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Faculty forum on video in the curriculum - Thursday October 20th, Noon to 2:00 pm

The Rutgers University Libraries invite faculty members and teaching assistants to a lunchtime discussion forum on faculty's use of video in the classroom and in their research. The forum will include presentations by three faculty members and a moderated open discussion. Lunch will be provided to attendees on all three campuses.

The forum will be held on Thursday October 20th, from noon to 2:00 pm, in the Remegio U. Pane Room on the 1st floor of Alexander Library. This event will be teleconferenced to the Paul Robeson Library on the Camden campus and the John Cotton Dana Library on the Newark campus.

The forum is designed to solicit faculty perspectives on how and why they use video, its impact on their teaching and scholarship, how they identify relevant titles, where they obtain video content, and how the Libraries might support increased faculty use of video.

Featured faculty speakers are:

For more information on this event, please send email to Jane Otto at or call 732/445-5904.

Space is limited and reservations are encouraged. To RSVP, please send your name, dept., contact information, and any food preferences to by October 17th.

Rutgers' professor Louisa Schein with students in her Fall 2011 class.

"It's a challenge to get undergraduates, who take the video material at face value, to look at the videos critically as texts reflecting points of view just like the texts they read. But they appreciate very much acquiring these critical skills."
     Louisa Schein, Anthropology and
      Women's Studies, Rutgers

"The overwhelming majority of students state in their evaluations that they like the use of films, (because) films help to clarify issues, make substantive points, and round-out material that is presented in lectures and readings."
     Richard Wilson, Emeritus, Political Science

"Students often spend far more time exposed to television and movies than they do to printed texts, yet they are far less equipped by their academic training to deal critically with those visual texts so central to our culture. I believe that students at every stage of their education from pre-school through graduate school should be taught how film and television work, and how best to understand and interpret those texts."
     Leslie Fishbein, American Studies
      and Women's Studies

Posted September 15, 2011; September 19, 2011