"The avid scholar,
soldier, the civic
and now a lecturer
of note -- indeed,
a Renaissance man!"
As Adjunct Professor at Urbana University,
Michael has enjoyed years of interacting with students both on an academic as well as practical basis. Having the opportunity
to apply his broad-based practical, technical, and professional theatrical skills, he has designed curriculum for
a variety of courses.
In conjunction with the release of his 1st book, D.W.
Griffith's 1915 Film, The Birth of a Nation, The Film That Transformed America, Michael has created
both a Master Class and an in-depth lecture relating to both the motion picture and its impact on the cultural landscape of
America. The Master Class is designed for students at the college level persuing a curriculum in film, or film history. Within
the context of this class, Michael transports the student back in time and, using selected examples of D.W. Griffith’s
work, examines the creative genius that brought so many important films to the screen .
The lecture, History
Through The Lens, examines the history of motion pictures as it examines history. How accurate have the motion pictures
been and to what extent have they served as propaganda? Using archival footage this lecture is designed to evaluate the importance
of film within the context of the twentieth century.
Master Classes can be designed to address specific curriculum
needs for either History or Film classes.