Naked Trivia!

Our last event of the year is coming up on Monday night (5/2). Stop by Hotung Cafe in the Campus Center for Faculty-Student Trivia Challenge. Several teams of faculty and staff are prepared to challenge all the student teams that can fit without violating fire code. The fun starts at 8pm. Quizmaster Bob from P. J. Ryan’s will be slinging the questions.

What happened?

I haven’t blogged all week! What’s happening?

Well it’s been a little crazy around the ExCollege. Let’s see…we are finalizing the Explorations and Perspectives seminars for the fall (see below for a list), getting all of the application information together to make final selections for fall visiting lecturer courses (on our website by May 9), interviewing new Program Assistant candidates, presenting at Admissions Open Houses, helping our current lecturers wrap up their semesters and administer course evaluations, planning for our Faculty-Student Trivia Challenge, and more! Phew. I’ll try to post more next week.

In the meantime, here are the seminars for our two first-year programs — Explorations and Perspectives. If you are an incoming student in the fall and want to take one of these, you’ll have a chance to list it as one of your preferences in an online form in June.

Explorations 2011

Comedy and Culture in the 21st Century
From Woody Allen to Seinfeld: Comedy, Relationships, and the American Jewish Experience
French or Familiar: Why is France Unique?
Food of France
Mental Health in Film
Are you there, God? It’s me, Gossip Girl.
Reliving the Past on Screen: Historical Film in a Modern World
Storytelling: Studying Scripted Television
Sustainable Development Redefined: Lessons from Uganda
The American Political Process and The West Wing
World War II in International Film
The Massachusetts Political Experience
Sports and International Relations in the Modern Era

Perspectives 2011

Film Noir
History of Independent Film
The Impact of Drugs and Alcohol in Film
Food in Film
Popular Flops: A Study of Bad Movies
Blockbusters: Art and Industry of the Popcorn Movie

Picture This!

The ExCollege is having a photo contest! Submit a photo that represents an educational opportunity you experienced through the Experimental College. Are you taking an ExCollege course? Did you lead an Explorations or Perspectives seminar? Are you involved in an ExCollege-sponsored project? Send us a photo and have a chance to win a cash prize of up to $100, along with having your photo displayed online or at the ExCollege. Go to for submission guidelines and forms. The deadline is April 15th.

April what?

Nothing to say but … snow?!?!?! We really should have expected it, what with the kind of winter we’ve had, but New Englanders have the kind of selective memory that allows us to forget every spring that last spring wasn’t really very spring-y either. It allows us to continue to live here. So here’s to one last chance at sledding the President’s Lawn! (You could try sledding our front lawn, but you’d end up in the street. Not very safe.)

Our house at 95 Talbot Avenue in the snow

Our house at 95 Talbot Avenue in the snow