Friday, March 21, 2014

Lessons from Hollywood

Popcorn & History
“Historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. said, ‘The fact that film has been the most potent vehicle of the American imagination suggests all the more strongly that movies have something to tell us, not just about the surfaces but about the mysteries of American life.’ Today’s movies also tell us a lot about the changing nature of teaching.” . . .

“As long-form journalism retreats, newspapers and television networks consolidate bureaus and the attention span for international news shrinks, the movies are a critical rough draft of history that affects higher education. It is imperative that Hollywood’s best pictures continue to get these stories right, because they lay the groundwork for the next generation's understanding of the world and help inform a basic narrative of our politics and policies for years to come.”

—Zach Messitte, president and political science professor, Ripon College, “History lessons, with popcorn, for America’s undergraduates,” The Los Angeles Times, Feb. 14, 2014

• Editorial Comment: Speaking of infamy, everything my kids know about WWII comes from “Pearl Harbor.”  

PeezPix by Ted Pease 
Ted, Leaving Tsunami Zone


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