Rowan Prof. David Bianculli in the Media Spotlight

Our “own” David Bianculli (RTF) has a new book, Dangerously Funny, coming out on Dec 1st with Simon & Schuster/Touchstone. The book is about the public controversies regarding The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on CBS (look it up on Wikipedia, young folks).

Reviewers are already raving about the book and it has garnered Professor Bianculli some impressive media attention.  An interview with NPR’s Terry Gross will run next Monday, Nov. 30th, on Fresh Air. Professor Bianculli will also be featured in a segment on Good Morning America that will be aired on Tuesday, December 1st (in the second hour of the broadcast), and he will appear on The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Friday, December 4th.

Congratulations to Professor Bianculli on this accomplishment.  I, for one, can’t wait to read the book!

LBA

Giving Thanks for Higher Education

It’s pretty easy (inevitable maybe) to take for granted the opportunities and privileges we have in life.  One of those is the chance to participate in this community of learning that we call Rowan University.  So, as the holiday of Thanksgiving approaches, let us take a moment to consider and give thanks for our chance to be a part of this institution of higher education.

Higher education in the U.S. didn’t begin until around 1636, when the first college – Harvard – was established.  By the time of the American Revolutionary War, there were 9 colleges/seminaries in the U.S.  Of course, they only admitted white men and generally had less than 100 students each.  These schools were primarily created to train men in religion, and were established by religious groups (Presbyterians established the College of NJ during that period – it is now Princeton).

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, many more colleges were established.  They weren’t particularly expensive, but they were rather elite.  White men were the only enrollees, and most of them were from upper class families, because they could afford the lost income of having an adult in school – rather than working – for the time of the college attendance.  Most of those who attended never graduated with a degree.

In 1837, a woman was admitted to Oberlin College, thereby beginning the U.S. history of co-ed schools of higher education.  They weren’t common, however.  During the mid-1800s, there was an increase of women enrolling in all female “normal schools” to train as teachers.  By the 1870s, over 95 colleges were admitting women into a co-ed environment.

During that same period, higher education as a whole also became somewhat more racially diverse.  In 1854, the first African American male college was established.  In 1962, James Meridith became the first black man to attend the University of Mississippi – U.S. marshals were needed to get him safely onto campus. In 1881, the first college for African American women, Spellman, was created.  These schools created new opportunities for black individuals in the U.S.

While the mid-late 1800s created somewhat more racial and sex diversity, higher education remained the domain of those with money.  Not considered a need for most occupations, a degree was simply something that most families could not afford.

In the late 1800s to 1910, many “land grant” universities were established, following the Morrill Act.  This marked the beginning of the support of state and federal government for higher education and a marked increase in schools offering graduate programs, and becoming universities, rather than colleges.

During the period between 1940-1970s, many things happened to increase the diversity and availability of college education for U.S. citizens.  In 1944, the GI bill was passed, providing tuition funding for veterans and enabling far more individuals of lower socioeconomic groups to attend college/university.  The same year, the United Negro College Fund was established, also providing means for greater economic diversity in students.  Over this same period, there was an increase in support by federal and state agencies, and by the 70s, financial aid (in the form of Pell grants and loans) was firmly established.

From these historical developments, we have created a culture in which many people can and do attend institutions of higher education, both colleges and universities.  While greater diversity, in many ways, is still a goal, it is now possible for students of every race, both sexes, and a full range of socioeconomic statuses to pursue a degree.  This enhances both the lives of those who attend and the learning communities of which they become a part.

As Thanksgiving draws close, let us all be thankful that, given the  many changes in higher education – legal and cultural – over the last several centuries, we have the opportunity to be here, together, learning and sharing.  Thank you for being a part of this culture of learning with me.

