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University Libraries and Undergraduate Academies Partner on 48 Good Films

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In addition to the ongoing 48 Good Books project, the University Libraries and the Undergraduate Academies are debuting a sister program – 48 Good Films.  Why 48?  For the incoming Freshmen class, it equals one film or book a month for the four years of their college careers.  We are resurrecting a program that was popular in the early years of the University; and was discovered a few years ago in the University Archives.

Faculty submitted film titles that are important to them and embody the mission and spirit of the five Undergraduate Academies: Civic Engagement, Entrepreneurship, Global Perspectives, Research Exploration and Sustainability. The response was overwhelming, and faculty submitters then voted for their top 48 titles.

Watch for our featured film and book per month from our lists of 48.

Why not consider including a 48 Good Films title in your summer or fall class programming?  Films for classes may be booked online for classroom use and placed on course reserve for student viewing.  Many feature films are available for course reserve in streaming format through our new Digital Campus service.

Enjoy this list of “unrequired viewing” that have inspired inquiry, pleasure, and a renewed engagement with civic life.

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