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Newell Scholar looking for volunteers for documentary

The Georgia College Departments of Mass Communication and Philosophy and Liberal Studies will host the university’s fourth Martha Daniel Newell Visiting Scholar for the spring 2016 semester. Dr. Michael Tobias is an ethologist/anthrozoologist and historian of ideas. He focuses on humanity’s relationship to the natural world, in both historic and contemporary cultures. His wide-ranging work embraces art, comparative literature and spirituality, the history of ideas, philosophy, bio-ethics and natural history in the context of a multitude of possible future scientific, geo-political, economic and social scientific scenarios.

As part of his residency, Tobias will host a “Bio Reverie,” which is an experience for individuals to observe, analyze and interpret a natural and somewhat undisturbed outdoor environment through a quiet, noninvasive and meditative mode. Each individual experience is different through the personal goals one may want to achieve.

His Milledgeville “Bio Reverie” will also be turned into a documentary film produced by Nicki Ruggles, senior mass communication major, who will be assisted by Angela Criscoe, senior lecturer in the Department of Mass Communication.  Criscoe is teaching a documentary filmmaking course in the spring in which advanced video production students will learn about the genre and document the “Bio Reverie” through video.

“Right now, we are in the preproduction stage for the documentary,” said Criscoe. “During this phase, we are reaching out to the Milledgeville and campus community to identify individuals or groups who would be interested in participating in this event.”

Participants can assist with writing, photography, videography, painting, drawing, documenting, meditating, quietly discussing and more. Organizers are seeking people who will bring diversity in age, occupation, ethnicity, hobby, etc. Participants must agree to be part of the documentary film, which will be shooting at a Georgia College owned facility during Milledgeville's “Bio Reverie.”

The “Bio Reverie” will take place March 21, 2016.

If selected for this experience, you must agree to the following conditions:

  • Allot for a minimum of one hour to participate in the experience.
  • Sign a release form to be on video for filmmaking and documentary purposes.
  • Participate in a respectful manner to include:
    • Observe and participate quietly
      • Not disturbing the environment and its natural habitats
      • Being open-minded

This can be an individual or group experience. To be interviewed to be a part of this experience, you must complete a survey. You can access the “Bio Reverie” participation survey here or more information can be requested from

Participants will be chosen and notified by Dec. 15, 2015. A schedule of events will be provided at that time.

Angela Criscoe
Senior Lecturer, Mass Communication
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