Ecstatic Truth: 5 Herzog Films

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The Ecstatic Truth: Werner Herzog's Documentary Journey
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170: R 5:00-7:30PM
Fall 2017
Global Issues

Examine global perspectives on the themes of Justice, Communication, Frontiers, Pilgrimage and Sentience through an exploration of five Werner Herzog films.  Follow pilgrims to Bodh Gaya, India, Mecca, and other destinations and design an individual pilgrimage that allows you to create a personal, religious, or cultural journey. The theme of communication stimulates conversation on endangered languages, language as a source of conflict, alternative communication and other cultural frames of reference.  Dialogue on animal sentience elicits research on biodiversity and sustainability.  In this engaging course film screenings, class discussion, journaling, inquiry-based research, the production of a short film on a course theme, as well as participation in campus and community events will assist students in using multiple perspectives to look at the work of this enigmatic storyteller.


Trudy Moss has made her home in Watauga County for many years with brief terms as a resident of the NC coast, Alabama, Kentucky, and her home state of Georgia. She has been a public school educator for almost 25 years, and has degrees in Folklore and Library Science. She was the research fellow at Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, and served as president of the North Carolina School Library Media Association.

Her two FYS courses reflect the range of her interests--from global citizenship to documentary films, and she is also passionate about herbal medicine (she received certification in this from the Appalachia School of Holistic Herbalism in the summer of 2014), aesthetic recycling, beekeeping and etymology (she is a self-professed 'word nerd').

An avid reader, Trudy has served on the ''Watauga Reads" committee for several years, the community partners of ASU's Summer Reading initiative. She believes that the role of a teacher is to serve as both a model and a guide for what it is like to be a lifelong learner, and she encourages her students to use their college years to explore a wide variety of opportunities and discover the unique ways they can contribute to their communities and the world.

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The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

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Rick Klima

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