a EU Commission NOHA Masters degree in humanitarian assistance from Deusto University (Spain). Cortana also earned a BA in cinema and aesthetics from Sorbonne University Paris 1. Cortana has conducted arts and education projects with non-profits and UN agencies in Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Australia, and Bulgaria. He became a trainer for European Commission Youth Program projects and designed methodologies in theatre, storytelling, and cinema for social inclusion. Cortana teaches France on Film: A Historic Perspective from France's Great Film Directors at NYUSPS in the Center for Applied Liberal Arts.
Watch classic French films and reflect on how they are responsible for creating a mythologized understanding of French history.