Susan Cocalis of the German Department will co-present with Victoria Rizo-Lenshyn a discussion of "Witches & Women with Superpowers." They would like to discuss the shift in the representation of women with supernatural powers from the action-hero Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) popular in the 1990s to the more complex heroines like Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) and Bella of the Twilight series, who have a more passive, defensive power used by other supernaturals to shield them from harm. They will also discuss the role of witches in this context.
Professor Susan Cocalis attended Douglass College (Rutgers University) for her B.A. in German, and Princeton University for her M.A. & Ph.D. in German. After a post-doc in Ohio State University, she came to UMass Amherst in 1975 and has been here ever since. She has been teaching the "Witches" course (German 363) since 1995 and the "Grimms to Disney" (German 270) since 1997. Most recently, she has been writing creatively: dramas and humorous verse. A collection of her poems, Lessons out of School, was just published in June.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 8:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 24 if you plan to attend. We need an accurate count of attendees in order to purchase the correct amount of pizza.
This event is supported by the Parents Student Development Fund.