Faculty Lecture focuses on heroine stories in popular film


The next Adams State University Faculty Lecture "When a "Hero Story" becomes a "Heroine Story" in U.S. Popular Film," by Beth Bonnstetter, assistant professor of communications, begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in Porter Hall room 130. Although the faculty lecture series typically are scheduled for Wednesdays, this particular lecture is scheduled for a Thursday.

The "Hero Myth," a theme in Western culture involving a lone hero completing a quest, has traditionally been reserved for male heroes. However, on rare occasions, a film appears in which a female goes on the quest. This talk examines how the myth operates in Victor Fleming's Wizard of OZ (1939) and Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010). The myth in these films emphasizes personal empowerment in both these films, and encourages women to deny romance in favor of pursuing "loftier goals." Although these themes are built into the myth, I examine how specifically they "apply" to women, how they can be empowering/disempowering, and how they reflected the time that each film was released—and now.

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Kristy Duran, assistant professor of biology, at 719-587-7767, or klduran@adams.edu.