A three-day-long Curriculum Integration (CI) exhibition organised by Media Studies and Journalism (MSJ) department of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB) concluded at Shilpakala Academy in the capital on December 20. The department conducts curriculum integration every semester to showcase creative works of the students and enable student interaction as well as strengthen links. The theme for Fall 2018 was “Youth Empowerment”. Keeping relation with the theme, the CI exhibition was divided into two parts — visual art exhibition, and film exhibition preceded by a public dialogue and drama.
Visual art exhibition kicked off at Gallery 5 of Shilpakala Academy on December 18. Professor Dr Jude William Genilo, head of MSJ, inaugurated the visual art exhibition at 11:00am. The exhibition, which was open for public from December 18 to 20, featured posters, photographs, masks, illustrative displays and video graphics. Parallel to the students’ artworks, a corner of the gallery was dedicated to showcasing war-time photographs of acclaimed photographer Anwar Hossain. On the sidelines of the visual art exhibition, the final day — December 20 — featured a drama performance, students’ speech, public dialogue and film exhibition at an auditorium of Shilpakala Academy. The day’s programme started with a drama performance staged by a group of MSJ students at 2:15pm, followed by a joint speech by two MSJ students, as part of Speech Writing and Public Speaking course, at 3:00pm.
Following that, public dialogue started. The panelists include: Faruk Wasif, assistant editor of The daily Prothom Alo; Arif Jebtik, blogger and online activist; and Arzoo Ismail, senior lecturer of the School of Business at ULAB. Kashfia Arif, lecturer of media studies and journalism department at ULAB, acted as the moderator. The panellists shared their knowledge on what makes the youth of today different from the youth of the 80’s and 90’s. The speakers also addressed mental health and why the youth suffer from so many mental health problems these days and how they can overcome those. The public dialogue ended with a question-answer round.
After a short break, the last segment — film exhibition — started at 5:30pm with Prof Dr Jude William Genilo delivering the welcome speech. Filmmaker Khijr Hayat Khan attended the session as the chief guest. He along with Dr Jude also handed over certificates and crests to members of different apprenticeship programmes for their outstanding co-curricular activities. Finally, the plethora of events throughout the day, ended with the film screening of spectacular video projects made by students of various courses. Creative works included short films, video art, short animation films, TV shows, and TV news packages.