Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | MARCH 04, 2010 7:30 AM

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Keep film studies

I am writing in response to the March 1 article (“Few send comments on task forces”) on Provost Wallace Loh’s comments regarding a lack of e-mail support for programs — film studies in particular — that have been received by the Provost’s Office. The UI film-studies department is recognized internationally as a leading contributor to the field. Dismantling the department and eliminating the Ph.D. track would undermine the academic standing of the university.

This is not only my opinion, but the opinion of both national and international leaders in the field. I urge you to examine the support of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies, which also urges the administration to reconsider eliminating this program.

As an Iowa alum, I hold the institution in high regard. However, eliminating such a prestigious program would not only be a costly academic move, it would tarnish the university’s prestige. I cannot endorse such a move. Please fight to keep the UI film-studies department intact.

Jonathan Marchetta
UI graduate

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