Additional research forums will be held on Feb. 25 and Mar. 10. Speakers will be announced shortly.
Anna Peppard, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada postdoctoral fellow in Brock’s Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, had a piece recently published in The Walrus about themes of transformation, disguise and duality in superhero stories and how these themes relate to the LGBTQ community.
“In a film-and-television landscape increasingly saturated with superhero content, the CW network’s Batwoman — which debuted last fall and was renewed for a second season last week — is unique for at least two reasons: the title character, who is a lesbian, is the first openly LGBTQ superhero to headline a live action comic book adaptation; and the show’s star, Ruby Rose, who identifies as lesbian and gender fluid, is the first openly LGBTQ performer to portray a headlining superhero.
This isn’t a case of “in name only” diversity. The lesbian identity of Batwoman, civilian name Kate Kane, is woven into the show’s narrative premise. The show is adapted from a 2006 comic book reenvisioning of the character, which made her a former star recruit at West Point academy who is forced to abandon her dreams of a military career after an anonymous tip outs her as a lesbian. This compels Kate to find another way to serve, which leads to her becoming Batwoman. In the CW show, Kate is additionally compelled by necessity: Gotham City has descended into near anarchy after the mysterious disappearance of Batman three years earlier. Yet she is more directly compelled by love; she dons the Batsuit for the first time in order to save her military-academy ex-girlfriend, Sophie, from the clutches of a supervillain.”
Continue reading the full article here.
Join a supportive, diverse and inclusive community with the Ontario Public Service (OPS) – Ontario Internship Program (OIP).
The Ontario Internship Program offers a paid one-year internship to recent post-secondary graduates. It’s an excellent opportunity to gain experience, develop skills, and build a network in an organization that has been recognized as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People (2019).
Online applications will be accepted from January 6, 2020 until 11:59 a.m. on January 22, 2020. Placements begin in July 2020.
For more information, visit www.internship.gov.on.ca
There is an exciting international internship opportunity for CPCF students in Czech Republic. Masaryk University is offering a summer internship course worth 0.5 credits in a variety of fields relating to Media/Business Communication.
Students will gain 200 hours of work experience in a local business in Brno (unpaid) and have the opportunity to travel within the Czech Republic and surrounding countries as well. More information about the opportunity can be found here: https://czs.muni.cz/en/student-from-abroad/summer-schools/social-sciences/communication-internship
Internal applications are due February 1 and students can apply through Brock International’s online application: https://brocku.ca/international/mobility/summer/requirements/
Get crafty for a great cause! Join the Communication, Popular Culture and Film Student Society (CPCFSS) this Friday in Skybar Lounge in Isaac’s for a holiday crafting charity event. All crafts will be donated to kids staying in local hospitals over the holidays and raffle proceeds will go to Crafting for a Cure (CFC).
Two Days of Canada Organizing Committee, including (l-r) Elaine Aldridge-Low, Peter Lester, Marian Bredin, and Anthony Kinik. Not shown are Brian de Ruiter and Sarah Matheson.
Learn more about this event and download the conference programme here
The 2019 Grant Dobson Case Competition brief has been released. Hosted by the Department of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, the competition provides students with the opportunity to showcase their superior creativity and presentation skills to a panel of industry experts.
Start putting your teams together!
To learn more, click here
The Toronto Blue Jays have signed Brock Badgers starting pitcher Alex Nolan.
Nolan recently completed his third year in Media and Communications at Brock and becomes the third Badgers baseball player to be signed by an MLB club after Jamaal Joseph in 2004 and Shaun Valeriote in 2012.
Last season, the pitcher posted a stellar 11.72 strikeouts per nine innings. He had a 1.78 earned run average and 1.05 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) in 35.3 innings and walked only eight batters.
“Alex has made the program proud. He’s is the product of the culture that we have been building at Brock,” said head coach Marc LePage, who took over the program in 2016. “He’s been special for us and has turned things around. He’s a guy that works from dawn till dusk.”
Badgers pitching coach Fabio Del Rio has witnessed Nolan’s development first-hand. “Alex has worked really hard for this,” said Del Rio. “We have seen him evolve tremendously during his time at Brock.”
Nolan’s fastball touches 93 miles per hour, but that’s not what sets him apart.
“Alex has outstanding command of all of his pitches and has special off-speed techniques with a dynamic changeup, splitter and curveball,” added Del Rio.
Continuously working on refining his craft, Nolan has been pitching in the Northwoods League for the Kalamazoo Growlers this summer, where he has tossed 13 strikeouts in 11 innings.
With the Blue Jays set to assign Nolan to one of their minor league affiliates on Saturday, he won’t be eligible to return to the Badgers roster under Ontario University Athletics rules.
Associate Professor of Communication, Popular Culture and Film, Jennifer Good wrote a piece published Monday, June 10 in The Conversation about how media literacy should become a fundamental component of education through all levels of schooling.
From fictitious organizations posting polarizing messages on Facebook to robustly researched news stories being labelled “fake,” the pervasive power and importance of the media are clear.
And yet what is most concerning is not that fictitious stories are being shared as “real” and well-researched stories are labelled “fake.” Rather, the biggest problem is the lack of stories about how to thoughtfully address the situation not only through media regulation but also through education.
By focusing on media challenges one at a time as they arise, an opportunity is being missed to address the media’s messages and power systemically. Instead, in something akin to a “whack-a-mole” game, problems with social media are treated as isolated issues that keep popping up.
Continue reading the full article here.