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Prof Picks a Flick

McDaniel professors seem to always come up with new ways to continue educating their students outside of the classroom in unique ways and “Prof Picks a Flick” is now the latest version.

The Honors Program was approached by Dr. Madsen from the Psychology Department and Dr. Raley from the Sociology Department to put this plan into action. They had their first successful event Tuesday evening led by Dr. Raley! While many of the honors students were excited for this event, none of them could match the excitement that Dr. Raley had for her premiere as the first professor to host “Prof Picks a Flick.”

What flick did she pick? A 2004 film called “I Heart Huckabees” starring famous actors such as Dustin Hoffman, Jude Law, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg, and Jason Schwartzman. Take a look at IMBd’s short synopsis:

“A husband-and-wife team play detective, but not in the traditional sense. Instead, the happy duo helps others solve their existential issues, the kind that keep you up at night, wondering what it all means.”

While IMDb may have only awarded “I Heart Huckabees” 6.7/10 stars, Catherine O’Keeffe, President of the Honors Program, begs to differ. She reports, “The amount of laughter and thought provoking ideas stirred up discussion between students in all different departments. It was definitely a movie that you had to watch with a diverse group to put all the pieces of the movie together.” Other students commented on the interesting take it had on the purpose of life and coincidences that we encounter. Dr. Raley was a great facilitator for discussion and forced students to analyze the movie and truly comprehend the meaning behind the movie.

There is now plenty of excitement for the next “Prof Picks a Flick” event. Who will be next? I am personally hoping that a science professor will step up and lead a movie discussion about “Gattaca.” It would lead to some great discussion about the future of genetic discrimination… but that’s just me.

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