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August 30, 2001

Local Teachers Attend National Film Institute
By Jolene Bracy
UW-RF News Bureau

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls hosted teachers from 14 states for a summer film institute sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities titled, "Picturing America: Cinematic Representations of Americašs Ethnic Diversity." This is the second year UW-RF has hosted the five-week seminar.

Promoting teacher and student awareness in film of major ethnic groups is the major goal of the institute. The areas of study were African-American, Asian-American, Native-American and Latino-American cultures, films and books. The 24 participants discussed how to implement visual and multicultural literacy into their classroom curriculum. Facilitated by UW-RF English Professors Carole Gerster and Laura Zlogar, keynote speakers included nationally recognized authors, film makers and scholars.

Set amidst the scenic St. Croix Valley, UW-RF is a four-year public comprehensive university of 5,800 students located in western Wisconsin about 25 miles from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. The accessibility to the Twin Cities provides attendees with cultural and recreational opportunities while attending the summer film institute.

The institute participants teach such subjects as history, media studies, language arts, social studies, religion and English.

Gerster and Zlogar are co-authoring a book for high school teachers about teaching multi cultural and visual literacy in the classroom. "Teaching Visual/Multicultural Literacy in the Secondary Classroom," will include teaching techniques and curriculum submitted by teachers attending the seminar and essays provided by keynote speakers. Gerster and Zlogar are writing the introductory chapters based on their experiences with a regional NEH seminar held in 1996 as well as the last two at UW-RF.

The following teachers attended the institute: Thomas Barnes, English, Dorman High School, Spartanburg, S.C.; Douglas Becker, social studies, Nelson Country High School, Lovingston, Va.; Leo Boughton, social science, Harland Community Academy, Chicago, Ill.; Aaron Braun. English/media studies, South Shore High School, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Anton Breck, language arts, Aberdeen High School, Aberdeen Wash.; Mel Didier, Jr., history, Northside High school, Layfayette, La.; Rebecca Dorrill, history, Friends School of Baltimore, Baltimore, Md.; Cynthia Fey, English, Gordon Tech High school, Chicago, Ill.; Faye Geraci, religion, Archbishop Blenk High School, Gretna, La.; Linda Grimwade, English, Furness High School, Philadelphia, Pa.; Paula Grossman, social studies, Whitnall High School, Greenfield, Wis.

Also attending, were David Hackbarth, English, Nicolet High School, Glendale, Wis; Jessica Hawkins, English, Tremper High School, Kenosha, Wis.; John Leistler, history, The Hackley School, Tarrytown, N.Y.; William Lovaas, English, Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oak Park, Ill.; Cameron Mahlum social studies, White Bear Lake High School, White Bear Lake, Minn.; Margaret Mannion, language arts/social studies, Herbert Hoover Middle School, San Francisco, Calif.; Anne Parris, English, Castro Valley High School, Castro Valley, Calif.; Lora Land Part, language arts and English, LaCueva High School, Albuquerque, N.M.; Stephen Part, social studies, La Cueva High School, Albuquerque, N.M.; Kimberley Schiller, social studies, International School of Minnesota, Eden Prairie, Minn.; Billie Smith, English, McKinley High School, Baton Rouge, La.; and James Southern, English, Hillcrest High School, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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