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MWF 3-4:30 p.m.
T/R 1-3 p.m.
- Ph.D/M.A.Bowling Green State University
B.A. Boston College
I like teaching at Simpson College because everyone from
President Simmons-who has more energy than a
nuclear power plant-
to the guy working to fix my office door,
to the students serving muffins and cappuccino
in Dirlam Lounge,
to the spacious professional architecture of the
Kent Campus Center,
to librarian Mary Peterson who teaches 21st century research skills,
to the friendly IT staff,
to registrar Jody Ragan who applies three dimensional chess to
schedules and rooms and majors and requirements shifting
at the speed of Einstein,
to the sun-filled mid-campus benches where time slows to
a voice pitching opera,
to a piano banging-out Chopin,
to a clarinet soothing-out Stranger on the Shore…
Everyone I meet here helps Simpson College students
not only put a dent in the universe
but to remake it,
Boston College (B.A.)
Communication and Theatre Studies
Introduction to Communication and Media Studies
“To obliterate the unwitting and unquestioning
acceptance and absorption of our ubiquitous
“Personal speaking in a public space.”
“There is more similarity in the marketing challenge of selling
a precious painting by Degas and a frosted mug of root beer
than you ever thought possible.”
-A. Alfred Taubman
Advertising’s Greatest Hits Assignment
We learn by studying how the best companies
with the best brands advertise. Beginning
Feb. 20 our eight advertising firms will present
the best ad ideas from our best companies.
The focus is on the best advertising concepts
and strategies specifically for targeted audiences.
It’s like a CSI show; take it apart, identify its
features, evaluate the effects. Rely upon analyses
from your own brainy configurations and of course
Your eight minute presentations should WOW us.
Gender Race Class in Media
“Radio, television, film and other products of media
culture provide materials out of which we forge our
very identities, our sense of selfhood, our notion of
what it means to be male or female, our sense of class,
of ethnicity and race, of nationality, of sexuality; and of
‘us’ and ‘them.’ Media images help shape our view of the
world and our deepest values: what we consider good
or bad, positive or negative, moral or evil.”
Research in Media and Communication Studies
Why this course called research?
My main objective or super objective is to light-up and
launch and redefine research the way PBS Sherlock
reinvented Sherlock Holmes.
I want to take it out of Plato’s cave and the mystery people in
white lab coats, and the James Bond villain stereotypes
(Dr. NO/Blofeld), and the hyperventilated vocabulary
lathered and blathered in ambiguity and the unfunky boredom
of the talky-talk classroom so that
RESEARCH BECOMES COOL!
This course is an attempt to provide a sketch with a picture,
a blueprint, guiding principles, comparisons, moments of
analysis, moments of introspection, attribution, recollection,
the applications of specific theories, factors, insights to avoid
stumbling into the relationship abyss we call home.
Went to the Music Box Theatre in Chicago to see White Christmas
with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney in glorious
VistaVision color. Never knew it was in color.
No color TV set until 1983.
Crystalline sharp print, HD insatiable, Avatar without the crayons,
Citizen Kane without the Xanadu, Casablanca without the Major Strasser.
My measure for a real movie theatre? Do they sell Snowcaps? No Snowcaps
NOT a real movie theatre, just an imposter, a poseur, a faker, a doppelganger.
SUDDENLY my daughter Caroline handed me a box of Snowcaps
from the concession stand. Rob gave me a big cup of hot chocolate.
YES A REAL MOVIE THEATRE. No heat, we froze with a
Courses at the Dutch college for 21 years
Understanding Mass Media
Introduction to Journalism
History of American Film
History and Criticism of Late Night Talk Shows
Television Criticism/The X-Files
In our research class (Jazmin) tells us about Whangdoodles
and her elementary school research.
My advertising students create hilarious commercials on YouTube.
What little talent I have gets a big boost from Simpson College students.
My latest marketing class divides into four teams and competes in
“Epic Battle of the Marketing Firms 27″
Surf Dawgs Won with the Blue Banana Campaign
Bruce Thome (Incomparable Strategizer)
Amy Palmer (Marketing Raconteur)
Lya Rivers (Graphics Intellectual and Big Picture Genius)
Won 80 medals since 2007.
Finished last in a number of events too (400 m).
Just learned how to swim the butterfly stroke.
I waited long enough.
Inga would star with George Clooney, if asked, and play backup for
Rob graduated from ISU and lives in Dallas, Works at FXCM.
Caroline is a grad student at The School of Journalism/University of Mizzou.
Working on a story called “Lost in Space with Sally Ride.”
“The Art of Criticism Toward the 21st Century-Art for Art’s Sake:
Interpreting Rock Music, the Novel and Film”
National Popular Culture Convention
San Antonio, Texas
“Hello Darkness My Old Friend, I’ve Come to Talk With You Again:
Interpreting Visions Not so Softly Creeping in The X-Files”
Southwest Popular Culture Conference
Texas Tech University
“Dreams in a Hat Box, Cactus Rose on a Coffin:
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance-A Cinema of Splendor in the Grass”
American West Film, Television and History Conference
Kansas City, Missouri