Communication and Media Studies Department

Faculty Present at PCA/ACA

Naomi Chiba photo

Dr. Matthew Killmeier and Naomi Chiba presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference in Boston on 4/13/2012.  

Dr. Killmeier presented his paper, Weird Radio: Dark Fantasy, Thriller-Drama, and their Gothic Roots. The paper assesses the 1942-43 radio program Dark Fantasy's links with the Gothic in order to unpack its cultural significances. While the program looked to the past in drawing upon Gothic conventions, its contemporary settings and scenarios offer insights into the anxieties of Americans living through the Depression and the beginnings of WWII.

Naomi Chiba presented her paper, The Revival of Postwar Discourses in Anime:  Takeuchi Yoshimi & Historical Amnesia in “The Big O”.  Her paper examines the Japanese mecha-anime series “The Big O” (1999: 2003) as an example of the revival of Japanese postwar discourses about war and war memories. Comparing the construction of social memory and amnesia, it analyzes explicit and implicit representations (Bordwell, 2008) about social amnesia in order to understand the symptomatic meanings of “The Big O.”

Ralph Blumenthal Talk

Ralph BlumenthalProfessors Matthew Killmeier and Jerry LaSala were recently awarded a Maine Humanities Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative Project Grant with matching funds from USM Provost Uzzi’s office.  The funds were used to bring Ralph Blumenthal, former New York Times investigative reporter to campus for a lecture and student workshop. Blumenthal and team won a Pulitzer for reporting on the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, which was the subject of his talk on Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pulitzer-winner Ralph Blumenthal's recent talk at USM is now available as an audio file. Blumethal's talk was sponsored by a Maine Humanities Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative Project Grant awarded to Professors Matthew Killmeier and Jerry LaSala.


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