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Fact and truth, text and body

Is film a viable medium for communicating scholarly knowledge? Such is the question driving the Seminar in Visual Ethnography that John Jackson (informally) co-teaches with Professor Stanton Wortham in the Graduate School of Education. I attended the class yesterday to see a friend of mine, Noam Osband, guest lecture. Noam is a doctoral candidate in anthropology and has successfully lobbied the dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences to accept a filmic dissertation. If film can serve as a means of communicating ethnography – and as Noam sees it, a unique and inherently valuable medium for such endeavors – how does one strike the perfect chord between fact and truth, didacticism and lyricism,…

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