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Documentaries in a Time of Pandemic

   Media discourse in the United States tends to portray matters such as austerity, war, and environmental degradation as being unpleasant, albeit familiar, aspects of modern life. Similarly, our health care system ignores widespread suffering – even though the consequences of such a policy were depicted as early as 1842, by Edgar Allen Poe’s The Masque of Red Death. By January 1, 2021, a report from the Institute for Health Metrics at the University of Washington predicts that COVID-19 will have caused 2,342,648 deaths worldwide, with another 9.8 million people being infected daily.

   This course examines recent documentaries, most from abroad, whose premises and perspectives examine a world which has grim and worsening inequities. The pandemic shows the consequences of tolerating this state of affairs. The syllabus will list the links to the documentaries, which should be streamed online (some for a fee of $3 or $4), along with a schedule of when each documentary should be viewed. Also, each week a list of recommended readings will be sent to each student. Class will consist of discussion.

   Instructor William S. Solomon researches and writes about mass media, with emphases on news, media history, and cinema. He was on the faculty at Rutgers University.

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Friday, February 12, 2021, 8:00 AM until Friday, March 19, 2021, 10:00 AM
on Zoom
Zoom link will be sent by email close to the start of the first class.

Additional Info:
William S Solomon
Winter 2021
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
You must be an active CSC member to register for this course.
Registration cancellations will be accepted until Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 11:45 PM
Cancellation Policy:
A member may cancel a course registration up to 3 days prior to the start of class and will receive a course credit that can be used for a future registration. No refunds will be given.
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