NORTHEAST POPULAR CULTURE/AMERICAN CULTURE ASSOCIATION

 

                    FRIDAY AND SATURDAY                                      SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY      

                      OCTOBER 28-29, 2005                                                        FAIRFIELD, CT

 

28TH ANNUAL NEPCA CONFERENCE PROGRAM

 

Friday, October 28, 2005

 

4:00-6:00:  Registration and Coffee

 

Session I  4:30-6:00

 

Panel 101      Film I

 

Chair: Steve Grossman (New England Institute of Art)

 

Jon Lupo, (University of Massachusetts)  “The #1 Greatest Presentation on Film Canons    

 Ever Made: Taste, Consensus, and Cultural Authority in Contemporary Film”

 

Amos St. Germain (Wentworth Institute of Technology) “Film as History: the Boxing Film Again.”

 

June-Ann Greeley, (Sacred Heart University)  “Spots of Passion and the Clarity of Being Human:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Resonances of Pope’s Eloisa to Abelard in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”

 

Panel 102      Reading Culture

 

Chair: Sue Clerc (Southern Connecticut State University)

 

Michelle Ephraim (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) “The Marketing of ‘Baby Shakespeare’”

 

Arthur M. Fried (Plymouth State University) “H.P Lovecraft: A Survey of His Reputation         in the Mainstream Press”

 

Elizabeth De Wolfe (University of New England), “Saco Light and Dark: Murder, Mill Girls,   and the Growth of Maine

 

Panel 103      Television I

 

Chair: Donna Halper (Emerson College)

 

Paul MacArthur (Indiana University) and Kimberlianne Podlas (University of North      Carolina-Greensboro)  “ C.S.I. SpringfieldInvestigating American Legal Culture Through The Lens of “The Simpsons”

 

David Pierson (University of Southern Maine) “Who Are You?: The Body as Evidence and the Construction of Hegemonic Cultural Identities in C.S.I.”

 

Eva Rueschmann (Hampshire College), “Carnivalizing American History and Culture: The   Gothic World of HBO’s Carnivale”

 

Panel 104      Music

 

Chair: Mark Stern (Bentley College)

 

Rachel Gillett (Northeastern University) “Janis, Jimi, and Otis; Intersections between Rock, Race and Gender in American Popular Culture”

 

Solomon Davidoff (Wentworth Institute of Technology)  "Filklore: A Re-examination of Filk,   the Musical Folklore of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Fan Communities”

 

Thomas J. Brophy, University College Dublin. “Spinning Segregation on its Ear at 45-rpm”

 

Panel 105      Identity and Voice

 

Chair: Raymond Rice( University of Maine-Presque Isle)

 

Emma Dassori (Tufts University) “Politics on the Popular Stage: The Nineteenth-Century Anti-Suffrage Drama as Parlor Theatrical”

 

Ann Page Stecker and Randy Hanson (Colby-Sawyer College) “These Walls Can Talk: Voices from Mexican Walls”

 

Alexis Antracoli (Brandeis University)  “Heretics Among Us:  Indian Bible-Reading and Christian Identity in Seventeenth-Century Massachusetts

 

Panel 106      Corporate and Labor Culture 

 

Chair: Samuel B. Hoff, Delaware State University

 

Bruce Cohen (Worcester State College) “From Norton to Saint Gobain 1990-2005: Grinding Labor Down”

 

Bill Barry (Community College of Baltimore County)  “Makin’ It or Changin’ It: Images of Workers in Feature Movies”

 

Peter D. Maresco and Christopher C. York (Sacred Heart University) “Establishing a New   Culture of Employee Empowered Leadership”

 

Panel 107      Sports

 

Chair: Jeff Evans (University of Maine)

 

Michael J. Epstein (University of San Diego) “Manly Amusements: Henry J. Raymond’s Daily New York Times and the Struggle for Play in Antebellum America.” 

 

Karen Burke (Southern Connecticut State University) and Lori Ciccomascolo,  (University of Rhode Island) “She’s Got Game”…Or Does She?

