Popular Culture and Communication

Friday, January 20, 2006

7:00 p.m., Panel discussion: "An Overview of the Topic"
Dr. Raymond Haberski, Dr. Thomas Hibbs, Dr. Carson Holloway, and Prof. Michael Palmer

8:00 p.m., Dr. Thomas Hibbs: "Nihilism and Heroism in Pop Culture: What's Wrong (and Right) with Hollywood?"

Dr. Thomas S. Hibbs is Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Culture and Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University. He taught at Boston College for thirteen years, where he was professor and department chair in philosophy. He has written two scholarly books on Aquinas and a book on popular culture, Shows About Nothing. Dr. Hibbs has written on film, culture, and higher education in Books and Culture, Christianity Today, New Atlantis, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, The Weekly Standard, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Saturday, January 21, 2006

9:00 a.m., Dr. Raymond Haberski: "Contemporary Pop Culture and Classical Philosophy."

Dr. Raymond J. Haberski, Jr. is author of It’s Only a Movie: Films and Critics in American Culture, (2001), and anticipates publication of The Heroic Age of Moviegoing: New York City Movie Culture from The Bicycle Thief to Deep Throat in the fall of 2006. He is editor for the H-Net group H-net Ideas where he has moderated a virtual symposium on democratic culture. He has lectured at universities both nationally and internationally and has contributed to the Journal of American History, the Journal of Popular Culture, Film and History, and to the on-line journal Scope.

10:30 a.m., Dr. Carson Holloway: "Contemporary Pop Culture and Classical Philosophy."

Dr. Carson Holloway is assistant professor of political science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a visiting fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. His first book, All Shook Up: Music, Passion, and Politics, explores the accounts of music and politics offered by Plato, Aristotle, Rousseau, and Nietzsche and addresses the contemporary controversy over the moral consequences of popular music. His forthcoming book, The Right Darwin: Evolution, Religion, and the Future of Democracy, is a critique of political and moral theories derived from Darwinian evolution. He has published articles in The Review of Politics, Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy, the Catholic Social Science Review, and First Things.

1:00 p.m., Prof. Michael Palmer: "From Woody Allen to C.S. Lewis and from Plato to Neil Postman: A Consideration of Meaning and Class in Popular Culture."

Mr. Michael Palmer is an associate professor of Communication Studies at Bryan College, having previously taught at Samford University and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. With roots in both Africa and the United States, and with academic roots in both religious and communication studies, his academic concentrations include the psychology of communication, interpersonal and mass communication, and cultural studies.

2:30 p.m., Panel discussion: Closing comments and questions