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Clapham Blog

An ISACS Re-accreditation Update

In 2019 Clapham School began the process of re-accreditation with our accrediting agency, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). Over the course of the year, the faculty and members of our community contributed to the...

Why We Watch Films, Part 6: Cultural Literacy

What makes our culture tick?  What is happening in our present cultural moment?  In the last part of our series on Why We Watch Films, author Dan Brendsel explains how we become aware of the reigning assumptions, values, habits of thoughts...

Why We Watch Films, Part 5: Beauty

In the fifth part of our series, Why Do We Watch Films, author Dan Brendsel focusses on the ways in which films can demonstrate the power and majesty of beauty.  As a friendly reminder, the films mentioned in the article are not necessarily a...

Why We Watch Films, Part 4: Transformation

What is the meaning of transformation? Simply put, it means to be transformed, to challenge one's own understandings/self-understanding/perspectives/dispositions /character, and thus, to mature.

We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a...

Why Do We Watch Films, Part 3: Perspective

Continuing with our series on the reason we watch films, the third article in a six-part series by Dan Brendsel considers the idea of a changed perspective.

 

To see through the eyes of others cultivates empathy and sympathy. Films allow us to...

Why Do We Watch Films, Part 2: Defamiliarization

In the second part of our series, Why Do We Watch Films, author Dan Brendsel focusses on the fresh perspective films can bring to our worldview.  Read on to explore what a new, or different perspective can bring to the conversation.

 

As a...

Why Do We Watch Films, Part 1: Discussion

During our first COVID-19 summer, most of us found ourselves stuck at home, and understandably spending way too much time watching television. Dan Brendsel shares some interesting observations on why we watch movies.  Stay tuned for a six-part...

Making the Ordinary Extraordinary

In the 2013 film About Time (recommended for parents only), Domhnall Gleeson's character finds himself on the verge of losing his unusual ability to travel back to earlier moments in life. As a last hurrah, though, he makes a rather surprising...