As the problems of the underclass, homelessness, racism,
poverty, teenage pregnancy, crime and even hunger have worsened in the
80's and 90's, the interest in social issues have declined. High school
teachers, sociology professors etc. find it increasingly difficult to
find visual material capable of capturing and moving their students.
American Pictures is a new approach to tackle student apathy,
a tool to animate social science teaching.
With the strong emotions and debate it raises many faculties thus find
American Pictures one of the best introductions to "the marketplace
of ideas" - the university - and have made it mandatory for freshman
For freshmen in
American Pictures has been used for freshman orientation
by many of the most competitive schools such as Dartmouth, Cornell, Holy
Cross, Boston University, Marquette, George Washington, St. Lawrence Univ.
S.U.N.Y., Binghamton etc.
Both Cornell and
Holy Cross secured funding for its use on a yearly basis. In an opening
speech at National Ass. for Campus Activities Dean Peter Simmons of Holy
Cross College strongly encouraged the delegates to work on making it mandatory
for freshman orientation.
Chairman of the College
of General Studies at Boston University, Jay Corrin, who for years has
used the show for the freshmen there, says about the new updated 1996-version:
"...a vast improvement over the old version, and it is all up-to-date
and frightfully relevant."
Ass. Dean David McAleavey's
Remarks for new students preceding American Pictures
at George Washington University
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