The Hunger Games Symposium

May 3, 2012

Many thanks to all who attended our Hunger Games symposium “Are the Odds in Our Favor?: The Hunger Games on Fame, Fashion, and the Fate of Humanity.”  Each speaker brought a unique perspective to the discussion.  We touched on the link of reality TV to the Hunger Games, compared Katniss to Kim Kardashian, explored the deeper issues of race and gender, and considered how the Hunger Games is shaping our society (and how society shaped the Hunger Games).

All of the speakers powerpoint presentations are available here:</p

Link to story on SCT website:

DATE: Thursday, May 17, 2012
TIME: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Temple University Center City campus, 16th and Market, Philadelphia.
• The Center for Media and Destiny, Philadelphia.
• The Center of Media and Information Literacy

Leah Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, the “Smart Pop” imprint, Benbella Books. Leah is also the editor of the anthology: The Girl Who Was On Fire (Benbella 2012), which explores the many meanings of The Hunger Games.
• Presentation: “Are We Katniss .. Or Are We the Capitol?”
Sherri Hope Culver, Director of the Center for Media and information Literacy, and Assistant Professor, Temple University.
• Presentation: “Searching for Reality in a Fictional World: How The Hunger Games Plays on Our Enjoyment and Knowledge of Reality TV”
Angela Cirucci, Adjunct Professor (Media Studies), Lincoln University, PhD student, Temple University
• Presentation: “Katniss Kardashian: Fame and Simulation”
Osei Alleyne, PhD Student (Anthropology), University of Pennsylvania.
• Presentation: “Throw Your Three Sign Up: Race and Resistance in The Hunger Games”
Barry Vacker, Associate Professor (Media Studies), Temple University.
• Presentation: “The Odds Are In Our Favor For What? Four Possible Destinies in The Hunger Games”