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HPU Offers New Faculty Film Series To Extend Critical Thought; Discussion Beyond The Classroom

02.2.2011

HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 2, 2011 – High Point University is offering students the chance to catch up on their movie repertoire with a new Faculty Film Series, which is being held in the Extraordinaire Cinema on campus during the spring semester. Films included in the series highlight various topics chosen by faculty.

With the redesign of critical reading and interpretation classes within the English Department at HPU, professors were asked to organize classes around a specific theme. In the fall semester, Dr. Jim Casey, assistant professor of English, chose to teach two classes organized around “Cyborgs and Hyperreality.” Along with the class, Casey included a showing of the film “Inception” in the Extraordinaire Cinema followed by a discussion with students and faculty. The overwhelming success of the experience prompted the department to continue with a full faculty film series for this semester.

According to Casey, films featured in the series were selected by professors to augment classroom readings based on subjects such as adaptation, Jewish-American literature, gothic literature, multi-ethnic literature, social justice, graphic novels, and Shakespeare.

At each showing, the featured film is introduced and screened. Following the film, attendees are invited to join in a short discussion with the film hosts.

Films already shown in the series include “Rashomon,” led by Matthew Fiander; and ?Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,? led by Matthew Fiander and Dr. Jim Casey.

Upcoming films include:

? Feb. 3 ? “To Kill a Mockingbird,” led by Marjorie Church;
? Feb. 15 ? “Dracula,” led by Karen Summers;
? Feb. 24 ? “School Ties,” led by Gaillynn Clements;
? March 1  ? “Adaptation,” led by Matthew Fiander;
? March 24 ? “Rebecca,” led by Karen Summers;
? March 29 ? “Smoke Signals,” led by Dr. Kirstin Squint and Matthew Fiander;
? April 5 ? “Down Home: Jewish Life in NC,” led by Gaillynn Clements;
? April 12 ? “Renaissance,” led by Dr. Jim Casey;
? April 20 ? “The New World,” led by Dr. Kirstin Squint and Dr. Joseph Goeke;
? April 21 ? “The Tempest,” led by Matthew Fiander and Dr. Jim Casey; and
? April 26 ? “Persepolis,” led by Dr. Jim Casey.

“Our goal for the series is to offer HPU students an opportunity to see some really interesting films and to extend critical thought and intellectual discussion beyond the classroom,” Casey says. “We want to show students that the critical reading skills they are learning in class can be applied to everyday experiences and can enrich their lives in the process. Critical thinking isn’t limited to the classroom; it can be an integral part of every experience–even just going to the movies.”

Although each film is connected to specific English courses, Casey says that any student is welcome to attend both the films and the discussions and encourages those who are interested to come and check out the series.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.  

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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