Ivory Tower

Synopsis: A documentary that questions the cost -- and value -- of higher education in the United States.
Director(s): Andrew Rossi
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

the abilities to think

and reason and question for a lifetime.

Technology increasingly is something

that every educated person

should be familiar with

in the 21 st century.

We have an introductory

computer science course

that is known as CS50,

and it is now the largest

undergraduate course on campus.

Everyone on

campus knows what CS50 is.

It's definitely a course

with a cult following.

I think some of it

is kind of related to the whole Facebook

and Mark Zuckerberg being at Harvard.

That's what's

happening for our generation.

People are growing up,

and they're starting their own companies

and creating their own websites,

and doing all this amazing stuff

with technology,

and I think CS50, like, represents that.

Today we begin

our exploration

of the fundamentals of computer science

and the art of programming.

You will have this very practical skillset

that you can then take back

to all sorts of fields.

And realize, too, it is not so important

where you end up relative to

your classmates in this class,

but where you,

by semester's end in week 11,

end up relative to yourself this very day.

Sometimes it can be intimidating,

because there are plenty of people

who have just more preparation.

A tot of times, it's really easy to say,

like, "How in the world can I do this?"

Because I can't

understand everything right away.

College, it's a completely

different environment

than what I was used to.

My path has been a little bit rough.

I come from a pretty, uh,

modest background.

When I entered ninth grade,

the summer before,

I had been, like, enticed to join a gang.

I decided not to.

They retaliated against my entire family,

shooting at my home.

Because of my path

and where I've come from,

I'm just that much more driven.

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Andrew Rossi

Andrew Rossi is an American filmmaker, best known for directing documentaries such as Page One: Inside the New York Times (2011). more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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