Star Trek 101

POSTED: Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 5:07pm

UPDATED: Saturday, July 31, 2010 - 6:21pm

EL PASO - This fall... Nancy Hill will search for intelligent life on UTEP's campus and boldly lead students to where no man has gone before.

"It's not a Mickey Mouse class.  It's a real, solid academic class, but it also includes the study skills component."

Hill... an assistant library director... will teach two sections of a freshman seminar class based on the intergalactic adventures of "Star Trek."  She says students will not only learn critical thinking skills... but also a thing or two about the cult classic.

"A typical unit is for them to read a story, read a scholarly article and watch some episodes of Star Trek and then respond to those things analyzing the Star Trek episodes while bringing in ideas from classic science fiction and from scholarly criticism."

Hill hopes to bring those scholarly topics down to Earth for those students who tend to space out in the classroom.

"I think it's a real good way to integrate scholarly thinking with real life.  You can say this is not just Ivory Tower stuff...this has an application to the life your leading today."

Though familiar with the Vulcan Salute... Hill doesn't exactly consider herself a Trekkie.

"I mean, I don't go to conventions dressed like a Klingon and I don't speak Klingon... I guess I'm sort of a moderate, mature Trekkie."

Hill expects this required, 3-credit course to fill up faster than the speed of light.  She offers these words of wisdom once spoken by Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

"Things are only impossible until they're not.  I think that's a great way of looking at the future and looking at our lives."

Live long and prosper.

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