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2017 State System Summit

Session 18

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2017 State System Summit

13-15 University Ave.
West Chester, PA 19382

Hiram G. Martinez
2017 Summit Chairperson
Phone: 610-436-2433

Teaching with Film: Are We Doing the Right Thing?

  • 3:00 PM – 3:55 PM

The presentation examines how films commonly used to teach diversity affect students' attitudes, values, and beliefs. Discussion will cover film pedagogy (benefits and challenges); Social Dominance Orientation (the mechanisms by which cultural hierarchies are espoused); Transportation into Narrative Worlds (the processes by which a reader or viewer is transported (absorbed) emotionally and cognitively into a fictional narrative film; a research study overview; and results and implications for faculty.


Christina Joy Thomas, WCU Student Volunteer


Dr. Brian C. Johnson, Instructor, Academic Enrichment and Mass Communications, Bloomsburg University
Dr. Brian C. Johnson is a faculty member in the department of academic enrichment at Bloomsburg University. He earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Communications Media. His publications include Reel Diversity: A Teacher’s Sourcebook and We’ve Scene It All Before: Using Film Clips in Diversity Awareness Training.