May 12, 2009

Students and Faculty Produce Film about College Sustainability Project

Students and faculty have put together a feature length film documenting the College’s Corn on the Quad sustainability project and the many academic and cultural issues the project explores.

Corn on the Quad was a companion project to the Fall 2008 first-year students’ orientation reading of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma. The project consisted of three plots of corn planted by students, faculty, and staff at the center of campus. After the summer, academic projects and discussions concerning aspects of food production and use took place in classrooms from all four of the College’s academic divisions.

Students in the film theory and practice course taught by Andrew Smith, assistant professor of English, worked as production assistants and creative consultants on the film called Dig the Earth. The students operated camera and editing equipment, conducted on camera interviews, edited footage, and reviewed and critiqued other students’ work.

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