Goldring Symposium on Media and American Popular Culture, NEW TRENDS IN POPULAR CULTURE, Gender and Race in Contemporary America


Mar
14
2013

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  • Speaker: Janice Radway, Northwestern and Harry J. Elam, Jr., Stanford
  • Host Department: American Culture
  • Date: 03/14/2013
  • Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM

  • Location: Forum Hall, Palmer Commons

  • Description:

    Janice Radway
    Networks and Itineraries of Dissent: Making Sense of Girl-Related Zines from the 1990s

    Harry J. Elam, Jr.
    How Should We Speak of Black Theatre in the Age of Obama?

    Moderators:
    Mary Kelley, Ruth Bordin Collegiate Professor of History, American Culture and  Women’s Studies
    Jonathan Freedman, Marvin Felheim Collegiate Professor of English, American Studies and Jewish Studies

    Speaker Biographies
    The Walter Dill Scott Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern, Janice Radway also holds an appointment as Professor of American Studies.  Radway is widely known for her scholarship on readers, reading, and books.  She is the author of Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy and Popular Literature, which recently won the Fellows Book Award as a “classic” in the field from the International Communication Association.  In addition, Radway has co-edited with Michigan’s Kevin Gaines and Penny Von Eschen, American Studies: An Anthology.  She is working on an oral history of girls, their underground publishing efforts during the 1990s, and their subsequent lives.

    Harry J. Elam, Jr. is the Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, the Robert  and Ruth Halperin University Fellow for Undergraduate Education, Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts, and Director of the Committee on Black Performing Arts at Stanford. His scholarly work focuses on contemporary American drama, particularly African American and Chicano theater. In addition, he has directed theatre professionally for more than eighteen years. Most notably, he has directed several of August Wilson’s plays, including Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Two Trains Running, and Fences.  Elam is the author of Taking it to the Streets: The Social Protest Theater of Luis Valdez and Amiri Baraka; The Past as Present in the Drama of August Wilson and co-editor of four books.  

    This symposium was made possible by the generous donation of Gregory W. Goldring. Co-sponsored by Department of American Culture, Communication Studies, English Department, Women’s Studies, and DAAS.