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The NEA Higher Education Advocate April 2010

Cinematic Magic

One of the most powerful, yet surprisingly overlooked tools for teaching and learning, is the use of everyday images. Cutting-edge scholarship should include visual representations of data and meaning, say the authors of this issue’s Thriving in Academe. Images shape our world. Visuals that confront us on screen, page, and every other space carry immense cultural, political, and intellectual weight. 

Inside this Issue:

… About the March 4 day of protest when students, educators, and union members nationwide marched in support of access to quality public education, school funding, and other essential services.
Valerie Wilk spent an invigorating three weeks organizing with our statewide higher ed affiliate, the United Faculty of Florida (UFF).
NEA members Richard Miller of Nebraska and Rob Thomas of Montana were named 2009 Professors of the Year for their research and teamwork.
When you think about future prosperity for colleges and universities, think about TEF—Tax structures, Economic development, and Funding for schools.
As this publication goes to print, legislation is pending in Congress that proposes sweeping changes not only in health care, but also in federal financing of student aid.
More than 13,000 contingent faculty members in Ohio could be allowed to collectively bargain with college administrators who employ them if HB 365 passes into law.
Use the power of cinema to spark discussion and liberate your students’ opinions.
President Obama has signed an executive order to strengthen the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Should discipline-based departments be phased out and replaced by interdisciplinary clusters?
Together, students and faculty have a chance to build enough power to save public higher education.

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