Dr. Kathleen Hudson, professor of English, has developed many unique and thought-provoking courses during her tenure at Schreiner University. She is an award-winning teacher, Texas Heritage Music Foundation founder and author of two books about Texas music. Hudson’s immersed teaching subscribes to Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan’s maxim that “he who’s not busy being born is busy dying.”
Across thirty-five years of innovative pedagogy focusing upon human creativity and the varieties of storytelling, Hudson has repeatedly offered students compelling courses that connect the work of creative artists with questions that are both timeless and of the moment.
Her current course about film and borders is the latest example of an exciting class she developed at Schreiner. She includes well-known directors like Guillermo del Toro (Shape of Water, Pan’s Labyrinth), Cuarón (Children of Men), Iñárritu (Amores Perros), Rodríguez (Once Upon a Time in Mexico), and films like CoCo (before Day of the Dead), Nacho Libre (for comic relief) and The Three Burials of Melquíades Estrada.
“I have always loved film but not devoted an entire semester course to the medium,” says Hudson. “Little did I know when I planned the course that we would be discussing not only the ways in which we watch, discuss, and write about movies, but also be bumping up against the daily news about immigrants, walls, caravans and families.”
Hudson’s focus is on the cinema of Mexican directors, which is directly linked to her current book project on Mexican American voices in Texas music. She adds, “It strikes me that film is a rich way into conversations not only about art and beauty but also about family, courage, and our roles as citizens.”
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