 

Daniel A. Gilbert (Yale University)  “Expanding the Strike Zone: Baseball and the Politics of Cultural Work, 1966-1975

 

Welcome Reception    6:00-7:00

 

Evening Event    7:00-8:00

 

 

Saturday, October 29, 2005

 

Registration and Coffee 8:00-9:00

 

Session II: 9:00-10:30

 

Panel 201      The Home Front

 

Chair: Mark Van Ells (Queensborough Community College)

 

Rose Hayden-Smith (University of California, Santa Barbara) “Soldiers of the Soil: The Work of the United States School Garden Army in World War I”

 

John Zaborney, (University of Maine at Presque Isle) “Nuts, Bolts, and Concrete: Civil Defense and Masculinity in Post-World War II U.S. Culture”

 

Jeremy K. Saucier (University of Rochester)  “Imagining D-Day: How the Invasion of Europe           

Has Defined the “Next Great Generation”

 

 

Panel 202      Film II

 

Chair: Michael Schoenecke (Texas Tech)

 

Susan Clerc (Southern Connecticut State University) “Re-imagining Niagara

 

Kylo-Patrick R. Hart (Plymouth State University) “New Womanhood, Fan Magazines, and

Coverage of Mary Pickford’s Rise to Hollywood Power and Fame.”

 

Jeff Evans (University of Maine, Orono)  "Rock 'n' 'Roll in Soho: Martin Scorsese's After Hours."

 

Panel 203      Race and Culture

 

Chair: Mark J. Madigan (Nazareth College of Rochester)

 

Cheri Louise Ross (Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg)  “Western Imperialism, the Congo, and The Poisonwood Bible

 

Laura D’Amore (Boston University), “I remember and I recall:” Historical Memory as African American Identity in Daughters of the Dust.

 

Natalie Kimbrough (Community College of Baltimore County) “Racial Formation Theory in   Action: African Americans Fighting in the Military during the VietnamWar”

 

Panel 204      Television II

 

Chair: David Pierson (University of Southern Maine)

 

J. Brian Wagaman (Pennsylvania State University at Harrisburg) “Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Feminist Hero for Our Times.”

 

Justin Maher (University of Massachusetts Boston) “Fabulous Accessories: The Function of Gay Male Sidekicks in Popular Media”

 

Rhea Parsons (Borough of Manhattan Community College), “Still Bitchy After All These Years: Premenstrual Syndrome in Television Sitcoms.”

 

Panel 205      Arthurian Film  

 

Chair: Mary Lynn Saul (Worcester State College)

 

Carl James Grindley (State University of New York-Hostos), “Imaging the Grail: Recent Depictions of the Cup of Christ in Contemporary Film”

 

 Michael A. Torregrossa (University of Connecticut, Storrs) "Philip DeGuere’s Dr. Strange (1978): A Forgotten Example of Cinema Arthuriana"

 

 Daniela Sovea Falco (University of Connecticut, Storrs) "Lerner and Loewe's Camelot: From Stage to Screen"

 

Panel 206      U.S. Civil War

 

Chair: Peter Holloran (Worcester State University)

 

Jacqueline G. Campbell (University of Connecticut, Storrs) “‘There is no difference   between a he and a she adder in their venom’: Benjamin F. Butler, William T. Sherman, and Confederate Women”

 

Michael P. Quinlin (Boston Irish Tourism Association) “Songs and Sculptures: How Irish Artists Shaped New England's Memory of the Civil War”

 

Helena Iles (University of Maryland, College Park) “Patriotism, Grief, and Domesticity Representations of the Civil War in Tableaux Vivants”

 

Panel 207      Illness Stories: Recent Modes in Film, Television, and Prose

 

Chair: Jennifer Tebbe-Grossman (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences)

 

David Tanner (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) “The Physician   Author Reconsidered: From Prose Poetry to Self-Promotion”

 

Robert B. Hackey (Providence College) “Condition Critical: Media Coverage of the Health Care Crisis in America.

