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RE: alt process at the university level

Hi Chris

For the last few weeks I've been following the blog of Tyler Hewitt
http://lastlightbender.blogspot.com/ who is an Assistant Professor of studio
art. Not sure if that includes teaching alt though.


-----Original Message-----
From: Christina Z. Anderson [mailto:zphoto@montana.net] 
Sent: 13 April 2008 15:22
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Re: alt process at the university level

> So it seems to me we ought to be asking, SHOULD there be a specialized alt
> process program at the university level rather than is there one?
> Mark

Mark and others who replied to this thread--I thank all of you.  I have 
saved all emails.

Maybe I didn't word my initial request clearly:  what university level 
programs are alt-friendly with a prof who specializes in alt?  For example, 
one wouldn't go to Yale if one's area was alt.  Yale is decidedly large 
digital works.  One would go to Osterman's program he is instituting at 
Eastman House/is it Ryerson or RIT...and I can guarantee that program would 
still teach content.  I am not making a request for a process-not-content 
driven school, but an alt-FRIENDLY (with expertise) school.

The second issue you bring up in your email--the existential student 
story--I'm right there with you on this one.

I have bemoaned the fact (and noticed it even more clearly in the span of 
time from 2003-2005) that students in general read less and less, and what 
reading they do might be, say, Wikipedia or Google stuff.  This is an 
exaggeration of course but the point is made.  I used to be shocked at this 
because I grew up in a reading culture.  Books.  This year in teaching I 
instituted a couple different methods of getting students to the library 
more. But my learning was based on books and history and what went before.

I see a profound shift in the way students assimilate information and in 
what information they assimilate.  Students are certainly not dumber 
nowadays.  In fact, I'm amazed sometimes at what they know.  But I have to 
be careful to weigh this morph of learning style correctly so I don't become

one of those people who says, "In my day I had to walk to school barefoot 5 
miles uphill both ways--while reading Montaigne and Moliere in French...." 
In other words, I see the same situations you do, and I am watchful of the 
changing culture, and trying to remain open minded about what is good about 
the times and what is not, without my generational bias if that is possible.

I can't believe some students don't want the pleasure of curling up with a 
good book for hours on end!  I sure don't have any bottom lines yet on this 

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