Dr. Henry B. Aldridge has served as a guiding force in the Electronic Media and Film Studies Program at EMU since l972. He developed the Electronic Media Major and Minor, the Film Studies Concentration, and the Interdisciplinary Film Studies Minor. Aldridge also introduced the Internship Program and has developed many new courses in both Electronic Media and Film Studies. A firm believer in the value of national and international travel, Dr. Aldridge regularly takes students to New York and Italy for visits to production facilities, film sites, museums, and galleries.
A highly productive scholar, Dr. Aldridge has achieved national recognition for his original research on the history of American film exhibition. His publications include two textbooks, a history of Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater and over forty articles and presentations on subjects pertaining to broadcasting and film history. In addition to attending professional conferences where he presents papers, Aldridge regularly gives lectures and tours about the history of local film exhibition.
An experienced and effective teacher, Professor Aldridge was awarded an EMU Alumni Association Teaching Award and was also invited to deliver the annual address to Phi Kappa Phi.
In addition to his accomplishments as a teacher and scholar, Dr.Aldridge is also a fine musician and has served as head organist at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor since l972. He was largely responsible for saving the theater in l979 and has served on its Board of Trustees ever since.
During summer months, Dr. Aldridge enjoys traveling and has crossed the Atlantic on the Queen Elizabeth 2 and the new Queen Mary 2 several times. In 2011, he made his 18th trip to Europe and particularly enjoys visiting England and Italy.