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Humanities Summary

Friday, 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
“The Great Hanging”
Johnathan Paul, Chief Executive Officer, Writer, Director, & Producer, Datalus Pictures

Saturday, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
“The Letter as Art: Pen to Paper in the Digital Age”
Dr. Dallie Clark, Professor of Humanities, Collin College


Friday, February 24th, 11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

“The Great Hanging”

The Great Hanging, a documentary film by Johnathan Paul, explores the rarely-told story of horrific events that took place in October, 1862, in the small town of Gainesville, Texas. As the sun broke over the horizon on the morning of October 1, Texas state militia arrested over two hundred suspected Union sympathizers, forty of whom were ultimately hanged. These events were just the culmination of a long-term divisive ideology in North Texas and the South that existed before the Civil War and for many decades afterward. For over 150 years, the community preferred to ignore this dark chapter of its past; it rarely made the history books. Only recently have local historians, victims’ descendants and concerned citizens tried to bring the tragedy to light by erecting a memorial and presenting an annual play. The question now is will the larger community support these efforts, or will they turn away, running the risk of history repeating itself? Mr. Paul will show his documentary and lead a discussion about using film to teach actual historical events, as well as to understand the dynamics of historical memory and the necessity of including even the unpleasant aspects of the past.

Johnathan Paul, Chief Executive Officer, Writer, Director, & Producer, Datalus Pictures

Johnathan PaulJohnathan Paul began his career as an illustrator and graphic artist before taking on an Executive Marketing position with Fortune 500 company, Toll Brothers Inc., in 2005. Mr. Paul returned to his alma mater, the University of North Texas, in 2013 to earn his Master’s Degree in Film Production from the College of Radio, Television and Film. Currently, he is the CEO of the trans-media production company Datalus Pictures, of which he is a co-founding member. When he is not overseeing productions at Datalus, Mr. Paul spends his time teaching film production to new filmmakers as an Adjunct Professor within the Media Arts Department at the University of North Texas.
 


Saturday, February 25th, 9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

“The Letter as Art: Pen to Paper in the Digital Age”

Texts. Snapchat. Facebook. Twitter. Instagram. Skype. Email.  This is how we communicate in today’s world, but at what costs?  Are we rapidly losing the slow, intimate art of communicating with pen to paper – and will our students ever experience and understand the significance of this loss?  These are questions that motivated Dr. Dallie Clark’s doctoral research at the University of Texas at Dallas, which culminated in a curated 2017 debut exhibit celebrating “The Letter as Art in the Digital Age.”  Dr. Clark will share the exhibit plan in her presentation as well as screen an accompanying short documentary she produced on this timely cultural issue.

Dr. Dallie Clark, Professor of Humanities, Collin College

Dallie ClarkDr. Dallie Clark has been a professor of Humanities at Collin College in Plano, Texas, since 2005. She completed her doctorate in Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2012. Currently, Dr. Clark is the 2015 – 2017 Lebrecht Endowed Chair for Scholarly and Civic Engagement at Collin College, a post which has allowed her to develop a short documentary and exhibit on the art of the handwritten letter in the digital world. Dr. Clark is the past president of the Southwestern Division of the Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) and now serves on two advisory boards in her community dedicated to the arts. She is the author of Pink, a poetry collection published in 2012 by Finishing Line Press, as well as various magazine articles and interviews.

 

 

Humanities Section Chair:
Pat Ledbetter, North Central Texas College