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Some humanities students at the University of Houston-Downtown are also becoming film connoisseurs thanks to Chuck Jackson's passion for cinema.
Joining UHD in 2005, Jackson is an assistant professor of English, and was instrumental in creating a new interdisciplinary Film Studies minor at UHD. It combines courses in communications, Spanish, humanities, sociology and English, and provides students with the ability to watch movies and analyze the various aspects of cinema and film.
"Introduction to Film Studies is my favorite course to teach," Jackson said. "I choose films to study that will hook students and that are intelligent, edgy, experimental and complicated."
During the Fall 2010 semester, students studied Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times," Billy Wilder's "Double Indemnity" and Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" among other films.
Jackson now serves as the coordinator for the minor and manages the course schedules, hosts film festivals and series, and maintains the program's social media presence. He said one goal of the program and the events is to reach film lovers on campus and across Houston.
"This degree is also attractive to employers because it proves students are able to think critically, and be creative, organized and analytical," Jackson said.
In 2009, he was awarded the UHD Award for Teaching Excellence and credits the university's student body for his passion for teaching.
"I love working here because the students are endlessly energetic and engaging," Jackson said. "The intellectual rigor of these students is on par with the greatest universities in the country and it is a privilege to work here with them."
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