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David Cronenberg visits interdisciplinary class

[David Cronenberg with students]Canadian director David Cronenberg addresses students’ questions earlier this month about the technical and social challenges of making films. (Photo by Bernard Clark)

Students in a second-year course spent one of their classes last month discussing cinema’s history, future and social relevance with critically acclaimed Canadian-born film director David Cronenberg.

“I found him very impressive in his intellectual and emotional investment in film as an art form that can challenge the dominant views we tend to take for granted, especially within the glossy industry of feature films; he questions the status quo without apology, censorship, or humility,” says Leslie Schroeter (Artsci ‘12), who is studying Global Development Studies.

The students enrolled in the course that Mr. Cronenberg visited represent a diversity of programs. They come from drama, film, art, music and other disciplines to participate in a uniquely interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary course.

The course, Interdisciplinary Studies 210: Arts in Society, is co-taught by Gary Kibbins (Film and Media) and Donato Santeramo (Languages, Literatures and Cultures), who bring guests to the class each week to present their work and participate in classroom discussion.

“A visit by someone students are studying or engaging with on paper or on screen brings an immediacy to the classroom and allows for a true dialogue,” says Dr. Santeramo, acting head of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. “The guests really encourage and stimulate debate and participation.”

Some of the questions students asked Mr. Cronenberg dealt with his screenplay Red Cars, which was never realized as a film. Dr. Santeramo co-edited a book edition of the screenplay presented at the 2005 Venice International Film Festival.

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