Bob Devine


Biography:

Former College Professor, Antioch College

Devine has thirty years of teaching in the general field of Communications, fifteen years in CEO and leadership roles in non-profit organizations, and credits on several dozen documentary film and video productions. His teaching fields include communications theory, social theory, film history, cultural studies, community media and the use of democratic and participatory media for social change. Other areas of teaching interest include African-American film, Labor and film, and the First Amendment.

His interests have to do with the distinctive qualities and values that inhere in liberal arts programs, student-centered learning that crosses boundaries and involves the integration of theory and practice, and models of educational delivery that cultivate civic responsibility among students. He has taught for many years within a liberal arts framework that Cornell West refers to as “prophetic pragmatism”. His teaching is shaped by Antonio Gramsci’s notion of praxis, and the degree to which experience shapes and provides the philosophical basis for critical thought, and John Dewey’s vision of a laboratory in democracy.

In his theory courses, Devine tries to combine the closeness and intensity of seminar learning with exercises in situated learning that require reflection and discussion. In his courses in film and cultural studies, Devine tries to center the activity on the close reading of cultural texts, including the historical circumstance and the social implications of the film or text.

Recently, Devine returned to an organization that Devine helped found, Manhattan Neighborhood Network, to serve as Interim Executive Director for five months, and to guide that organization through a transition. His continuing research has to do with how urban media centers encourage civic participation and engage private citizens in the public lives of their communities.

Devine is excited about the possibilities that Nonstop affords in exploring new approaches to interdisciplinary studies, experiential and community learning.