Programs/Speakers

The Hunger Games explores many themes present in modern day as well as the past. We are excited to present a series of lectures on topics that touch on just a few of these ideas. Join us for one or more!

  • Gone With the Wind? Never: Scarlett O’Hara and Southern Womanhood
    by Lucinda MacKethan, Ph.D.
     We will discuss the historical stereotypes of Southern women that went into the creation of the character Scarlett O’Hara, especially as portrayed in the 1939 film of Margaret Mitchell’s novel Gone With the Wind. Then we will look at the stereotypes that resulted from this creation, the way in which Scarlett was both a composite of older ideals of womanhood and a very new type of woman who reflected the changing world of the South in the 1920s and 30s. Does Scarlett O’Hara still figure into the ways in which Southern women are viewed today? We will also address the “Mammy” image and the “Prissy” figure from the film to address stereotypes of black women and how they have been perpetuated or have changed since the film. For more information call (704) 991-0261.

             September 5  @ 12:00-1:30 pm   Stanley Community College
                        For more information call (704) 991-0261.

  • Language of Film: How we are Manipulated by Media
    by John Santa
    Walk into any room full of people and ask how many know the language of film and virtually no one will raise their hand. But it is estimated that Americans spend a minimum of four and a half hours a day watching television. The fact is, by the time we reach our teens we are so completely conversant with the conventions of film and video that we are ALL unconscious experts.  This lecture seeks to examine how the creators of media use that unconscious knowledge to manipulate the viewer: sometimes to entertain, and sometimes for motives not quite so benevolent.
     
             
    September 18 @ 6:00-7:30 pm   Rowan Public Library; Salisbury
             For more information call (704) 216-8229.
    September 20 @ 5:30-7:00 pm  Edwards Memorial Library; Marshville
             For more information call (704) 624-2828.

 

  • Are You For Real?!: Reality Television, Popular Culture and Authenticity 
    by Rodney Lippard, MLIS
    It is clear that The Hunger Games was influenced by the role of reality television in today’s culture.  This program will explore the short history of what is referred to as “reality television” and the long-term implications it may have on popular culture.  Also, while the games were real, the situation was certainly not and was being controlled by the Gamemaker; how does this compare with the idea of reality television?  Is it real or is it scripted?  What is authentic when it comes to reality television?  This and other questions will be explored through this program.       

     September 25 @ 12:00-1:30 pm  Rowan Community College, South Campus 
            For more information call (704) 216-3694.  
    September 27 @ 12:00-1:30 pm   Rowan Community College, North Campus
            For more information call (704) 216-3694.

 

  • Long Legacies: Remarkable Survivals in Appalachian Folk Life
    by Charlotte Ross, Ed.D
    The roots of culture grow very long, and change comes slowly into traditional societies. Despite pressures of modernization and three centuries of adaptation to a new land, there are remarkable survivals in the material culture of the Appalachian region. Using slides, folklorist Charlotte Ross argues that the way mountaineers prepare their meals, use their land, and build their homes closely resembles Celtic patterns in Western Europe. Ross asks that we consider these survivals, not as artifacts, but as ideas. When an idea reflects a deeply held core value, it has the ability to survive societal changes, to span continents and centuries, and to manifest itself in artifacts. This program explores the cultural values behind these remarkable survivals in Appalachian folklife. Audiences may choose one of the following as the focus for the program: foodways, farm plans and land use, architecture, or folk art, such as quilts, pottery, baskets and toys.
           
    October 9 @ 5:30-7:00 pm Cabarrus County Public Library; Concord 
            Call 704-920-2053 for more information.

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