 

Robert Sprich (Bentley College)“‘The Talking Cure’: Humor and Character Development in Lawrence Kasdan’s Mumford

 

 

Coffee and Book Exhibit 10:30-11:00

 

Session III:  11:00-12:30

 

Panel 301      Film III

 

Chair: Carol Mitchell (Springfield College)

 

Jennifer A. Hudson (Southern Connecticut State University) “No hay banda, and yet we hear a band”: David Lynch’s Reversal of Coherence in Mulholland Drive

 

Michael L, Radice  (Asnuntuck Community College) “The Billie Burke and Dorothy Arzner   

Affair:  Uncovering Studio-era Lesbians”

 

Catherine Wilcox-Titus (Worcester State College) “The ‘Cinematic Turn’ in the Work of Cindy Sherman and Matthew Barney”

 

Panel 302      Women Wellness and the Media

 

Chair: Margaret Wiley (Colby-Sawyer College)

 

Martha Gardner (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) “Smashing”:   Philip Morris’s Successful Promotion of Virginia Slims Cigarettes through Women’s Tennis, 1970-1994”

 

Carol-Ann Farkas (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) “Women’s   Fitness Magazines: Weakness or Wellness? Compliance or Competence?

 

Debbie Danowski (Sacred Heart University) “Cover To Cover: Contemporary Issues In Popular American Women’s Magazines”

 

Panel 303      Celebrations

 

Chair: Lisa Boehm (Worcester State College)

 

Anahit Ter-Stepanian (Sacred Heart University)  “Mass Celebrations in Soviet and Post-Soviet Public Spaces.”

 

Kara McCormack (University of Massachusetts)  “Patriot Games: Patriotism, National Identity, and the American Rodeo.”

 

Lynn Sally (Metropolitan College of New York) “Girls! Girls! Girls! The World of Tomorrow at the New York World’s Fairs, 1939-40”

 

Panel 304      Action Heroes

 

Chair: Zorianna Zurba (Brock University)

 

Terry Barr  (Presbyterian College) “American Golem”

Neil Shyminsky (University of Toronto)  “‘The Best There is at What He Does…Though What He Does isn’t Pretty’: Uncanny X-Men’s Wolverine and the Problematics of Mutant Masculinity.”

 

Sharon L. Reeves (Queensborough Community College) “The Enduring Legacy of Zorro: The Original Romantic Latin Action Hero”

 

Panel 305      Cultural Objects

 

Chair: James Hanlan (Worcester Polytechnic Institute)

 

Andrew Goldstein (Trinity College) “American Carving Styles and the History of the   Carousel Industry.”

 

Erik J. Larson (Fairfield Historical Society) “The Material Culture of Transition: Melamine Dinnerware 1943-2004”

 

Peter L. Bayers (Fairfield University) “The U.S. Mint, the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial, and the History” of Imperial Expansion”

 

Panel 306      Food

 

Chair: Don Gagnon (Western Connecticut State University)

 

Richard Magee (Sacred Heart University) “Food Puritanism and Food Pornography: A Gourmet Semiotics”

 

Susan M. Rossi-Wilcox (Botanical Museum of Harvard University) “Rolling It Over the Tongue: Glib Contemporary Wine Writers’ Debt to Charles Dickens

 

Heather S. Cameron (New York University) “Food in Children's Film: Can Cinema Affect a Child's Socialization Process and Perception of Expected Behaviors?”

 

Panel 307  Constructing Community: Race, Gender, and Celebrity in the Early- and Mid-            Twentieth-Century Mass Media

 

Chair: Erica Ball (Union College)

 

Peter Vellon  (Queens College) “‘Always the Question of Race’:  The Italian Language Press, Racial Consciousness, and the Creation of Italian American Identity”

 

Megan Elias (Queensborough Community College) “Aunts of the Airwaves: Home    Economics Radio Shows and Virtual Community in the Early Days of Radio”

 

Kathleen Feeley (University of Redlands) “‘Intimacy with the Elect’: Language, Style, and Delivery in Early Celebrity Journalism”

 

Lunch and Awards 12:30-2:00

            There will also be introductions and a short business meeting.

