The Film Studies Minor is here!
Toward the end of last semester, the Board of Regents approved the Film Studies Minor, which is comprised of courses from several different departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and is open to any student in the College of Arts and Sciences, regardless of his or her major.
The minor includes two core courses at the 2000-level, Introduction to the Art of Film and History and Theory of Film, and a choice from among a series of upper-level electives from departments including English and Philosophy, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Mass Communications and Theatre Arts, and Psychology. Students are required to take 18 credit hours to earn the minor, 12 hours of which must be from 3000 or 4000-level electives such as Screenwriting, Film as Culture, or Topics in National Film. These courses are designed to provide students with a solid background in the history, technical analysis, aesthetics and cultural significance of film. As an interdisciplinary minor, film studies encourages students to explore further the rich and diverse aesthetic, philosophical, historical, and cultural expressions articulated in films.
For anyone interested in the Film Studies Minor, we have set up a temporary website to provide students with more specific information about the minor (such as examples of syllabi for the two core courses and a list of upper division courses already in the catalogue that will count toward the 18 credits for the minor). If you would like to see this information, go to http://www.westga.edu/~bbrickma/Film/index.html. Also, if you have further questions, please e-mail Dr. Barbara Brickman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We welcome all students to the burgeoning new film community on campus!
--Dr. Barbara Brickman
Beal Lands Internship at Peachtree Publishers
Senior English major Melanie Beal recently landed an internship with Atlanta publishing house Peachtree Publishers. She found out about the internship by searching through Google, the white pages, and journalism and publishing sites. After a lot of digging, she eventually found an internship opportunity ad posted by Peachtree Publishers.
Beal interviewied with the company but was later notified that she did not receive the internship. “Although I was disappointed,” says Beal, “I wrote to the internship coordinator thanking her for her time. More importantly, I expressed my continued interest in the case of any openings and also asked to be considered for summer term.” Two weeks later, Beal received a call from Peachtree Publishers informing her of a publicity internship opening and offering her the position, which she accepted. “I think the initial inquiry and the thank you letters I had sent made all the difference,” says Beal.
Though Beal originally applied for an editorial internship, she is pleased with her new position. “I am thoroughly enjoying the publicity and marketing aspect and being able to interact with others in the field. Now, I am considering continuing in the publicity field,” says Beal.
Since starting at Peachtree Publishers, Beal has been responsible for certain aspects of event planning, writing promotional cover letters for books sent to reviewers, and assembling, editing, and distributing press kits for Peachtree authors. “I hope to continue to gain experience and knowledge about the field from those I come in contact with throughout my internship,” says Beal of her plans for the future. “I have no doubt now that I want to fully pursue the options available within the publishing field once I graduate.”
Davidson and Poch’s Hockey Haiku Released
Dr. Chad Davidson, along with friend John Poch, recently released a book of poetry entitled Hockey Haiku: The Essential Collection. Davidson traces the roots of the project back to graduate school at the University of North Texas and his in-line hockey league days. “They weren't much for poetry,” Davidson says of his teammates. “They would constantly chide me for writing. I have to credit them, though, with creating the hockey haiku, at first a way of lampooning my ‘other’ life.” The “life,” that is, of a poet.
Upon sharing his initial hockey haiku with Poch, the two began their years-long collaborative writing project. “After I moved away,” says Davidson, “John and I would only see each other a few times a year . . . Each time, we'd try to write as many haiku as we could . . . and after a few years of this nonsense we had nearly two hundred of the little guys . . . I never thought much about [publishing them] until John started sending them out to journals on a lark. I surely never thought any journal would be interested, but to my dismay they were. I remember one journal editor saying something to the effect of, ‘I'm taking these haiku. All of them. I don't know if they're genius or idiotic, but I'm taking them.’”
Davidson and Poch then had the idea to write a satirical scholarly introduction to their collection, modeling it after the introduction to Robert Hass’s The Essential Haiku (Ecco, 1995) “I'd hate for people to think we were out solely to satirize the scholarly anthology,” says Davidson. “Sure, we're poking fun, but as Cornel West said when he was at UWG, it's a ‘loving critique.’”
Hockey Haiku: The Essential Collection was released in September 2006 by St. Martin’s Press and is available for purchase from bookstores, online booksellers, or directly from St. Martin’s Press.