Category Archives: Past Semesters

Weeks 8 and 9: Documentary and Film

Documentary Feature
Born Into Brothels (2004)
Link: Kids With Cameras

Film Short
I Want to Be a Pilot (2006)

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Alzheimer’s Society

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William Utermohlen – Self Portrait
1967

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William Utermohlen – Self Portrait
2000

Alzheimer’s society is a membership organisation made up of over 20,000 members. They are working to improve the quality of life of people that are affected by dementia in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Many of their members have personal experience of dementia, either as carers, people with dementia themselves and health professionals. This allows for a wide spectrum of insight and expertise that is channelled into making progress in all aspects of improving the lives of people that are affected by this degenerative disease, as well as supporting the families along through the various stages.

The word dementia refers to a set of symptoms that include memory loss and difficulties thinking, problem solving or language. Dementia is caused by certain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or occasionally a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s society staff provide local services including day care and home care for people suffering from dementia in the community. The support that the family members and partners receive is invaluable in order for them to cope with the increasing demands of becoming a carer.

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Week 5: Homework

58411308069924VolunteercommunityReadings:
Beginners Guide to Community-Based Arts: pp. 101-150

Review: All previous readings to date for Midterm. You will receive a study guide next week for the Midterm on Tues, March 10, 2015. Continue reading

Week 4: Homework

Readings: (Due Monday, Feb. 25, 2013)
Book: Beginner’s Guide to Community-Based Arts pp. 59-100
Handouts: How to Write a Public Service Announcement

Online Course:
Please enroll in Prof. Palana’s course about online crowdfunding using this free link for AUR students here.
View Lectures 1, 4, 8, 9, 10OR all lectures up to the end of Section 3 (some are optional).

Blog Post: (Due online Thurs., Feb. 26, 2015 at 10:30PM.)
1. Come up with at least one idea for a person, family, community, cause, project, or charity that you would like to see our class do an online fundraising campaign for. Continue reading

Week 3: Homework -Due: Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

Readings:
*Beginner’s Guide to Community-Based Arts pp. 0-59 (*This may be a review)

Video: Building Creative Confidence

Find Your Passion With These Thought Provoking Questions

The Broken Window Theory

*World on Fire video –article

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Week 2: Homework -Due Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015.

Readings:
Beginner’s Guide to Community Based Arts pp.29-57

Applied Aesthetics Handout

Art Spiegelman’s Maus: A Different Type of Holocaust Literature

Watch:
Flow. The Secret of Happiness  (18 minutes)

Blog Assignment:
Please visit http://designother90.org/ and choose a “Solution” that you find appealing. Write a brief summary and analysis of that work along with why you think it is effective in promoting positive social change.

Please remember: Choose “Spring 2015 Student Posts” as your category and add appropriate tags. There should be at least one image in your post that shows the work as well as any links if applicable. Use the “more” tag under the TEXT tab so your post doesn’t take up the entire home page. Make sure to proofread well and avoid typos.

Guest Speaker: Marsha De Salvatore (Feb. 17, 2015) 12:30PM Auriana Auditorium

711679_10151412310326210_1471165067_n Marsha is from Ohio. If you don’t where that is, don’t worry, you are not alone. To make things even more interesting, her parents are both from Calabria. This combination has led to her zaniness. She came to Italy in 2000 to find herself and somehow is still searching. In the meantime, while she has been paying off her fashion debt as an English teacher, she stumbled into acting. She has worked the stage in Italian and for the past 6 years she has been a part of Gaby Ford’s English Theater of Rome. She finally got it together and brought her crazy life experiences to the stage. As a wise friend once told her (Matthew Reynolds), if you want to perform it, then create it! Thus, Rome’s Comedy Club was born!
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The Climate Change Denial Machine

index  “The Koch Brothers & Their Amazing Climate Change Denial Machine” is short, three-and-a-half minute-long film made by the Australian filmmaker Taki Oldham. The footage used is part of his longer, 55 minute long documentary “The Billionaires’ Tea Party” (2011).
A good example of visually effective use of animation techniques, this short film details the effort of Charles and David Koch, oil barons that spent millions to influence American public opinion, undermining the belief in global warming and trying to prevent any legislation targeting climate change that could result in a threat to their profits.
By financing bogus scientific studies and funding complacent Think Tanks and Front Groups (including but not limited to Women groups and Senior Groups), the public is lead to believe that global warming and the threats it entails are only a theory and not a fact. The truth is that those that argue against climate change are a small minority, but their coordination and funding are such that they have been able to influence opinion and legislation, thus safeguarding the interests of influential but largely anonymous energy oligarchs.
Produced by Larrikin films, the director’s own Production Company, whose name refers to irreverence toward authority and disregard for the norms of propriety”, the film was mainly distributed through the web.
In my opinion, this documentary does a very effective job of portraying the dangerous sides of corporate takeover of democracy, as well as warning the public against the content of mainstream, often interest-group-funded, media.
Some useful links to watch the film and learn more:

Guest Speaker: Justin P. Moore -April 11, 2013.

The Kickstarter Economy: How to Use the Power of Crowdfunding and Social Media to Turn Your Creative Project Ideas Into a Reality
Speaker: Justin P. Moore
Thursday April 11, 2013 at 6:45 PM
AUR’s Arianna Auditorium

jpm_eire2010_1618_700Based in Berlin since 2001, American artist, designer, world traveler, and food-lover Justin P. Moore will share his secrets of crowd-funding success via Kickstarter with the AUR community. In 2013 he successfully funded, published, and produced his highly-acclaimed vegan cookbook, “The Lotus and the Artichoke -Vegan Recipes from World Adventures.” His successful online campaign reached 220% of its initial fundraising goal, was a featured project on Kickstarter’s home page, and was represented in Time Magazine’s recent October 2012 article, “The Kickstarter Economy.” Visit his project page here.

Justin’s creation, “The Lotus and the Artichoke” features over 100 vegan recipes inspired by his travels and culinary adventures around the world. The cookbook focuses on the fusion of culinary styles from East and West and celebrates global traditions as well as new kitchen creativity beyond all borders. The lecture will delve into the topics of crowd-funding basics, which projects are good candidates for crowd-funding, how to create a successful campaign, using social media, finding a target audience, expectations and obligations, and more. Rumor also has it that vegan treats will be available for the audience to sample afterwards.

Fast Food Baby (Noemi Miyahara)

fast food                Junk food addiction is increasing at an alarming rate with the youth and has reared a new generation of fast food babies. Fast Food Baby is an hour long BBC documentary first aired in the UK in 2011.  This BBC documentary follows three British families with children that have a fast food addiction. The addicts are two 19-month old babies and a 3 year old toddler, whose families are desperately seeking help to stop their baby’s unhealthy habits. These families meet with child-feeding experts, dieticians, doctors, and dentists to learn of the side effects of fast-food and how to overcome their eating habits. In addition parents attend classes on how to cook and deal with their children’s refusal in eating healthy.

The documentary was directed and produced by Vicki Cooper and broadcasted by BBC. BBC is a public service broadcaster and is funded by an annual television license fee that charges British households receiving live TV broadcasts. Though the budget of the documentary is unclear, the film was supported by their broadcaster, BBC. The film was aired on TV and can also be watched on YouTube.

The documentary, Fast Food Babies, addresses a growing problem that is often ignored by the public. About one in five babies in the United Kingdom are overweight, FFB brings awareness along with a solution to this problem. The film shows that with the help of professionals, families can overcome their obstacles and live a healthier lifestyle.

For further information or a preview of the film can be viewed on their website: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00h0kxv