 

 

 

 

Session IV:  2:00-3:30

 

Panel 401      Film IV

 

Chair:  TBA

 

Louise Spence  (Sacred Heart University) and Vinicius Navarro (Independent Scholar)   “Michael Moore, The Know It All Who Knows Nothing: Authorial Voice and Performance in Documentary Filmmaking”

 

Leonard W. Engel (Quinnipiac University) “To Avenge or not to Avenge: Violence, Vengeance, and Vigilantism in Clint Eastwood’s Westerns and in Mystic River

 

Raymond Rice (University of Maine at Presque Isle) “George Lucas' Festishistic Universe, or, Why Are There No Labor Laws in a Galaxy Far, Far Away?”

 

Panel 402      Humor

 

Chair: Lynn Bartholome (Monroe Community College)

 

Eyal Tamir (Brandeis University) “ Never Say What You Mean, Unless It's in Yiddish: the Jewish-American Libidinal Humor of Mel Brooks and Larry David.”

 

Sandra Young (Sacred Heart University) “’A horse walks into a bar. . . ‘ : The Rhetoric of Humor as Consummate Communication Contrivance”

 

Peter M. Robinson (College of Mount St. Joseph) “The Dance of the Comedians: The People, the Presidency, and the Performance of Political Standup Comedy in Postwar America

 

Panel 403      “The Horror, The Horror . . .”

 

Chair:  TBA

 

Alfred V. Jacobs (Menlo College) “Mapping the Horror Film: “Here Be Monsters”

 

Stephen Lilley (Sacred Heart University), “The Transhumanists Are Here!”

 

Mary Findley (Vermont Technical College) “Interviewing Louis: Morality and Manipulation in Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire

 

Panel 404      Graphic Expression

 

Chair: Amos St. Germain (Wentworth Institute of Technology)

 

Kevin J. McCarthy (University of Colorado), “Music in 1930’s CCC Camps”

 

Joyce C. Polistena (Queensborough Community College) “The Aesthetics of Populism: Making Art in a Democracy: Making Democracy in Art.”

 

Gisela Carbonell-Coll (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) “Illustrating the Marvelous: Fantastic Memories, The Secret Life, and Salvador Dali”

 

Panel 405      Advertising

 

Chair: Peter L. Bayers,  Fairfield University

 

Melissa Renn (Boston University) “The For-ever Spark Plug?: Changing Representations of the Spark Plug in American Art and Advertising from 1908-1922”

 

Jamie Mayhew Bufalino (University of California-Riverside) “Often a Bridesmaid but Never a Bride” Redefining the Boundaries of Middle Class Womanhood in Listerine   Advertising, 1925.”

 

Janice Traflet (Bucknell University) “From Hula Hoops to Hot Stocks: The Emergence of a   Mass Equity Culture in the Postwar United States

 

Panel 406      International Popular Culture

 

Chair: Martin Menke (Rivier College)

 

Noriko Manabe (CUNY Graduate Center) “Globalization and Japanese Creativity:  Adaptation of the Japanese Language to Rap”

 

Donald Vescio (Worcester State College) “Podcasting: Orality in the Digital Age”

 

Doris Schmidt (Fitchburg State College). “Hooked on Suspension: New Agers Embrace an Ancient Ritual.”

 

Panel 407      Undergraduate Research 

 

Chairs: Jeff Cain (Sacred Heart University) and Lisa Boehm (Worcester State College)

 

Amy Deschenes (Sacred Heart University)  “Deconstructing The Daily Show: How Fake News Reveals a Prominent American Dichotomy” [Jeff Cain advisor]

 

Heather Feagan (Community College of Baltimore County) "Native Americans and the  Aleutian Islands"? [Natalie Kimbrough advisor]

 

 Courtney Towson (Worcester State College) “Facebook: The Popular Phenomenon Sweeping College Campuses”  [Lisa Boehm advisor)

 

Coffee and Adjournment 3:30

 

NEPCA Business Meeting 4:00

 

            Location TBA at lunch. Any NEPCA member can attend.  See newsletter for tentative agenda.

