The Psychology of Propaganda in Star Wars

Three years after the outbreak of The Clone Wars;

Decades after the Jedi began their deception;

Hours after the corrupt Republic has fallen,

Our Emperor, Sheev Palpatine, declares peace and stability in our new Galactic Empire.

These lines are directly influenced by the opening scene of the German propaganda film, Triumph of the Will. Triumph of the Will is a film created and directed by Leni Rienfenstahl at the request of Chancellor Adolf Hitler in order to present to the German public that Germany is on the rise again after the humiliation they faced as a country after The First World War. The use of propaganda films like these served as a useful tool when trying to present to the public a biased or misleading political cause or point of view.

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“Star Wars and the Power of Costume” Comes to the Buckeye State

Cincinnati, Ohio celebrated forty years of The Force in spectacular fashion, as the Cincinnati Museum Center unveiled its latest traveling exhibit, Star Wars and the Power of Costume on May 25.  The showcase is made possible through a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

Upon entering, visitors are magically transported to the galaxy far, far away as they come up close to over sixty of real, screen-used costumes of iconic characters from A New Hope to The Force Awakens. Read more

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Share The Force! Behind the Scenes of the Target Rogue One Commercial, featuring Dan Z (209)

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The Target Rogue One commercial has premiered, and features Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z., as well as some incredible Star Wars fans who celebrate their fandom in unique ways! Dan Z. has a cup of coffee with the cast of the #ShareTheForce  commercial as they share a behind the scenes look at the making of this epic #ad and experience. This is the commercial and podcast you’re looking for!

Click the link below to see the commercial! and hear the behind the scenes podcast!

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Share The Force: The Target Rogue One Commercial, featuring Dan Z., is here!

 

Dan Z Target Commercial Shot

It’s finally here; I’ve been excited to share this news for what seems like an eternity!

Over the summer, I flew to LA and got to be a part of this amazing commercial for Rogue One and Target!

Click the link below to see the commercial!

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Join the #TeachMeYouDid Challenge for Star Wars Day!

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So often, Star Wars and education go hand-in-hand (just ask Coffee With Kenobi co-host and teacher Dan Z!). It’s only natural to merge appreciation for teachers — and other mentors — with the upcoming May the 4th festivities. That’s exactly what the #TeachMeYouDid Challenge seeks to accomplish.

Find out all about it below:

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Cosplaying for a Cause: Star Wars Reads Day and Beyond!

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Jay’s Galactic Espressions

As part of our childhood, many of us can relate to playing dress-up; the feeling of stepping into another persona, and immersing our imaginations in the idea of another world, another life, another story: Perhaps it was Cowboys and Indians, or Cops and Robbers. For me, it was also Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie, Wonder Woman, and Leia from Star Wars.

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Check Out CWK Co-host Dan Z Talking Star Wars and Teaching on the TechEducator Podcast

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Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z was the guest on the most recent edition of the TechEducator Podcast, which is part of the TeacherCast podcasting network. The topic for show was using Star Wars as a teaching tool in the classroom.

Other guests include Thomas Riddle (Star Wars in the Classroom) and author Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars).

You can listen to the TechEducator Podcast right here.

You can also listen and subscribe via iTunes.

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Rogues Report: Ian Doescher visits Housel Middle School

About a year and a half ago, I found myself with an open spot during Parent-teacher conferences and decided to pass the time by starting to read William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher.  Being a 6th grade Language Arts teacher and a lifelong fan of STAR WARS, I was immediately drawn to the subject matter and form of the book when it was announced, and after hearing Ian interviewed on COFFEE WITH KENOBI, I decided to purchase a copy for my classroom.

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Ruminations: A Student of Star Wars

***The lovely Jason Palmer Padme print in this picture of the wall next to my writing space was acquired at Celebration IV.
***The lovely Jason Palmer Padme print in this picture of the wall next to my writing space was acquired at Celebration IV.

Call this my twist on Star Wars in the Classroom for I write about my experience as a student, not an educator. The official group is one I admire and respect, a band of teachers who are dedicated to their profession and to using Star Wars as a tool to enhance their students’ learning. I’ve learned a lot from Star Wars, and I can’t think of a better way to relate certain concepts and ideas to the sponge-like minds of children of all ages. Last year, I was such a “child.”

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Star Wars Reads Day 2014: How Will You Celebrate?

 

 

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Star Wars Reads Day 2014 is upon us, and everywhere you look, fans from across the globe are celebrating!  Combining Star Wars and Literature is an excellent way to encourage reading, as well as another great reason to talk Star Wars with family and friends.  From the Official Site:

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