Dr. Nathan Carroll is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, Theatre, and Art teaching courses in Film Studies within the recently established Film concentration. He started teaching at St. Scholastica in 2006 and received tenure in 2012. Nathan grew up in Fargo, ND attending Oak Grove Lutheran High School and completed a double major in Philosophy and Political Science with a minor in English from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN in 1995. Nathan took graduate courses in Philosophy and Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands before completing the MA in Philosophy (Aesthetics) from the University of York, UK in 1999. His work there focused on sublime aesthetics and his thesis titled: "The Enlightenment of Postmodernism: Lyotard, Foucault, and the Return of Kant" received a mark of distinction. Nathan received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington with a combined degree in the Departments of Communication and Culture and American Studies. He successfully defended his dissertation titled: "Public Access, Private Archives: How DVDs Disrupted Film History" in April 2006.
Nathan has published the following peer-reviewed articles in film journals:
"Chimes at Midnight" Quarterly Review Film and Video 27:5 (2010)
"Double Exposure: Framing the Athletes of Marx & Coca-Cola at the Beijing Opening Ceremony" Movement 1.1 (2009) Accessible with embedded Quicktime video clips at: http://www.movementjournal.com/issue_1.1_futures_of_cinema/01_double_exposure_carroll.html
"Mitchell and Kenyon, Archival Contingency, and the Cultural Production of Historical License" The Moving Image 6.2 (Fall 2006).
"Unwrapping Archives: DVD Restoration Demonstrations and the Marketing of Authenticity" The Velvet Light Trap 56 (Fall 2005).
Additionally, Nathan received a research grant in 2007 for a project on "The Auteur and the Opera: Cinema's Pet Project," which he chaired a panel on at the Society of Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) conference in Philadelphia in 2008. He has also presented papers at SCMS in London in 2005, Vancouver in 2006, Chicago in 2007, and Los Angeles in 2010. Further, he has presented at film conferences in Milwaukee, New Orleans, Seattle, and Bloomington, IN.
Nathan was elected Vice-Chair of the Faculty Assembly at CSS in Spring 2008 and served as Chair through Spring 2010. He also organizes and hosts the School of Arts and Letters Colloquium since 2007, a monthly lecture series highlighting the diverse research projects of SAL faculty at CSS. In 2007, he helped coordinate an Ingmar Bergman film festival, the Kieslowski Decalogue and Italian film festivals in 2008-09, the "Obsessed Cinema" film festival in spring 2010 and "Lost Shadows: Silent German Expressionist Cinema" in 2012. Nathan designs and teaches a wide variety of film courses at CSS. In addition to several film genre courses with varying topics, he annually teaches an introductory film course regarding the history of film as art. He also teaches an annual upper division writing intensive film auteur course focusing each year on the works of different important filmmakers thus far including Hitchcock, Spielberg, Kubrick, Scorsese, and the Coen brothers. Nathan also regularly designs special topics courses in film studies including Russian cinema, documentary films, apocalypse cinema, and a recurring course on sublime aesthetics in Philosophy. Other courses taught include Media Criticism, Public Speaking, and an Emeritus course on films from 1939. Nathan also taught courses on Irish cinema including a seminar on the films of Neil Jordan during Spring 2011 in Louisburgh, Ireland as part of St. Scholastica's study abroad program.
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