Department News

Kubrick Documentary Brings Albion Professor to the Red Carpet

Geoff CocksAlbion College history professor Geoff Cocks maintains Stanley Kubrick was a master at creating indelible images on film that force the viewer to replay each scene, much like how a coach rewinds and replays a game or practice for bits of information. Instead of trying to interpret why a play worked or failed in competition, however, Cocks intensely analyzes the visual elements in Kubrick’s films to decode a deeper message.

In Rodney Ascher’s Room 237, which made its debut Jan. 23 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Cocks provides insight into how Kubrick's use of objects, numbers, colors, and music in the 1980 classic The Shining relate to the Holocaust.

In Betty Ford Remembrance, Ouendag, '12, Sees History's Narrative at Work

Albion College student Colleen Ouendag, '12, is working as an intern at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Mich., during summer 2011."History is not something to just be studied in dusty old textbooks ... Rather, it is a living, breathing narrative that enriches and influences us here today," writes Colleen Ouendag, '12, as she describes her experience this summer as an intern at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids. Ouendag, who is pursuing an individualized major in American studies, witnessed that narrative play out firsthand this month at work, as she was involved in the museum's preparations for the memorial and funeral service for former first lady Betty Ford.

Kiwis and the Big City: Kristina Polk's Off-Campus Experience

Kristina Polk, '1While preparing to join the AustraLearn program at the University of Auckland, I began to research the Kiwi culture, but could only read the descriptions of "laid back" and "thrill seeking" so many times. I departed the United States mid-February 2011, not too sure what would come of this adventure. While meeting new people is always good fun, it was a bit scary leaving all my friends and family behind for five months.

Denault, '12, Selected for Intensive History Program

Chelsea Denault, ’12, has been named to the Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program. One of 30 students in the nation selected for the honor, Denault is participating in the intensive program in New York City June 18-25.

A member of Albion College’s Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service and Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program, Denault will visit museums and historical sites in New York City and meet with distinguished historians, writers, editors, museum curators, and other professionals to participate in discussions about major issues in American history and careers in the field.