By: Alex Seidler
Documentarian and Geographer Cameron Craig recently presented his upcoming new documentary as well as some of his own history on February 12th. His audience was comprised of professors and students who also got a showcase of his enthusiastic persona in addition to his history lessons.
Craig attended Indiana State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in history and master’s degree in geography. He recalls his original path at pursuing music in which he majored in for three years after being encouraged by his mom. But with some words of wisdom from his grandmother, he found his future in education and now currently teaches in the Department of Geology/Geography at Eastern.
“You can do it Cameron,” Craig stated what his grandmother told him.
“There is no such thing as can’t.” He went on to earn the title of Professor Laureate in 2010-2011 which is an honor given to the highest academically accomplished.
Over the years, Cameron Craig has been educating not only his students in history and geography, but to the public with his personalized unrestraint documentaries. He released his first documentary “A World of Winter,” in 2004. It examined the winter climate in Indiana.
He interviewed authorities on the topic as they explain how the atmosphere works in the winter, premeditated actions to take to stay safe, and a reflection on the previous snowstorms. He followed that up with other successful documentaries which include personalized interviews and he says he uses these documentaries for his students to become engaged in his lessons.
In the start of his presentation he opened a question to the audience asking them if they would like to live in a country where they have to wait in line with a bucket to get water. This is the direction he claims we are heading into based on the amount of water used and wasted over the past few years. Some speculated consequences of this travesty include the Colorado River no longer reaching the Gulf of California and Arizona along with New Mexico’s aquifer drying up.
“We need to stop using so much water,” Craig said. “Take shorter shower and turn off the faucet when you’re not using it.”
The latest project Craig is preparing to film is a documentary which will tackle the issue of the water resources in the country which will be titled, “Expedition Endurance: An Inquiry into human survival.” In May, Craig and a couple other students will be traveling to the southwest to interview average citizens on their knowledge of the topic. He says his purpose for making the documentary is to educate and look at something a little bit differently.
“We learn from previous stories and so if we bring in the past and look at it ourselves then we can improve our future.”
Craig tries to have students share their story in his documentaries in order to have that in place of facts and statistics to connect with other students.
“Every single student has a story,” he said. “I preserve to pass on an educational moment.”
He also admitted to not being able to stand in front of his class when he presents his documentaries. Craig stated that the documentary will hopefully be finished and released by May of this year.