“Knowledge through Pop Culture”
The first female scholar in the United States to focus on comics, Dr. Rebecca Housel, is appearing on The Event Horizon this evening at 9pm PST, 12AM EST! Join hosts Gene Turnbow and Susan Fox as they engage Dr. Housel in a fascinating discussion of popular culture, our influence on it and its influence on us. We talk about everything from sparkly vampires to zombies, societal need for superheroes to gender bias in fiction, and we can tell you now that of all the guests we’ve had on the show, she is one of the most entertaining, informative and knowledgeable speakers on the topic of popular culture and how it shapes our lives.
Housel, who celebrates her 18th year in the classroom in 2012, is a freelance writer and editor. Her recent titles in Wiley’s Pop Culture and Philosophy series includes work on X-Men (2009), Twilight (2009, 2010), and HBO’s Emmy-winning series, True Blood (2010, 2011). Housel’s work in medical narratives has earned her inclusion in the Directory of American Poets and Writers as well as a sponsored membership by New York Times Bestselling author, Rebecca Skloot, in the National Association of Science Writers (NASW).
Housel is on the Editorial Advisory Boards for the Journal of Popular Culture and Journal of American Culture; her most recent book review for the Duke University Press volume, Sex and Disability (2012), can be found in the Journal of American Culture. Dr. Housel was one of 100 American writers invited to participate in Yale’s Inaugural Writer’s Conference for her work in medical narratives in June 2012; she was also a TED speaker in June, presenting, “Why Story is the Best Medicine,” on how using the patient’s narrative can save not only thousands of patient’s lives each year, but has the potential to save millions in health care dollars, too.
She also teaches writing classes called The Hero in Popular Culture.
Tune in at 9pm PST / 12am EST today to hear Dr. Rebecca Housel, the Pop Culture Professor!
The show reprises Sunday 4pm PST / 7pm EST.
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