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Hi,
 
Does anyone know of mailing lists or discussion forums targeted at film studies instructors? I have come across many on-line syllabi, but have not found any dedicated discussion groups. 
 
It would be nice to talk with colleagues around the world about issues that come up when designing a film studies course. For example, these are some of the issues that might be discussed on such a list:
 
   + What textbooks are people using and *why* are they using these books? 
   + What are the best film clips for demonstrating key concepts? 
   + How many films can one show in a single semester without overloading students?  
   + How have students responded to the works of Director X or Director Y? 
   + Are undergraduates capable of meaningful engagement with hyper theoretical writings about film? 
   + Do fair use guidelines allow us to show DVD versions of classic films to our students? 
   + What steps are instructors taking to diversify the cinematic canon?
   + How do instructors handle evening viewing sessions?
 
It would be great to have a many-to-many communication channel for addressing these types of topics. If such a forum does not already exist, would it be worthwhile to create one? 
 
Thanks,
 
Aaron Delwiche
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication
Trinity University (Texas)
 
 

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