 

 

 

NORTHEAST POPULAR CULTURE/AMERICAN CULTURE  ASSOCIATION

       SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY                                                                            FAIRFIELD, CT

         28th ANNUAL CONFERENCE                                                                     REGISTRATION FORM

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                  OVERNIGHT STAYS AND TRAVEL DIRECTIONS

 

 

 

Recommended Hotels:  We have contacted several area hotels which have reserved conference rates for NEPCA participants, but please reserve early as October is a very busy time in New England and hotels are under no obligation to hold rooms for us.  Among the hotels expecting us are:

 

 Amerisuites, 695 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT  06484, 1-203-925-5900, Conference rate: $94.00 per night (includes breakfast, heated pool, fitness center);

 

Courtyard Marriott, 780 Bridgeport Avenue, Shelton, CT  06484, 1-203-929-1500 or 1-800-MARRIOTT, Conference rate: $83.00 per night (Mention NEPCA for conference rate; indoor pool, exercise room, lounge and restaurant);

 

Hilton Garden Inn, 25 Old Stratford Road Shelton, CT   06484, 1-203-447-1000, Conference rate: $83.00 per night (indoor pool, hot tub, and exercise room);

 

Red Roof Inn, 10 Rowe Avenue, Milford, CT   06460, 1-203-877-6060, Conference rate: $72.99 per night;

 

Trumbull Marriott Merritt Parkway, 180 Hawley Lane Trumbull, CT  06611, 1-203-378-1400 or 1-800-682-4095, Conference rate: $99.00 per night (up to 4 people per room; Mention NEPCA for conference rate, health club, hot tub, indoor and outdoor pool, restaurants).

 

 

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Directions to Sacred Heart University:

 

By Air: Those flying to the conference can use JFK or LaGuardia airports in New York City, or Bradley in Windsor Locks, CT.  Transportation from NYC Airports: Connecticut Limousine to State Street, Bridgeport, CT. For more information see www.ctlimo.com. From Bridgeport drop off point take a taxi to the university or hotel. Also, Prime Time Airport Shuttle goes to many local hotels. For more information see www.2theairport.com. NOTE: Transportation services from all three airports is expensive and one might find car rental a cheaper option.

By Train: Bridgeport Train Station: Use Metro North service to Bridgeport from NYC and New Haven www.mta.net. Amtrak also serves Bridgeport and New Haven.  Check www.amtrak.com  Once again, taxis are costly so car rental might be a good option. 

By Ferry:  Bridgeport Port Jefferson Ferry from Port Jefferson Long Island to Bridgeport: For more information check www.secure-bpjferry.com .

Driving:

From New York via I-95 East or from Providence and New Haven I-95 West: Exit I-95 at  exit 27A in Bridgeport. Continue straight ahead on combined Routes 8 and 25 to fork. Bear left onto Route 25. Take Exit 7, Merritt Parkway South (Route 15) to exit 47. At end of ramp turn left onto Park Avenue and proceed two blocks to Sacred Heart University. Entrance on Park Avenue. Stop at information booth for directions for parking.

From Hartford and Points North via I-91 South: Take I-91 South to exit 17 Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) to exit 47 (Wilbur Cross Parkway becomes Merritt Parkway at Sikorsky Bridge). At end of ramp turn left onto Park Avenue and proceed two blocks to Sacred Heart University. Entrance on Park Avenue. Stop at information booth for directions for parking.

From New York or Hartford via Merritt or Wilbur Cross Parkways (Rt. 15) Take Route 15 North to exit 47. At end of ramp turn left onto Park Avenue and proceed two blocks to Sacred Heart University. Entrance on Park Avenue. Stop at information booth for directions for parking.

From Boston/New Hampshire and North via Mass Pike: Take the Mass Pike (Route 90) West to I-84 West (exit 9). Merge onto I-91 South to Wilbur Cross Parkway (Route 15) (Wilbur Cross Parkway becomes Merritt Parkway) to exit 47. At end of ramp turn left onto Park Avenue and proceed two blocks to Sacred Heart University. Entrance on Park Avenue. Stop at information booth for directions for parking.

From Airports: From JFK or La Guardia, make your way to 678 North and continue until it intersects with I-95 North.  Follow directions above from New York.  From Bradley, take I-91 South and follow directions from Hartford.