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Hi from Connecticut
July 5, 2017
7:38 pm
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Jeffrey Cain
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Greetings all, I'm new here, but have a lifelong interest in the phenomenon. I'm a college professor, and I teach seminar called "The Paranormal." I look forward to learning as much as I can here!

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Jeff

" . . . ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

                                                                                --John 8:32

July 13, 2017
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Welcome to the site! I'd be curious to hear more about the college course you teach.

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July 14, 2017
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Jeffrey Cain
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Hi John--

Thanks for the kind reply! I am of course a huge fan of your work, as is everyone I know in Ufology.

My course is called "The Paranormal," and it's part of our academic writing requirement.  Like many other universities, we've gotten rid of our old-fashioned composition classes and moved to getting students to learn to research, write, and speak while working on a topic that actually interests them. What a concept, eh? All the professors in the program teach on different topics (the environment, television, WW2, graphic novels, etc.) and the student can pick the the one they like and enroll in that section. I decided on the paranormal because it's been a lifelong interest of mine. Needless to say, I get some interesting and quirky undergraduates in my course 🙂 So far I have had three different witches in my classroom! One of them summoned a forest deity and scared the heck out of everyone!

The students have a semester-long project to finish; it involves lots of research and critical thinking. Some choose to work on Bigfoot, hauntings, mysterious disappearances, archeological anomalies, NDEs, Tarot cards, etc. But UFOS are by far the most chosen topic. Within the broad area I get them to focus on a specific case, incident, or theme of ufology. For example, I've gotten papers on MIBs, on the Aztec crash and retrieval, the Belgian wave, Dwight Eisenhower's role in the 50's, various specific abductions, MILABS, the government coverup, and many others. I have been teaching the course for five years now, and I find it very rewarding; for one thing, it keeps me engaged with Ufology and other paranormal stuff. For another, I learn new things myself by looking at all the research the students do. In fact, the course even fits with some of my own research interests. I am currently writing an article on UFOS for an encyclopedia of conspiracy theories that is coming out in a couple of years. I doubt I'd be doing it if I weren't actively engaged in the subject because of my course.

I hope this hasn't been too long. If you have any questions, I'd be happy to answer them. Meanwhile, thank you for all the amazing work that you do! I always send my students to The Black Vault for documents, so I figured it was about time to register myself.

Best,

Jeff

" . . . ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

                                                                                --John 8:32

July 15, 2017
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John Greenewald
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Well, I appreciate the kind words, and the referral to your students! Connecticut is one state I haven't been to (that I can remember anyway lol), but hopefully I will visit one day, and look forward to seeing your class! (That was me shamelessly inviting myself to be a fly on the wall 😉 )

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July 15, 2017
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Jeffrey Cain
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I'd invite you to come and speak if you found yourself on tour out our way. I might even be able to scare up reasonable speaker's fee from one of the Student Life programs. If you weren't interested in speaking, you'd be welcome in my classroom any time! I'd be honored. We're actually only an hour from New York City, so if you were there for an appearance it might be a feasible side trip. Let me know.

" . . . ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

                                                                                --John 8:32

July 16, 2017
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I always love to lecture! Not sure if my personal plans will take me there soon, but let me know if you ever need a speaker: contact@theblackvault.com

Sincerely,

 

John Greenewald, Jr.
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