Academic posts

A career in…amusement: it's not just about the rides

What if I told you that you could use your vacation to Disney or LEGOLAND to build notions of career planning in your child’s little noggin? Here’s how. Take Johnny’s favorite attraction and point out all of the things that make it work. Notice the queue and how it’s engineered to entertain while moving hundreds of bodies efficiently. Call his attention to the overall story being told and how that tale made him want to buy a hotdog at the seamlessly integrated snack kiosk.

Renowned designer Dakota Jackson brings his legacy to the classroom

Have you seen “Wynton Marsalis: A Youngarts Masterclass” on HBO? The series chronicles the jazz legend mentoring three young musicians. I couldn’t change the channel. There’s something magnetic about seeing a virtuoso draw the potential out of his charges, about seeing an icon become vulnerable in order to deconstruct the process that makes him brilliant.  

The 9/11 story you haven’t heard

Over the years, Chris Mennuto (B.F.A., Motion Media) watched his dad struggle to tell the story of how he escaped Tower 2 during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. While interning in New York last year, Chris visited the 9/11 Memorial for the first time. Touching the names of his dad's fallen co-workers he was inspired to create a visual presentation of his father's escape.