LBA

Open Classes for Spring 10 in the College of Communication

Now that the first wave of registration is over, we begin the difficult process of determining if any classes must be canceled due to insufficient enrollment.  If you have not yet registered, I encourage you to do so now, to help prevent the courses you may need from being deleted.  As of right now, the list of open courses in the college includes:

 

Title Day  Beg   End   Bldg Room  (Type)
INTRO ADVERTISING T       1345 1500 BOZ 112
W       1345 1500 BOZ 114
INTRO ADVERTISING T       1345 1500 BOZ 112
R       1345 1500 BOZ 118
INTRO ADVERTISING T       1345 1500 BOZ 112
R       1515 1630 BOZ 118
INTRO ADVERTISING TR      0800 0915 EDUC 2101
PRINT MEDIA COPYWRIT MW      0925 1040 ROBSON 210
ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS-WI T       1050 1205 BOZ 114
T       1215 1330 BUNCE 107
ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS-WI T       1050 1205 BOZ 129
T       1215 1330 BUNCE 107
PUBLIC SPEAKING MW      0800 0915 HAWTHN 104
PUBLIC SPEAKING MW      0800 0915 HAWTHN 204
PUBLIC SPEAKING MW      0925 1040 HAWTHN 204
PUBLIC SPEAKING WF      1215 1330 HAWTHN 204
PUBLIC SPEAKING MW      1645 1800 HAWTHN 104
PUBLIC SPEAKING TR      0800 0915 HAWTHN 104
PUBLIC SPEAKING TR      0925 1040 HAWTHN 104
PUBLIC SPEAKING TR      0925 1040 HAWTHN 204
PUBLIC SPEAKING TR      1515 1630 HAWTHN 204
PUBLIC SPEAKING TR      1645 1800 HAWTHN 204
PUBLIC SPEAKING F       0925 1205 HAWTHN 204
PUBLIC SPEAKING M       1830 2100 HAWTHN 204
PUBLIC SPEAKING W       1830 2100 HAWTHN 204
PUBLIC SPEAKING R       1830 2100 HAWTHN 204
PUBLIC SPEAKING T       1830 2100 HAWTHN 204
PUBLIC SPEAKING T       2000 2230 CAMDEN
MASS MEDIA & THEIR INFLUENCES MW      1515 1630 HAWTHN 204
MASS MEDIA & THEIR INFLUENCES MW      1215 1330 BOZ 135
MASS MEDIA & THEIR INFLUENCES TR      0925 1040 BOZ 135
MASS MEDIA & THEIR INFLUENCES T       1830 2100 HAWTHN 104
SMALL GROUP COMMUNIC-WI TR      1515 1630 BOZ 108
COMMUNICATION THEORY TR      0800 0915 BOZ 107
COMMUNICATION THEORY TR      1215 1330 BOZ 107
COMMUNICATION THEORY MW      0800 0915 BOZ 108
COMMUNICATION THEORY F       0925 1205 BUNCE 104
COMMUNICATION THEORY MW      1515 1630 BOZ 108
COMMUNICATION THEORY T       1830 2100 BOZ 107
ETHICAL ISS IN HUMAN COMM TR      1345 1500 EDUC 2105
ETHICAL ISS IN HUMAN COMM TR      1050 1205 SCIENC 338
LINGUISTICS M       2000 2230 CAMDEN
LINGUISTICS R       1830 2100 ROBSON 305
FAMILY COMMUNICATION F       0925 1205 BUNCE 205
COMM STUDIES RSRCH METHODS TR      1215 1330 BOZ 108
COMM STUDIES INTERNSHIP II
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION TR      1515 1630 BUNCE 104
POLITICAL COMMUNICATION MW      0925 1040 BUNCE 303
CONSTRUCTING HEALTH W       1645 1915 BOZ 107
RHETORICAL CRITICISM MW      1345 1500 BUNCE 303
SEM IN COMM STUDIES-WI F       1050 1330 BUNCE 304
