Media scholar to explore feminism and pop culture

Amy Peloff, a speaker from the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau, presents “Feminism and Pop Culture,” a discussion of what feminism means, at 6 p.m. Monday, July 23, at Sequim Library, 630 N. Sequim Ave.

Drawing on television and movies from the past 40 years (although focusing primarily on current and recent examples), Peloff, a media scholar, explores some of the fundamental principles of feminist thought and asks why we should care about popular culture’s presentation of these concepts. This multimedia and interactive presentation provides an accessible way to learn about feminism and how to critically “read” popular media.

Peloff will also present “Feminism and Pop Culture” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at the Port Angeles Library, 2210 S. Peabody St., and 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at the Clallam Bay Library.

Peloff is an affiliate assistant professor of gender, women and sexuality studies and the former assistant director of the Comparative History of Ideas program at the University of Washington. A feminist historian and media scholar, her work examines the role that popular culture has played in disseminating feminist ideas beyond the organizations and activists that identify as feminist in the United States.

Peloff’s writing on feminism has encompassed a variety of pop culture topics from Dolly Parton to Doctor Who, and she continually studies the ways in which ideas about identities are created, presented, and shared through media and popular culture.

Humanities Washington is designed to “spark conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, nurturing thoughtful and engaged communities” across Washington state. Speakers Bureau, one of Humanities Washington’s oldest and more popular programs, includes a roster of 31 cultural experts and scholars who offer public presentations across the state.

For more about Speakers Bureau, visit www.humanities.org/programs/speakers.

For additional information about this program, visit www.nols.org and select “Events,” call 360-417-8500 or email to discover@nols.org. Programs like these are offered free with generous support of Friends of Sequim Library and the Port Angeles Friends of the Library.

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