On the Digital Road

Recently, I have begun to ponder the question of whether or not all institutions of higher learning need to offer online classes. Small liberal arts colleges, like Morehouse and Spelman, seem to have missions of developing the whole person that would preclude them from allowing anyone to get a full degree online. However, even if one cannot get a full degree, I think that small liberal arts colleges need to think about what certificate programs and individual classes might be offered in some sort of hybrid fashion using existing technology. These articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education seem to suggest that all universities need to have an online plan. I fully agree.

Movies I Want to See

My students joke that I hate all movies. That is a little bit of an exaggeration, but it seems like in some ways it is partially true. I seem to find little of value in mainstream Hollywood cinema. There is much talk about The Butler and I will probably see it and it probably will be as good as I’ve heard. However, I am not excited about it. It is rare that I see a movie that lives up to the hype. I am a little opposed to movies like The Butler and 42 on principle.
One film that I am looking forward to is called Mother of George. It features non-Americans and seems to involve clever cinematography. I think that small movies like this remind me that if not for their presence, as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reminds us, “we are at danger of believing in a single story.” The film adaptation of Adichie’s Half a Yellow Sun is definitely on my watch list too.

Mother of George Trailer

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