Winter Break 2010/2011

A quick update before the spring semester begins…

Com 467: Gender, Sexuality, & Media went really well. I had a great group of students, and their final projects were outstanding. We ended the semester with a mini-conference where they presented their papers on thematic panels, and I was really proud of how good their projects were. They presented on everything from Glee to Nancy Drew to Katy Perry. After a nice break, I’m ready to begin the spring semester tomorrow. I am teaching two sections of Eng 282: Intro to Film, and I’ve swapped out a couple of films this time (swapped Duck Soup for The Triplets of Belleville, for example). I also had to adapt one section to meet only once a week (Wednesday nights from 6pm-10pm). That will be an interesting change of pace from my typical Tues/Thurs or Mon/Wed/Fri schedule.

On the research side of things, I finished the final chapter of my dissertation over winter break thanks to a steady diet of Artie Shaw and Benny Goodman albums. (It’s much easier for me to write with music playing, but I wanted to retire the Sigur Rós for a while. Plus, the early big band and jazz felt more “holiday sounding.”)  I am turning in my first complete dissertation draft on Friday and hope to take care of the revisions by the end of February. That should put me on track to defend in March and meet the graduate school deadlines in April. (If revisions take an extra month, I’ll just meet the summer deadline. It wouldn’t be the end of the world, but this earlier deadline keeps me motivated.)

Upcoming Conference Presentations:

  • 2011 SCMS Conference, New Orleans: “HBO’s Memorial Documentaries: Remember. Reflect. Respond.”
  • 2011 Cultural Studies Association Conference, Chicago: “Public Service Entertainment: HBO’s Interventions in Politics and Culture”

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