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Blaine Allan <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 4 May 1995 13:24:23 CDT
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On Wed, 3 May 1995 12:57:43 CDT Joey Schwartz said:
>The charge of so-called inaccuracies in my previous post is very much
>over-exagerated.   Why do all our undergraduate students go to the United
>States to do their graduate and post-graduate studies (if they can afford
>it)?  It is because the level of the total educational experience is
>better.  For instance Mr. Burke's school, Queens University, is adequate
>for undergraduate studies in Cinema, but I know of no one in the know, that
>would go to Queen's to do their graduate of post-graduate work there in
>that programme.
I've been holding my tongue (or my typing fingers) throughout this,
mostly because I find Joey's cavilling pretty boring.  His opinions
lurch from the quality of education in Canada to the quality of
educators in Canada to the accessibility of films to the quality of
Canadian films.  Since the name of the institution where I toil has
been raised, however, I feel obliged to set a small part of the record
straight.  At the risk of seeming an unreconstructed empiricist, let me
point out a fact that Joey ignored.  There is no graduate program
in film studies at Queen's.  As a consequence, I wouldn't recommend
that anyone come here looking for a higher degree in film studies.
There are very few graduate programs in film studies in Canada.  That,
it seems to me, is one of the main reasons many Canadian students decide
(as I did way back when) to incur considerable debt loads and enrol in
graduate programs in the US, England, or elsewhere.
Blaine Allan                           [log in to unmask]
Film Studies
Queen's University
Kingston, Ontario
Canada  K7L 3N6