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The History Department's latest series, Faculty and Film, features historical movies followed by professor commentary and discussion. Kisa Takesue '88, director of the Stephen Robert '62 Campus and Student Center, and Professor of History Karl Jacoby came up with the idea together this summer, Jacoby said.

"At Brown, where faculty-student relationships are typically formal, there need to be opportunities like this," he said, adding that "it is a great idea and way for students and faculty to get together in a new setting."  

The first film, "Chinatown,"  was screened Oct. 1 at the Campus Center and featured commentary by Jacoby. " ‘Chinatown' is set up as an environmental mystery taking place in Los Angeles. Its plot deals with how the city got its water," Jacoby said.  

About 30 to 40 students attended, Jacoby said, half of whom were members of his class, HIST 1790: "North American Environmental History."

"The movie is fairly historically accurate, but we had fun discussing where the director took historical liberties," he said.  "I think the students really enjoyed it," he added.




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