“A Woman’s Work is Never Done: How The Walking Dead Co-opted the Slasher and Created a Radical Feminist Discourse,” 45th Annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, New Orleans, LA, April 2015. Chair.
“Polluted Bodies: How Lesbian Coding in Dracula’s Daughter and Cat People Creates Terror,” 44th Annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Chicago, IL, April 2014.
“Laundry & Ammo: The Unexpected Feminism in AMC's The Walking Dead,” MAPACA, Atlantic City, November 2013.
“Final Monster: The Subversive Potential of Barbra in Night of the Living Dead, 1990,” Rhetorical Criticism & Film Analysis Class, Northampton, December 2012.
“Whitewashed Stories: How Young Adult Books Marginalize the Asian-American Experience,” 42nd Annual Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference, Boston, April 2012.
“Butter Churning 2.0: Overlooked Titles in Historical Fiction for Tweens,” Hillsborough High School Community Day, New Jersey, 2011.
“Comic Books, Graphic Novels & Illustrated Biographies: How They Can Teach History” Hillsborough High School Book Forum, New Jersey, 2010
“Twitter-Dat: How to Use Social Networking Tools to Develop Community,” Hillsborough Public Library Professional Development, New Jersey, 2010.
“Divas & Drama Queens: Female Archetypes and the Daytime Serial,” 3rd Wave Feminism Panel, 2007
“Woman, Man or Beast: Cosplay as a Means to Redefine Gender Stereotypes,” Holland Anime Con, 2006.
“Notable African Americans: Creating a Web Catalog of Achievement,” University of Pittsburgh, 2004.
“Gracie Allen and the Approachable Feminist,” Northampton Media Symposium, 2001.
“Feminist Accused of Sexual Harassment: The Strange Case of Jane Gallop,” American Forensics League, University of Austin, Texas, 1999.
“You Want to Put the Flag Where? Censorship and the Larry Flynt Movie Poster,” National Forensics Association, Eastern Michigan University 1999.
Book Trailer Boot Camp Join me for this information packed program which will give you all the tools you’ll need to teach your library’s teens how to make creative, online book trailers! Designed as an immersion class, this class runs for 12 hours over the period of two days. At the end of the program, you will have two book trailers you’ve created and the confidence to pay those skills forward.
Digital Storytelling Intended for middle school students, this workshop explores how to select creative works for incorporation into a portfolio. I then work with students to infuse each portfolio with multimedia elements specific to their portfolio. This workshop is four hours in length and can be spread out over two days.
Social Media 101 Learn how to create an online communications plan as well as a social media policy for your organization. We’ll also explore a variety of social media (Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, FourSquare, and more!) as well as how to use analytics to track audience response. This workshop is 6 hours in length and can be spread out over a number of days. It is not necessary to have social media accounts prior to class.
Documentary Storytelling In this class, we will explore a variety of documentary film formats with an emphasis on understanding narrative structure, composition, and visual composition. Students then explore the production side of the documentary film by producing and editing a film short five minutes in length.