SEM IN COMM STUDIES-WI W       1645 1915 BUNCE 304
IMPROV PERS WRIT SKILLS MW      1430 1545 CAMDEN
IMPROV PERS WRIT SKILLS WF      0925 1040 BUNCE 206
IMPROV PERS WRIT SKILLS TR      1050 1205 LBRARY 403
IMPROV PERS WRIT SKILLS TR      0925 1040 BUNCE 206
WRITING LAB EXPERIENCE
INTEGRATED COLLEGE COMP I MWF     0900 1015 CAMDEN
INTEGRATED COLLEGE COMP I MWF     0800 0915 BUNCE 206
COLLEGE COMP I TR      1215 1330 BUNCE 304
COLLEGE COMP I TR      1645 1800 BUNCE 104
COLLEGE COMP I MW      1345 1500 BUNCE 304
COLLEGE COMP II WF      0800 0915 BOZ 131
COLLEGE COMP II T       1720 1950 CAMDEN
COLLEGE COMP II MW      0800 0915 BUNCE 304
COLLEGE COMP II MW      0800 0915 BUNCE 321
COLLEGE COMP II MW      0800 0915 LBRARY 401
COLLEGE COMP II TR      1345 1500 BUNCE 205
COLLEGE COMP II MW      1030 1145 CAMDEN
CREATIVE WRITING I R       1830 2100 WILSON 206
BASICS ACAD ENGL NON-NAT SPKRS
ADV ACAD ENGL:NON-NAT SPKRS
SP TOPICS:INVESTIGATIVE JRN M       1830 2100 BOZ 132B
SP TOPICS:SPORTS JOURNALISM II MW      1515 1630 BOZ 132B
JOURN PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES TR      1050 1205 BUNCE 107
JOURNALISTIC WRITING MW      1645 1800 BOZ 132B
NEWS REPORTING I TR      0800 0915 BOZ 131
NEWS REPORTING I MW      0925 1040 BOZ 132B
NEWS REPORTING II-WI TR      1050 1205 BOZ 132B
FEATURE WRITING MW      1215 1330 BOZ 118
MAG ARTICLE WRITING TR      1050 1205 BOZ 131
MAG ARTICLE WRITING MW      1215 1330 BOZ 132B
MAG ARTICLE WRITING TR      0925 1040 BOZ 132B
PHOTOJOURNALISM MW      1515 1630 BOZ 134
PUBLICATION LAYOUT/DESIGN R       1515 1745 BOZ 134
PUBLICATION LAYOUT/DESIGN T       1830 2100 BOZ 134
PUBLICATION LAYOUT/DESIGN W       1830 2100 BOZ 134
PUBLICATION LAYOUT/DESIGN F       0925 1205 BOZ 134
PUBLICATION LAYOUT/DESIGN TR      0800 0915 BOZ 134
ENTERPRISE JOURNALISM M       1830 2100 BOZ 134
MEDIA ETHICS TR      1345 1500 BOZ 108
MEDIA ETHICS MW      1345 1500 BOZ 132B
ONLINE JOURNALISM I MW      1345 1500 BOZ 134
ONLINE JOURNALISM I TR      1345 1500 BOZ 134
MEDIA LAW M       1515 1745 BUNCE 107
BROADCAST NEWS WRITING TR      1215 1330 BOZ 132B
JOURNALISM PRACTICUM II F       0800 1030 BOZ 108
JOURNALISM INTERNSHIP II F       0800 1030 EDUC 1056
PROBS CONT JOURNALISM-WI TR      1345 1500 WILSON 204
COPY EDITING TR      1215 1330 BOZ 131
ADV PUBLICATION LAYOUT MW      1645 1800 BOZ 134
GLOBAL PUBLIC RELATIONS*FIRST MTG: 4/7* W       1925 2155 BOZ 107
MEDIA PLANNING AND BUYING*FIRST MTG: 2/24* W       1925 2200 BUNCE 348
CRISIS PUBLIC RELATIONS*FIRST MTG: 2/24* W       1925 2200 BOZ 107
PUBLIC RELATIONS PLANNING*FIRST MTG: 2/25* R       1830 2100 BUNCE 206
GRAD CASE STUDIES IN PUB REL*FIRST MTG: 1/21-2/18* R       1830 2100 BUNCE 206
INTEGRATED MARKETING COMM*FIRST MTG: 1/20* W       1925 2200 BOZ 107
STRATEGIC PUBLIC AFFAIRS W       1645 1900 EDUC 2103
ADV TECHNIQUES COMMUNICATION M       1830 2100 LBRARY 401
INTERNSHIP F       0800 0915 BOZ 132B
