Media Studies and Journalism (MSJ) department at University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh organised its Summer’18 curriculum integration (CI) exhibition on “The Bystander Effect” on September 6. The department conducts curriculum integration every semester to showcase creative works of the students and enable student interaction as well as strengthen links.
The bystander effect, or bystander apathy, is a social psychological phenomenon in which individuals are less likely to offer help to a victim when other people are present. The greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is that any one of them will help. Keeping relation with the theme, the CI exhibition was divided into two parts — visual art exhibition, and film exhibition preceded by a public dialogue.
Visual art exhibition took place at Gallery Chittrak in the capital’s Dhanmondi in the morning while the film exhibition took place at Chhayanaut Cultural Center in the afternoon the same day. Professor Dr Jude William Genilo, head of MSJ, inaugurated the visual art exhibition at 11:00am. He along with other faculty members walked around the venue. The students explained the messages of their individual pieces of art and illustrations to Dr Jude as he stopped by each piece of artwork.
The exhibition, which was open for public from September 6 to 8, featured posters, photographs, masks, illustrative displays and video graphics. The second part of the programme started with a speech of a MSJ student, as part of Speech Writing and Public Speaking course, at Chhayanaut at 3:00pm. Following that, public dialogue began. Sayeed Ferdous, a professor of the department of anthropology at Jahangirnagar University, and Shahnaz Munni, chief news editor at News24, were the panelists. Professor Dr Din Mohammad Sumon Rahman of MSJ moderated the session. The panelists talked about different issues in light of the “Bystander Effect” followed by an interactive question-answer session.
The last segment was film exhibition that started at 5:30pm with Professor Dr Jude delivering the welcome speech. Faizul Latif Chowdhury, director general of Bangladesh National Museum, was present at 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, documentary films, music videos, short animation films, TV shows, corporate/ NGO videos and TV news packages.