Tuesday, March 17, 2015

LibGuide Created for "What is College For?"

In November, we began a series of programs examining the topic "What is College For?"  It’s a subject that has much significance for our future, both within the academe and outside it.  We need to hear from lots of stakeholders in this enterprise, and every single citizen is a stakeholder to one degree or another.  In Rich DeMillo and Andrew Delbanco, we’re inviting speakers who are leading national figures to weigh in on the subject, and we are screening a major documentary film, Ivory Tower, which has drawn much attention, especially with regard to the rising cost of higher education.

The recent program at UNCG with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and students from our iSchool program illustrated the message of Rich DeMillo earlier in the same week, that technology offers remarkable potential to bring education and learning to those who might not be able to get it in more traditional ways.  I don't usually introduce a personal perspective in these posts, but I was moved to hear at that program a student from Pilot Mountain, the child of a family in which no member had ever graduated high school, talk about how the iSchool helped him prepare and aspire to pursue a college program in civil engineering.  I am proud of UNCG’s role in helping him get there.

We have recently created a LibGuide to pull together information about our speakers, the film, and other thinking on the subject, and we invite your evaluation of these programs through a brief feedback survey found inside that LibGuide on the Feedback tab.

Monday, March 16, 2015

NSSF: New Short Film Festival

April 27, 2015 
March 30, 2015
February 23, 2015
all at 6 pm Digital Media Commons, Lower Level, Jackson Library

The Digital Media Commons and the Digital ACT Studio are hosting a New Short Film Festival (NSFF) on the last Monday of every month this semester. The events take place on the Lower Level of Jackson Library, and start at 6 p.m. The series is meant to inspire UNCG filmmakers to create, experiment, and make films that capture alternative viewpoints, display moving narratives, and embrace new filmmaking techniques. The gathering is meant to encourage filmmakers and enthusiasts to create experimental films that offer new perspectives, create inventive narratives, and make use of a variety of visual materials.

Part two of the four-part series was hosted by Media Studies Department Professor, Dr. Michael Frierson, on February 23rd.  Frierson screened his own work, along with the work of other students. The next part of the series will occur on March 30, and will feature video art made by Lee Walton, from the Art department. The final event of the series, will take place on April 27th. It will include an open air screen presentation of films selected for the NSFF Competition. There will be celebratory prizes and snacks at all the events.

All events are open to the UNCG community. To be selected for the April film festival event, you must have your entry submitted by March 10th NSFF Competition. For more information, go to: http://nsff2015.weebly.com/

Post prepared by By Shaquanna Suggs of The Digital ACT Studio