SEMINAR T       1645 1915 BOZ 130
SEMINAR T       1345 1630 BOZ 130
CORE II:RSRCH METHODS WRITERS W       1830 2100 BOZ 108
SEMINAR II T       1830 2100 BOZ 114
SP TP:VIS RHET/MULTIMODAL COMP R       1830 2100 EDUC 2095
POETRY WORKSHOP M       1830 2100 WESTBY 216
NONFICTION WORKSHOP M       1830 2100 ROBSON 105
WRITING THE MEMOIR R       1830 2100 BOZ 114
SP TOPICS PR:ETHICS T       1515 1800 BOZ 118
INTRO PR/ADVERTISING RESEARCH TR      1645 1800 BOZ 114
INTRO PUBLIC RELATIONS M       1215 1330 BOZ 112
W       1215 1330 BUNCE 205
INTRO PUBLIC RELATIONS M       1215 1330 BOZ 112
W       1515 1630 BOZ 107
INTRO PUBLIC RELATIONS M       1215 1330 BOZ 112
W       1515 1645
INTRO PUBLIC RELATIONS M       1215 1330 BOZ 112
T       1215 1330 BOZ 114
INTRO PUBLIC RELATIONS WF      0800 0915 BOZ 114
PUBLIC RELATIONS PRACTICUM W       1645 1915 BOZ 129
PR/ADV INTERNSHIP II F       1215 1330 BOZ 108
PUBLIC RELATIONS PLAN-WI T       1645 1915 BOZ 135
SP TP:NEW MEDIA 2 R       1215 1500 BOZ 133
SP TOPICS:TV HIST & APPR 2 M       1645 1915 BOZ 112
SP TP:TV HIST & APPRECIATION 2 T       1050 1330 BOZ 112
SP TOP:NEW MEDIA 2 M       0925 1205 BOZ 133
THE TELEVISION INDUSTRY T       0800 0950 BOZ 112
R       0800 0840 BOZ 118
THE TELEVISION INDUSTRY T       0800 0950 BOZ 112
R       0900 0940 BOZ 118
THE TELEVISION INDUSTRY T       0800 0950 BOZ 112
R       1000 1040 BOZ 118
THE RADIO INDUSTRY M       1830 2100 BOZ 118
THE RADIO INDUSTRY R       1830 2100 BOZ 118
FILM HIST/APPREC 2 W       1830 2100 BOZ 112
FILM HIST/APPREC 2 W       1515 1800 BOZ 112
FILM HIST/APPREC 2 W       1515 1800 BOZ 112
FILM HIST/APPREC 2 F       1515 1800 BOZ 112
IMAGES OF WOMEN IN FILM T       1515 1800 BOZ 112
APP MEDIA AESTH:SIGHT/SND/STRY F       0925 1120 BOZ 112
W       0950 1040 BOZ 118
APP MEDIA AESTH:SIGHT/SND/STRY F       0925 1120 BOZ 112
W       1115 1205 BOZ 118
APP MEDIA AESTH:SIGHT/SND/STRY F       1050 1330 BOZ 133B
INTRO TO NEW MEDIA WF      0925 1040 BOZ 133
CURR ISS ELECT MEDIA T       1215 1500 BOZ 118
TECHNIQUES DOC FILM PROD R       0925 1205 BOZ 112
WRITING, RESEARCH, & TECH-WI MW      1050 1205 BOZ 132B
WRITING, RESEARCH, & TECH-WI MW      1215 1330 ROBSON 211
WRITING WITH STYLE-WI TR      1345 1500 BOZ 131
FIELD EXPERIENCE IN WRIT ARTS
WRITE FOR THE WORKPLACE-WI MW      1515 1630 BOZ 131
THE WRITER’S MIND-WI MW      1515 1630 BUNCE 321
THE WRITER’S MIND-WI MW      1215 1330 WILSON 206
THE WRITER’S MIND-WI TR      1345 1500 BOZ 132B
THE WRITER’S MIND-WI W       1830 2100 BOZ 131
THE WRITER’S MIND-WI TR      0925 1040 LBRARY 401
EVALUATING WRITING T       1830 2100 BUNCE 348
EVALUATING WRITING MW      1645 1800 BOZ 131
WRITING AS MANAGERS-WIWEB ASSISTED T       1830 2100 BOZ 131
INTRO TO WRITING ARTS TR      1645 1800 BOZ 131
INTRO TO WRITING ARTS TR      1645 1800 LBRARY 401
TUTORING WRITING TR      1515 1630 ROBSON 121
WRITING ARTS PORTFOLIO SEM