Western hosts NEPCA conference

For one weekend in the fall, the Northeast Popular Culture Association brought topics from science fiction and folklore to social media and Lady Gaga to the Western campus.

On Nov. 11 and 12, 2011, scholars from across the region presented their research and work at this year’s NEPCA conference.

The NEPCA is a regional affiliate of the American Culture Association and the Popular Culture Association. Since 1992, the association has promoted the study of pop and American culture by bringing together scholars of various intellectual disciplines. Among the works to be presented are “Eating La Famiglia: Consumption of Authenticity in Italian-themed Restaurants” and “Image as Spiritual Hologram: Lady Gaga & Alexander McQueen, Royalty of a Different Fashion.”

William H. Foster III, a professor of English from Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury, was the featured guest lecturer. A long-time comic book collector and researcher, Foster has written 15 books and nearly a dozen plays. He appeared as an expert commentator for CNN news and National Public Radio.

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Digging Deeper

One of several presenters at the NEPCA conference held on campus in November.