International Students: A Global Perspective in the
March 17, 2009
Bruce Haulman, Ph.D. - History instructor
Bruce Haulman has been teaching
History at Green River Community College for over 30 years. For the past
18 years he has enjoyed the presence of international students in his
classroom. "International students bring a rich diversity of social,
political, cultural and ethnic experiences which serve to enhance and
enrich the Green River experience for everyone, " said Dr. Haulman.
"They bring a perspective that serves to broaden the opinions of
everyone on campus. In addition, they bring a knowledge of the American
culture from an international viewpoint that helps all of us see
ourselves more clearly."
History of the
Movies is one of Dr. Haulman's more popular classes with
international students. He has had students from Japan, China, Hong
Kong, Indonesia, Sweden and Denmark attend this class. Dr. Haulman said,
"Each student brings a unique viewpoint on Hollywood movies from his/her
own culture. When we talk in class about the Hollywood style, these
students bring examples from their own national cinema that show that
there are alternative styles to making films. They bring an
international perspective as to why Hollywood movies are so popular and
why Hollywood movies have become the standard around the world."
International students help propel the classroom into a
global arena, enriching not only faculty but also all the students
around them. Dr Haulman said, "I could not imagine higher learning
without this world view."