How Cool is That: J-Term Students Visit Colbert

Who are those people on the set of “The Colbert Report,” surrounding star Stephen Colbert?

The would be the members of the January Term course “New Media in New York: Industries and Policies,” taught by law and media studies professor Siva Vaidhyanathan (at rear).

After an initial week of meeting virtually from wherever they happened to be, Vaidhyanathan and his students gathered Sunday in New York City for an up-close and personal look at the media industry. Besides today’s visit with Colbert, the group has toured the NBC studios at 30 Rock, Bloomberg News headquarters, Real Simple magazine and WebMD. Tomorrow they’ll visit International Creative Management and take part in a panel discussion, and Friday they’ll be at the New York Times.

There’s time for some sightseeing, too, and the class attended tapings of “The Colbert Report.”

Colbert, who will make the return trip to Charlottesville as the featured speaker at Valediction exercises in May, has ties to U.Va.: his wife, Evelyn McGee Colbert, is a 1985 graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences, double-majoring in drama and English. In 2011, the Colberts made a generous gift to create a new Arts Scholars program in the College.

By the way, we blew up the photo REALLY BIG, and Colbert is holding a copy of Vaidhyanathan’s book, “The Googlization of Everything (And Why We Should Worry).” Really.

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