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The following state-of-the-art learning experiences were developed at Columbia University by distinguished faculty members working closely with our skilled instructional technology staff. Three to five hours in length, these in-depth multimedia e-seminars are free to Columbia students, faculty, and staff.

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Art and Understanding
Columbia Learning Experiences
Arnold AronsonHosted by Arnold Aronson, Professor of Theater at Columbia University's School of the Arts in New York City, this seminar has gathered prestigious artists/theorists from Columbia and asked them to weigh on the question "what is art?" Basing their answers specifically on their own personal work, these individuals engage questions of art and the artist. There is a course-long exercise that will help you measure your engagement with the material. Finally, there are various media elements—from paintings to video work, from music to photographs—to enhance your learning experience.

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Schoenberg and Modernism
Columbia Learning Experiences
Ian BentIn Schoenberg and Modernism Professor Ian Bent explores the life and work of Arnold Schoenberg in two modules. The first delineates the various schools of Modernism that emerged in Europe and America at the turn of the twentieth century and places Schoenberg's early career in the context of German Expressionist painting and the "Second Viennese School" of composers. The second module provides an in-depth examination of a seminal work of twentieth-century music, Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire.

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Filmmakers Master Class with Milos Forman
Columbia Learning Experiences
Milos FormanDeveloped with Columbia University Film School, this e-seminar provides lessons on filmmaking from Oscar-winning director Milos Forman. With an emphasis on scriptwriting and casting, Forman advises film students based on his thirty years of experience as a director.

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Art and Politics: Cultural Criticism in a Democracy—E-Seminar 1, The Origins of Modern Criticism
Columbia Learning Experiences
Michael JanewayThe Origins of Modern Criticism is the first of two e-seminars drawn from Michael Janeway's popular course offered jointly by Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and School of the Arts. Cultural criticism—ranging from reviews of the latest film, book, or concert to the broadest kind of reporting and commentary on cultural issues—is a feature of democratic culture that we take almost for granted. For the past century and a half, in England and America, vital debates about our cultural and political health have been carried forward within this complex arena.

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The Shakespearean Sonnet and the Modern Voice
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Kristin LinklaterThis e-seminar is more than an exploration of William Shakespeare's sonnets—it is also a personal journey to awaken the dormant power of the human voice. Drawing on Professor Linklater's experience as a student, teacher, actor and director, The Shakespearean Sonnet and the Modern Voice details her innovative approach to "speaking" Shakespeare.

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"Pops," Out Here In the Cause of Happiness: The Story of Louis Armstrong
Columbia Learning Experiences
Robert O'MeallyIn this e-seminar, Robert O'Meally leads a journey through the life of Pops. Along the way, you will discover the connections between his life experiences and his artistic sensibilities and the sound and feel of his music. You will also learn about his role and status in the history of jazz and gain a greater understanding of jazz and its relationship to the sociopolitical environment of twentieth century America.

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These learning experiences were developed by Columbia University in collaboration with an affiliate. Three to five hours in length, these in-depth multimedia e-seminars are free to Columbia students, faculty, and staff.

Digital Video: An Introduction
Columbia Affiliate Learning Experiences
Michael RubinFilmmaker and author Michael Rubin teaches students to complete personal video projects. Beginning with his philosophy of "holistic video" (in which one person performs all the production tasks), Rubin offers how-to guidance in using digital video cameras and equipment, organizing material, and adding professional touches like music and titles. This e-seminar also covers the principles of shooting and editing.

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These learning experiences were developed by Fathom in cooperation with Columbia University, and are hosted by Fathom. They are typically one hour or less in length, and are offered free of charge.

Music from the Renaissance and Baroque
Columbia Learning ExperiencesFathom Archive
Susanne DunlapIn this e-seminar, Susanne Dunlap, visiting assistant professor of music at Columbia University, provides a lively and thoughtful overview of some of the major themes, composers and works that characterized the shift from Renaissance music to that of the early Baroque.

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