Spring 2013 Course Listing at Westchester
Friday, February 22 - April 19
Film Fridays: A Fateful Crossroads - Where Great Films Encounter Nature
11:00 - 2:00 p.m. | Robert Spiegelman
In this course, we will watch and discuss pairs of visionary films that explore one of the great challenges of our times -- society’s encounter with nature. These award-winning choices include both feature films and great documentaries, which reflect today’s “golden age” of documentaries. The pairings offer contrasting visions of mankind’s combined prowess and peril and present us with an artist or advocate at the top of his game who wrestles with this challenge with total integrity. Of special interest are Ken Burns’ newest PBS documentary and Behn Zeitlin’s innovative Oscar-nominated feature film. It is strongly recommended that students try to view the films at home since the class will only review and discuss substantial excerpts from each. Readings and lectures will introduce students to concepts from the newest branch of the social sciences - environmental sociology
· Cave of Dreams (Werner Herzog, 2011) and Into Eternity. (Michael Madsen, 2010)
· Nostalgia for the Light (Patricio Guzman, 2011) and The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
· Oklahoma (Fred Zinneman, 1955), The Dust Bowl (PBS/Ken Burns, 2012), and The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford, 1940)
· Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974) and The Descendants (Alexander Payne, 2011)
· Even the Rain (Iciar Bollain, 2011) and The Last Wave (Peter Weir, 1977)
· Gasland I and II. (Josh Fox, 2011 / 2012)
· When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee, 2006) and Beasts of the Southern Wild (Behn Zeitlin, 2012)
Robert Spiegelman, Ph.D. City University of New York will be the ongoing Interlocutor for the Summer Film Program and is one of our experienced instructors. A sociologist, he has incorporated film for years as an integral part of all of his courses at Fordham, Long Island University, and the College of Staten Island. He is an accomplished statewide public speaker with the New York Council for the Humanities. He has been teaching an innovative series of sociology/film courses at Fordham’s College at 60, teaches Sociology of Media at Fordham Rose Hill, and is proud to be an original member of Fordham’s groundbreaking Excel Program, a pioneer in lifelong learning and adult education. Spiegelman is a screenwriter and creative producer, with several feature film and documentary projects under development.
Jon Goodman, J.D. Vanderbilt University School of Law, who will act as an advisor for the Summer Film Program, is a two-time Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and producer. He has written, produced, directed or supervised more than 300 hours of programming for broadcast and exhibition in the United States and abroad. His most recent film, Freedom Songs: The Music of the Civil Rights Movement, aired on PBS sta¬tions nationwide in 2009–2010. In addition to writing, producing, and directing, Goodman is the author of The Kennedy Mystique: Creating Camelot (Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Books, 2005); and, since 2006, adjunct professor of the arts at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Film Program.
The Westchester Campus of Fordham University is located at: 400 Westchester Avenue, West Harrison, NY 10604