Any Philadelphia fans of ‘The Hunger Games‘ out there? There is a FREE Symposium titled ‘Are the Odds in Our Favor?: The Hunger Games on Fame, Fashion, and the Fate of Humanity‘ being held next Thursday, May 17th. It’ll take place at Temple University, discussing the themes and meanings within the Trilogy.
THE SYMPOSIUM AND PANEL DISCUSSION
The panelists will explore, reveal, and dissect some of the deeper and alternative meanings of The Hunger Games and what it says about our current society — including media and technology, domination and liberation, culture and celebrity, fashion and the future. Is The Hunger Games a parable for:
• A new feminist icon … or another faker celebrity?
• A new kind of warrior hero … or just another future TV sports star?
• Reality TV and the War on Terror … or the future hyperreality of war and TV?
• The 1% against the 99% of Occupy Wall Street … or the fate of the individual in the police-state of Panem-America?
• A future where American Idol meets Survivor and the Super Bowl … or a future cultural reversal where Disney meets Darwin in an electronic Dark Age?
• A future where 1984 meets Brave New World and Lord of the Flies … or where Soylent Green meets The Truman Show and Battle Royale.
• A future revolution of the 99% against the 1% … or a future “utopia” where revolution is simulated and few care to know the difference?
• The hunger for war, fashion, and entertainment … or the hunger for meaning in a meaningless universe?
Leah Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, the “Smart Pop” imprint, Benbella Books. Leah is also the editor of the anthology: The Girl Who Was On Fire (Benbella 2012), which explores the many meanings of The Hunger Games.
• Presentation title: “Are We Katniss .. Or Are We the Capitol?”
Angela Cirucci, Adjunct Professor (Media Studies), Lincoln University, PhD student, Temple University
• Presentation title: “Katniss Kardashian: Fame and Simulation”
Sherri Hope Culver, Director of the Center for Media and information Literacy, and Assistant Professor, Temple University.
• Presentation title: “Searching for Reality in a Fictional World: How The Hunger Games Plays on Our Enjoyment and Knowledge of Reality TV”
Osei Alleyne, PhD Student (Anthropology), University of Pennsylvania.
• Presentation title: Throw Your Three Sign Up: Race and Resistance in The Hunger Games
Barry Vacker, Associate Professor (Media Studies), Temple University.
• Presentation title: “The Odds Are In Our Favor For What? Four Possible Destinies in The Hunger Games“ [sure to bend the minds of the 1% and 99%]
Seating is limited, for details and to RSVP click here!