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2019 Conference Preview

In less than one week, we will be kicking off the 2019 Pop Culture Conference: "Telling & Retelling Stories: (Re)imagining Popular Culture" (happening March 1-3 in the WSU Student Center and Undergrad Library). This year's conference is co-hosted by Kino Club 313, the Wayne State Comics Collective, the Video Game Scholarly Interest Group, Knit/Lit, the Wayne English Grad Organization (WEGO), and the Humanities Center Pop Culture Working Group. We've also received financial support from the WSU Dean of Students Office, the English Department, and the Department of Classical and Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Thanks to this financial support, we are able to host this conference for FREE. That's right - there is NO admission fee, registration fee, or membership cost to attend any portion of this conference! In addition to being totally FREE, this conference is also OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. So head on down to the Student Center - and feel free to bring a friend!

While I strongly encourage you to check out the full conference program, available HERE, I'll give a breakdown of some of the highlights here:

If you're interested in NETWORKING, you should check out...

*Roundtable Discussion: "How to Succeed at Networking Without Really Trying" (Ballroom A, Friday 11:30-12:30)

If you're interested in COMICS, you should check out...

*Plenary Talk: “Comic Books as Pulp and Art as a Four-Letter Word: (Re)imagining the Stories Told about Popular Culture” with guest speaker Terrence Wandtke (Bernath Auditorium, UGL, Friday 12:45-1:45 PM)

*Art Exhibit: "Graphic Scenes: (Re)Visioning Comic Book Art" - accessible in the Undergrad Library Atrium all three days of the conference

If you're interested in RACE & IDENTITIES, you should check out...

*Panel: "Race & the Trans-Atlantic Superhero" (Hilberry D, Friday 2:00-3:45 PM)

*Panel: "Mediating Identities" (Hilberry D, Saturday 2:00-3:45 PM)

If you're interested in VIDEO GAMES, you should check out...

*Panel: "Expressions of Identity and Play in Video Games" (Hilberry C, Friday 4:00-5:45 PM)

If you're interested in CULT CINEMA, you should check out...

*Film Screening and Director Q&A: That's la Morte: Italian Cult Cinema and the Years of Lead with director Xavier Mendik (Room 285, Friday 6:00-8:30 PM)

If you're interested in DOCUMENTARY FILM-MAKING, you should check out...

*Documentarian Talk with Razi Jafri, director of Hamtramck, USA (Room 010, Saturday 12:00-1:45 PM)

If you're interested in FREE FOOD, you should check out...

*Lunchtime Roundtable: Ballroom A, Friday 11:30 AM -12:30 PM

*Reception: Ballroom AB, Saturday 5:15-7:15 PM

*Coffee + Comics Brunch: Hilberry EF, Sunday 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

If you're interested in STORYTELLING, you should check out...

*Workshop: "Your Stories are Detroit's stories" (Hilberry B, Sunday 1:30-2:15 PM)

If you're interested in finding out what the heck FrankenPotter means, you should check out...

*Panel: "FrankenPotter" (Hilberry C, Sunday 12:30-2:15 PM)

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