Economics and Management, English Professors Inaugurate Transnational Courses
International communication and collaboration translate to exciting new courses for E&M professor Vicki Baker, English professor Nels Christensen, and their students. Baker and Christensen are two of eleven professors piloting an international program within the Great Lakes Colleges Association.
ABC's Bill Blakemore Joins Geoff Cocks for Campus Screening of 'Room 237'
ABC News correspondent Bill Blakemore joins Albion College history professor Geoff Cocks for the Michigan premiere of "Room 237," the new documentary exploring Stanley Kubrick's 1980 classic The Shining." Blakemore and Cocks will hold a panel discussion following the Michigan premiere of "Room 237" on Monday, November 19, at 7 p.m. in the Albion College Bobbitt Visual Arts Center.
"Room 237" is a fascinating exploration of the hidden meanings and symbols woven into "The Shining." Five commentators and scholars, with widely different points of views, draw viewers into a maze of meanings actually or allegedly inhabiting the Kubrick film. Their commentary provides narration for an ingenious presentation, including digital manipulation of scenes from "The Shining" and other films.
Blakemore and Cocks are each featured in "Room 237," explaining how aspects of "The Shining" address genocide of Native Americans and European Jews. Cocks, who has written books and taught courses on Kubrick' s films, notes that "a German typewriter, a shirt sporting the number 42, and certain selections of music, all refer to the Nazi Final Solution, the deadliest year of which was 1942. None of this is accidental," said Cocks. "Kubrick was a voracious reader, especially of modern European and German history, and this knowledge--as well as his own Jewish background--deeply influenced his usual meticulous work on this film. The scenes in all of Kubrick's films are filled with information and reference and you can watch them over and over and still find something new."
ABC News correspondent Blakemore has spent more than 35 years covering stories around the globe. His career included reporting on 12 wars, the entire tenure John Paul II's papacy and the fall of the World Trade towers on 9/11. Blakemore's current ABC work focuses on global warming-related issues.
"Rodney Ascher's 'Room 237' is a very clever and entertaining film," Cocks said. "It contains a great deal to delight and inform lovers of cinema in general and fans of Kubrick in particular."
This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cocks at 517/629-0390 or
Kubrick Documentary Brings Albion Professor to the Red Carpet
Albion Astronomer, Anthropologist Discuss '12/21' in Open Lectures
Albion College professors and a guest speaker shed light on "Myths and Mayhem: Maya Calendars, Astronomy and the End of the World" in two interactive presentations at Albion College. Physics professor Nicolle Zellner and anthropology professor Brad Chase answer questions submitted via Facebook in a session Monday, November 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Olin Hall Room 112. University of Illinois anthropologist Joel Palka follows up with information about the Maya and their astronomy knowledge on Wednesday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Norris Science Center Room 102.
Zellner and Chase join forces to give straight answers to questions from the public about astronomy, cosmology, Maya anthropology and what the Maya knew and believed about the end of the world. The pair has established a Facebook site to collect questions they will answer during their November 12 presentation, www.facebook.com/2012Answers.
Palka is a professor of anthropology and Latin American studies at the University of Illinois in Chicago. He studies unconquered Lacandon Maya in the remote rainforests of Guatemala and Mexico, and has assisted Albion College with cataloging Lacandon data gathered by alumnus Marvin Vann, '40. Palka's research has been funded by National Geographic and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the website www.facebook.com/2012Answers or contact Zellner at
Albion Review Seeks Submissions from Area Undergrads
Undergraduate authors, poets and two-dimensional artists are invited to submit works for publication in The Albion Review, Albion College's literary journal. Deadline for submission for the 2013 Review is October 26.
The Albion Review has been published nationally since 2004. It includes works of poetry, prose and art by emerging undergraduate talents and members of the greater Albion community. Contributors must currently be enrolled as an undergraduate student at any college or university and must not have already obtained an undergraduate degree.
The deadline for submissions is October 28, 2011. For more information on the Albion Review, visit http://campus.albion.edu/albionreview/. And for questions or more information on the submission process, email