The ‘Man of Steel’ Examined in UCA History Symposium

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The ‘Man of Steel’ Examined in UCA History Symposium

CONWAY, Ark. (Oct. 3) –   Examining popular culture in history, including the use of Superman as a metaphor for 20th Century America, is the focus of a symposium at the University of Central Arkansas.

The 2011 History Symposium: Popular Culture in History is scheduled for Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at the Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center located on the UCA campus. The event is sponsored in by the UCA Department of History and by The Point 94.1FM.

The symposium also will look at pop culture in the 1950s, graffiti in the ancient world, and popular culture in Victorian Britain.

Keynote speaker Dr. Randy Roberts will lead the conference with a discussion entitled, “Pop Culture Goes to War: America in the 1940s”. Dr. Roberts is a distinguished professor of history at Purdue University. He has authored, co-authored or edited 16 books in the area of American culture and social history. Roberts has also made more than 50 appearances on various television documentaries.

The symposium is a conference for teaching the social studies and targets educators of all grade levels.  The 2011 History Symposium: Popular Culture in History is directed toward educators, but is open to the general public. Each participant will receive a complimentary ticket to the UCA vs McNeese State football game following the symposium.

Registration is available online at: uca.edu/historysymposium. A fee of $25 is required upon registration. For information about the history symposium at UCA,contact Dr. Kenneth Barnes at kennethb@uca.edu

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