Van Roberts

COLUMBUS, Miss.-- Dr. Van Roberts is offering students a chance to escape.

What better way to get away than to watch a classic Disney movie.

Roberts, who has been teaching at Mississippi University for Women for more than 30 years, encourages students who love Disney films animated or otherwise to join him this summer when he offers his MUW Canvas class FLM 405 Classic Disney Films.

Roberts knows it could be challenging to get students to enroll in a summer elective class, especially a new one, but he feels the timing is right to provide an outlet for students whose lives have been besieged by COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

“We are in the midst of a historic pandemic. Everybody is afraid of the Coronavirus,” Roberts said. “We all worry about it and its consequences for our families. You cannot turn on television without seeing tragic stories everywhere. Enough of this misery, turn to Disney! Those students whose lives are regulated by the next Disney release will have the opportunity to turn off the news and recapture those favorite Disney movies. Moreover, this is a three-hour class credit. What better way to take a break from the horrors of contemporary life?”

Roberts said he has been working on FLM 405 Classic Disney Films since last fall. He believes students will enjoy the class because so many of them are big Disney fans and they will be excited about the prospect of a class about movies that may be second nature to them.

Even though he admits he isn’t a big Disney fan, Roberts said “Zootopia” and “Inside Out” are his favorites. He said he recalls seeing them when they were first released (2016, 2015) and that he has used each one in other film classes he teaches.

Roberts said at least 20 classic films will be available to students. He said they will choose 10 and then watch them and take a quiz of multiple-choice quiz.  

Roberts said students must be able to access Canvas to take the quizzes. He said they will have to go through the MUW-ID identification program, which they should all be familiar with involving each class.

Roberts also said students will have to write one four-page paper about their favorite Disney movie. No books will be required for the class.

The class will be open to all majors at The W. Roberts said he won’t turn away any students and encourages them to contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or to speak to Dr. Barry Smith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if they have any problems registering for the class.

“All of my classes are fun classes, but students must pay attention to what they are watching,” Roberts said. “If these students are die-hard Disney fans, then they probably already have the movies that they want to watch.”

Roberts said students can access the movies any way they can. He said he designed the class to include primarily only Disney blockbusters to make the process easier. Roberts also said there will be some live-action remakes of some of the animated blockbusters.

If you have any questions about the class, contact Roberts at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

“As long as a student has an internet connection and good Wifi capabilities, nobody should have a problem,” Roberts said.

More information about the dates for The W’s summer terms will be announced as plans are finalized.

 


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April 30, 2020
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