Winter Break 2009

There are a few things to report as the fall semester wraps up. First of all, the NCA conference went well, and it was great to see old friends that are scattered about at different universities. Secondly, studying for exams is progressing nicely. I’ve completed the readings for two of my three exam areas (“Television Studies” and “AIDS Media & Culture”). My third area, (“Biopolitics & Governmentality”) should be finished by mid-January, which will put me on track to take my written exams late-January or early-February. Finally, I have a few new projects that were recently published:

  • Invisible Children and the Cyberactivist Spectator.” Nebula 6.4 (December, 2009), 40-55.
  • Review of Looking Past the Screen Case Studies in American Film History and Method (Durham: Duke University Press, 2007) by Jon Lewis and Eric Smoodin (eds.). Film Criticism Vol. 33, No. 3 (Spring 2009), 72-75.
  • Review of Contagious: Cultures, Carriers, and the Outbreak Narrative. (Durham: Duke University Press, 2008) by Priscilla Wald. The Journal of Popular Culture (December, 2009), 1160-1161.

Looking ahead: in the spring I will be teaching one section of Introduction to Film and one section of Electronic Media Writing: Theory and Practice. Until then, as winter break approaches, I’m looking forward to spending time with Nancy in Ann Arbor, celebrating the holidays, and completing my exam readings.

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