Faculty

Mark Bezanson

Mark Bezanson

Associate Professor
Communication/Film Studies

Communication & Languages Dept
Raritan Valley Community College

Office: Somerset 227
(908)-526-1200 ext. 8381
mbezanso @ raritanval.edu 

"Travel expands the soul, deepens the heart, and broadens the stomach."


Education

M.A. in Cinema Studies at New York University  
B.A. in Romance Languages at Rutgers University


Philosophy

"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves...
Do not seek the answers, which cannot be given to you because you would not be able to live with them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer."
- Rilke

"Practice whole learning"

My classes meet in a circle from which we attempt to co-create a learning community grounded in our deeper humanity and in our mutual respect. I believe education should not only address the intellect but address the whole person to include one's imagination, one's feelings and one's self-hood. Together we can learn to share our smaller stories with the bigger story of our subject. Through the interplay of group dynamics, process learning and emotional intelligence we can learn to embrace the world of ideas with a more holistic, a more holographic, a more ecological perspective. Life in this new century is even more precarious than the previous one.More than ever we must integrate outer knowledge with self-knowledge. More than ever, we must discover a new compassion and tolerance for ourselves as well as for others. Our survival depends upon it. A whole approach to learning can make, must make, the difference. To learn is to risk living life itself.


RVCC Courses Taught

Film

  • FILM 101 Art of the Movies: Film Appreciation and Analysis
  • FILM 122 Survey of American Film
  • FILM 250H Hollywood Renaissance: Film and American Society, 1967- 1983, (honors course)
     

Film is a new and magnificent art form. Explore the rich nuances and hidden gems embedded in the cinematic language of the movies. Learn to appreciate the delicate dance of light and shadows on the screen. After a semester of film studies you will not only be a sophisticated film buff but be able too see and hear things and feel things as never before in your movie viewing experience. Did you notice in Hitchcock's Psycho the deeper themes about the weight of the past and the danger of looking? Did you see the last dissolve of the grinning skull on Norman's face? What does this fleeting double exposure signify? Learn to not only enjoy but relish classic films as well as contemporary, foreign films as well as domestic, independent films as well as Hollywood films. Take a film class and discover what lies beneath the surface of celluoid.

Communication

  • COMM 102 Introduction to Communication Theory
  • COMM 110 Interpersonal Communication
  • COMM 201 Intercultural Communication

"I believe we have a failure to communicate"
- Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke

These courses will better help you understand the complex and confusing, if not downright frustrating, worlds of human communication.

Theory is balanced and supported with skill practice. Classes encourage lots of interaction among your classmates.

At the semester's end you will leave with essential life skills that will help you in all your interactions from work related to intimate relationships.

Perhaps nothing is more essential to a sense of meaning and pleasure in life than improved communication.

Communication Circle

This is offered once a week each semester during lunch time in C-133. It's an excellent oppurtunity for you to meet new friends and share common concerns about school and life situations. Learn how to listen and speak better and how to appreciate and be appreciated by others. Discover not only the rich diversity of your college friends but also find out how much you have in common.

Final thoughts: I bring compassion and passion to my work. I try to teach from the heart. I seek quality and fairness and see students as ny peers in learning. I believe education can be not only hard work but lots of fun. I encourage you to take the plunge.