College of Fine Arts and Communication

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COFAC Colloquium 10 — Friday, April 9, 2010 — Dance Studio Theatre 1003

Home: The American Dream, The American Pastime & Urban Renewal in York, PA

Brian Plow, Assistant Professor, Electronic Media & Film

BaseballThroughout 2009, the feature-length documentary, Home, has been exhibited in festivals, conferences and film series in Toronto, Atlanta, New Orleans, Cleveland, Baltimore, Towson and York, Pennsylvania. The film follows the story of the small city in south central Pennsylvania as it struggles to revitalize its urban core through the construction of a minor league baseball stadium. This parallels the story of Janet, who left her home of 50 years to make way for the stadium. The film deals with many of the complex themes and issues of urban decay, economic revitalization and eminent domain as it asks the key question: what is the value of home?

After screening a short segment from the documentary, filmmaker and Assistant Professor Brian Plow will discuss his research into the American urban space, the relevance of the arts and media in addressing complex social issues, as well as highlights throughout the film’s production and dissemination, including a presentation and exhibition at the 2009 Brownfields Conference in New Orleans.


Making Sense of Picture-books: Reading Written and Pictorial Texts

Ray Martens, Assistant Professor, Department of Art + Design, Art History

This presentation examines a study in a first grade classroom where the children learned to read the pictorial text (illustrations) in addition to the written text in picture-books. Both the art and the classroom teachers used picturebooks and discussed the Elements of Art and Principles of Design. The children also had experiences in both classrooms with the art materials and techniques used by the artists. Findings showed that the students moved seamlessly between both sign systems and used artistic as well as linguistic cues to construct meaning. In addition, the amount of their talk as well as the sophistication and depth of the children’s thinking increased.


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• COFAC faculty and professional staff members submit your proposal for the next COFAC Colloquium. The deadline is Jan. 22 2010.






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