Campus News 2010

For Immediate Release
December 2, 2010

 Schreiner University Hosts 12th Annual Popular Culture Symposium

Kerrville – Schreiner University, in conjunction with its Center for Innovative Learning, hosted its annual Popular Culture Symposium in November, at which currently enrolled Schreiner students along with college students from other universities presented original scholarly research in the field. Now in its thirteenth year, the annual event at Schreiner University has brought national scholars to campus to present papers alongside undergraduate students the first weekend in November.

This year’s keynote speaker, Allen “Chip” Hannay of St. Philip’s College spoke at length about his adventures in the film trade. Hannay is the author of the novel “Love and Other Natural Disasters” and the screenplay “A Tiger’s Tale.”

Three students walked away with top honors. Schreiner University students Jonathan Fletcher of San Antonio and Cassandra Hardin of Bandera and UTSA student Robert West of Helotes received $100 prizes for outstanding contribution to the field of popular culture studies, according to symposium coordinator William Woods, dean of the school of liberal arts.

“It is such a pleasure to work with such keen young minds,” said Woods. “These students are already writing academic papers worthy of national presentation, perhaps at the American Culture Association of Popular Culture Association annual meetings.”

In fact, Woods said, Fletcher has already made plans to present his paper, “Bill Clinton in C Minor: The Jazz President in American Popular Culture” at this year’s southwest regional ACA/PCA conference in San Antonio in January. The other two award-winning presentations were “Espress Yourself Around Your Mates,” an examination of advertising and popular culture by Hardin, and “Grow Up and Be a Role Model,” a look at sports and popular culture by West.

“The field of popular culture studies is a relatively new academic field,” Woods said. “Students really enjoy having the chance to write research papers about topics they are genuinely passionate about, such as video games, music and film.”

“I enjoyed immensely getting to speak at the symposium,” Fletcher said, “but I liked even better that I got to talk with peers and scholars from different schools.”

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