This presentation will explore the ways in which the popular culture that surrounds us—movies, TV and music—can seep into our personal experience and become “equipment for living.” We will present example from film (Star Wars and Indiana sports movies like Hoosiers, Rudy, Breaking Away and Madison) and music (the Louisville-based band, My Morning Jacket & Bob Dylan), and we will encourage the audience members to share examples of their own.
As an undergraduate, Dr. Dine Young (B.A. Miami (Ohio) University M.A. Clark University Ph.D. Clark University), majored in psychology and minored in film studies, combining his interests in the human mind with his love of movies. In graduate school, he explored interdisciplinary interests in symbolism, narrative and identity development at the same time he was trained in clinical psychology. He has since pursued a research program on "movies as equipment for living" - how movies (as well as other art and narrative forms) become a part of people's autobiographical memories and personal identities. Recently, he has written a book, Psychology at the Movies, that summarizes the many ways psychologists have studied movies.
Bill Bettler (B.A., Oberlin College M.A., Ph.D., Purdue University) was nourished in the small-town experience of Middle America by parents who are both linguists and who placed emphasis on the life of the mind and travel. His natural interest in music and culture has led him to consider the impact of the popular media as a special source of symbol production, capable of creating and imparting significant meaning to audiences when they are exposed to them or simply enjoy them. All ages. No registration necessary. Free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 812/265-2744 for more information. The Bicentennial Speaker Series presents experts speaking about timely topics on Thursdays. Upcoming speakers for the spring series are: April 19, Lake Lambert; and May 24, Barbara Garvey.