Exploring creativity at Hampden-Sydney College
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
4:30 PM - Crawley Forum
Gregory Pak, Superman, Batman, and Code Monkey: Comic Books and Creativity
Greg Pak, an American New York-based film director/comic book writer, known for his work on books published by Marvel Comics, including X-Treme X-Men and several titles featuring the Incredible Hulk. Pak was born in Dallas, Texas, and graduated from Yale University, where he was a member of the Purple Crayon improv group, and studied history at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and film at New York University.
7:30 PM - Crawley Forum
Adam Booth, My Journeys of Mythical Reputation and Self-Destruction
Adam Booth, a storyteller and musician born and raised in the hills of West Virginia, tells stories that blend and share generations of Appalachian and Jewish heritage with life lessons and a bit of mischief. His original and traditional storytelling and music reflect his Appalachian upbringing. He travels the country sharing his contemporary art as entertainment and education. His storytelling has won many awards, including 2013 Storytelling World Award Honors and four first-place finishes in the West Virginia Liars' Contest.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
11:30 AM - John's Auditorium
Kristin Scott, Augmented Gender Identities in Massive Multiplayer Online Environments
Kristin Scott is a term assistant professor of Integrative Studies in New Century College at George Mason University and a Ph.D. candidate in Cultural Studies. She has taught courses in art and media culture, digital technologies, gender studies, and interdisciplinary studies for almost ten years. Her current research examines the "digital city." Through her research, Kristin explores how major urban digital technological initiatives complicate or problematize current debates about digital public spheres, the role of digital technologies in the functioning of civil society, and how abstract, ideological concepts of the "digital city" articulate with actual digital technological claims and programs. Her fields of research include visual, media, and digital cultures; urban culture, mobilities, and spatial practices; digital urban sustainability; the securitization and militarization of urban spaces; postmodern bodies and biotechnologies; and science and technology studies.
4:30 PM: Into the Woods: Creative Masculinity in Unexpected Places - Callie Clare and Michael Lecker.
Callie Clare is author of Potions & Notions: The Legacy of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky. The book was adapted from Clare's master's thesis. "Potions & Notions" chronicles the socioeconomic characteristics of the small river town and includes photographs of many locals who call Rabbit Hash home, including herself. It explores the appeal of the town, the media attention it receives, and how the locals respond to its ever-increasing notoriety. Clare received her M.A. in popular culture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and is working on her doctorate in folklore and American studies at Indiana University.
Michael Lecker is a Visiting Assistant Professor of the Humanities and the 2013-2014 Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) scholar at Hampden-Sydney. His position combines the study of men and masculinities with the existing QEP initiative, "Preparing Good Men and Great Leaders for a Culturally Diverse World." His courses include "Superheroes & Psychos: Masculinity in the Media," "Men on the Hill: Introduction to Ethnography," and "That's Not Natural: Masculinity, Nature, and the Rural," as well as the spring symposium course on the topic of "Masculinity and Creativity." Michael is a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies Program at George Mason University.
7:30 PM: Creativity at Hampden-Sydney - H-SC Alumni participate in a roundtable discussion, moderated by Shirley Kagan, Elliott Professor of Theater, who is in her 17th year at Hampden-Sydney. Joining in the discussion are C. Frank Archer, Jr. '73, Associate Professor of Fine Arts; Matthew E. MacFarland '11, studying for a MFA in Poetry at UVA; Christopher M. Mize '89, Virginia's Wine Artist; and C. Clifton Sorah '83, the Martin Agency.
Free and open to the public, all sessions will be held in Crawley Forum on the campus of Hampden-Sydney College.