CIVIC LIFE PROJECT: Sunday, June 12th, 11:30AM, The Millerton Moviehouse

How dangerous is the internet to your privacy? How much does religion influence political decisions? What is the real difference in education between prep schools, public high schools and charter schools? These are just a few of the topics student film makers are tackling this year as part of the Civic Life Project. We will screen five mini-documentaries with their students producers on hand to discuss them.

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RICHARD ELMORE: The Future of Learning And The Prospects for Schooling: October 10, 7:30PM, The Hotchkiss School

Harvard University Professor Richard Elmore says the nature of learning will be transformed over the next decade. He says the development of the neuroscience of learning and the increasing presence of digital culture will likely result in a steadily increasing divergence between “learning” as an individual and social activity and “schooling” as the formal institutionalized form of learning.

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HUMAIN TERRAIN: February 26, 2012: War Becomes Academic Film Screening @ 11:30AM The Moviehouse, Millerton, NY

‘Human Terrain’ is an expose of the U.S. effort to enlist America’s best and the brightest in a global struggle for the hearts and minds of its enemies. After winning the short battle of ’shock and awe’ in Iraq, but losing the long war to bring democracy and peace to the Middle East, the U.S. military began a controversial program to ‘operationalize’ culture as an instrument of irregular warfare. With the ‘Revolution in Military Affairs’ that produced hi-tech, low-casualty victories in Panama, Bosnia, and Kosovo tarnished by long and costly counter-insurgencies in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army and Marine Corps enlist anthropologists, political scientists, historians, and other academics in ‘Human Terrain Systems’ for the global war on terror.

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ROBIN KELSEY: "How Photography Has Changed Our Lives: Performing for the Camera, from Daguerreotype to Facebook"; April 8, 2011, 7:30pm

“Smile for the camera,” the saying goes. But why does the camera need our smiles? On the evening of April 8th, Robin Kelsey, Burden Professor of Photography at Harvard University, will discuss the ways in which photography and its demands have infiltrated and shaped modern life.

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PETER OSNOS: Good Books; Quality News: Publishing and Journalism in the Digital Age, Friday, June 4, 2010 7:30 PM at The Hotchkiss School

Peter Osnos, Founder of Public Affairs Books and Vice-Chairman of Columbia Journalism Review, draws on decades of experience as a correspondent, editor, publisher and entrepreneur to survey the ways the internet and mobile reading devices are influencing, for better and for worse, the information we receive.

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