Vaughn Scribner, Ph.D.    Assistant Professor, University of Central Arkansas  

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Cinema is a key facet of my teaching methodology. With so many learning styles present in any given classroom, film not only allows certain students to learn in a more effective way, but provides all the opportunity to critically analyze issues we have covered in class from a different angle. Such cinema almost always elicits fruitful, thoughtful discussion (and sometimes heated debate). Embodying issues ranging from the myth of the "pristine" pre-Columbian world, to race, violence, and revolution, the following clips are some of my most effective and favorite. 

"The New World" (2005)--Opening Sequence

A beautiful portrayal of seventeenth-century Anglo-Indian contact.

"Amistad" (1997)--Middle Passage Scene

A harsh--but realistic--depiction of African slaves' "middle passage" between 

Africa and the Americas (eighteenth and nineteenth centuries).

"John Adams" (2008, HBO)--Tar and Feather Scene

A jarring depiction of mob violence during the American Revolution.


"12 Years a Slave" (2013)--Interrogation Scene

An insightful scene depicting the every day (power) struggles of slavery.

"London Before the Fire"

An amazing digital "fly-through" of seventeenth-century London before the Great Fire.