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The Pop Cultures Lens on Sherlock

In the thirty-first episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and I welcome friend of the podcast, and Sherlockian, Malynnda Johnson to discuss the indelible nature of famous British detective, Sherlock Holmes. In this episode, Malynnda shares her extensive fan-based knowledge of the classic private investigator as the conversation considers the influence Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had on the world when he created … Continue reading The Pop Cultures Lens on Sherlock

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Gendering Robots: A Class Discussion

The next research project I hope to work on looks at how people make sense of robots. I am particularly interested in how people apply gendered assumptions and attributions to robots or artificial agents, and how apply those assumptions then impact how people engage with robots. In a sense, robots have become another medium as they are another conduit through which we communicate our social … Continue reading Gendering Robots: A Class Discussion

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Exorcism Cinema Book Published

Here it is! The Tensions in Exorcism Cinema project began in 2013, when my partner Christopher J. Olson (Seems Obvious to Me) and I watched the film The Possession and noted how common it seemed for women to be the victim of possession who needed to be saved through exorcism. We wondered, is that true of all exorcism films? So we started researching these films and … Continue reading Exorcism Cinema Book Published

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The Pop Culture Lens: Being John Malkovich

In the thirtieth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson (Seems Obvious to Me) and I conclude the Halloween season by welcoming friend of the podcast, and fellow podcaster, Jim Laczkowski to discuss the existential film, Being John Malkovich (1999). In this episode, our conversation considers how the film portrays insecurity, which is a common theme in screenwriter Charlie Kaufman’s works. Beyond that, … Continue reading The Pop Culture Lens: Being John Malkovich

Come Work With Me!

We are seeking applicants for an Assistant Professor in Corporate Communication position to start the fall of 2017. We are looking for someone who can teach interpersonal, intercultural and/or organizational communication. The successful applicant will supervise the undergraduate discipline, work with long-time adjuncts, and build on links forged with Dominican’s Brennan School of Business, ELS language service and other stakeholders. We desire a specialist in … Continue reading Come Work With Me!

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The Pop Culture Lens Discusses Videodrome

In the twenty-ninth episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson (Seems Obvious to Me) and myself welcome the Halloween season and friend of the podcast Salvatore DiSalvatore to discuss the body horror film from David Cronenberg, Videodrome (1983). In this episode, the conversation considers how prescient and thus still relevant this thirty-three year-old film is. We three consider how the film depicts common … Continue reading The Pop Culture Lens Discusses Videodrome

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The Exorcist on Fox

Christopher Olson (Seems Obvious to Me) and I have been working on a project analyzing the portrayal of exorcism in cinema for the past several years. That project is about to reach fruition with the publication of our book Possessed Women, Haunted States: Cultural Tensions in Exorcism Cinema from Lexington Books this November 15th (https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498519090). In the book we argue that the 1973 film The … Continue reading The Exorcist on Fox