History club presents forum

By Jonathan Barnett
October 18, 2007

The History Club is presenting a forum dealing with the media’s impact and interrelationship with American popular culture. The forum will feature five scholars discussing topics involving multiple areas of the media.

“The History Club sponsors the History Forum, which brings prominent scholars in a particular field of study to campus to share their expertise with faculty, staff, students, alumni and visitors,” history professor Dr. Darryl Mace explained in an email. The History Club presents a forum focused on different topics each year.

The forum will be held in the Widener Lecture Hall on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event is free to all Cabrini students, faculty and staff. For all those who are not from Cabrini there is a $15 fee for the entire day. The event will include a continental breakfast as well as a buffet lunch for all who come.

Throughout the day attendees will be able to learn about topics covering the areas of class, ethnicity, gender role, body image and the war on drugs.

Among the five scholars being featured are Cabrini College’s history and political science professor Dr. Jolyon Girard and English professor Dr. Paul Wright.

Girard’s segment will focus on the area of masculinity in American television situation comedies. Wright will be focusing his speech on the history of the war on drugs, using the popular television show, “The Wire,” as a reference for this topic.

Andrew Douglass, director of education at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute, will present a segment on the roles of ethnicity and class in the early years of the film industry.

Kaila Story and Courtney Smith will also accompany these presenters.

Story comes from the University of Louisville and her segment will be focused on the female body image in rap videos.

Smith is from Rowan University and she will be speaking about The Philadelphia Stars and Philadelphia Tribune: Negro League Baseball in print, 1933-1952.

Students have the option of registering for the one-credit course POL 400, American Popular Culture and the Media, by completing a registration form in the Registrar’s Office by Friday, Nov. 9.

Everyone is encouraged to come and participate in an intriguing look into the media and how it affects the general population. If you are interested in registering for the class be sure to do so before the deadline on Nov. 9.

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Jonathan Barnett

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