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PR's Benton generates three published items
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Dr. Bond H. Benton, assistant professor of communication and a faculty member within the department’s Public Relations program, reports that he has recent had three academic highlights.

The first is an article, “Have You Paid Your Taxes? Bodyslams, Antisemitism, and the Case of Irwin R. Shyster,” which was published in the Journal of Popular Culture, the premier journal of popular culture studies. The piece explores how Anti-Semitism has been presented in the world of professional wrestling.

In addition, he recently had a piece accepted in Studies in Communication Sciences, one of the top communication journals in Europe. The article, “Redemptive Anti-Americanism and the Death of Captain America,” deals with the 2007 “assassination” of comic book hero Captain America from the Marvel Comics franchise, and how that storyline reflected profoundly Anti-American attitudes during the Iraq War.

Lastly, he’s pleased to have collaborated with fellow Communication Professor Tracy Marafiote to publish, “Fatalism, Fear, and Retribution: Japanese Environmentalism in Godzilla vs. Biollante,” which appears in the Journal of Japanese Science Fiction Fantasy. This article examines the 1989 film “Godzilla vs. Biollante” and how it engages Japanese perspectives on fatalism and environmentalism.

It is viewable at www.historyvortex.org/godzilla_vs_biollante.html



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Arts on Campus

Fredonia alumni and faculty shine at Artie Awards

It was a great night for Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance alumni and faculty at the 24th Annual Artie Awards held on June 2 at the Town Ballroom in Buffalo. The Arties is Buffalo’s annual celebration of its theatre season, a time to acknowledge the contributions of actors, designers and theatre companies in the city, and also a fundraising event for the Erie County Medical Center Immunodeficiency Services.

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Signups begin for Fredonia children's drama day camp
Signups begin for Fredonia children's drama day camp

The world of dramatic arts will come alive for area children who join the annual Playground Drama Day Camp at Rockefeller Arts Center at Fredonia. The first camp, for children ages 11 to 18, will be staged Aug. 11 to 16, the second session, for ages 7 to 12, runs Aug 18 to 23.

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Fredonia to offer ‘Intensive’ Shakespeare camp for students
Fredonia to offer ‘Intensive’ Shakespeare camp for students

The Midsummer Shakespeare Intensive, a unique, all-inclusive overnight camp for students, ages 15 and up, which focuses on the works of William Shakespeare, will be conducted July 20-26 at Fredonia’s College Lodge. Morning studio sessions will focus on acting, voice and movement, while afternoon and evening sessions will be devoted to stage combat, rehearsals and Shakespearean master classes.

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Fredonia to host week-long student film production workshop
Fredonia to host week-long student film production workshop

A casting and crew call is being issued for Action Film Workshops, an introduction to digital media production, that the State University of New York at Fredonia Department of Theatre and Dance will host for students, ages 13 and up, at Rockefeller Arts Center from July 28 through Aug. 2. For more information or to obtain registration materials, contact Sharon@fredonia.edu.

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Concerto Competition winners announced

The School of Music has announced the winners of the 2014 Concerto Competition including saxophonist Joseph Bennett, soprano Margaret van Norden and pianist Callen Lange. The event was held Sunday, May 4, in King Concert Hall.

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