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Chapman University Professor Deconstructs Major Pop Culture Influences for NAC Scholars

“We can test how you learn in a class by your scores, we can test your aptitude by the SAT’s. They’ve always said you can’t test heart, but with our kids you can test heart.” NAC Co-founder, Judge Jack K. Mandel, spoke highly of the 25 NAC Scholars who chose to extend their learning day by taking part in the first Chapman Visiting Scholars Series lecture of fall 2016 on Saturday, September 24.
 
The main presenter Julye Bidmead, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Chapman University, was accompanied by Chapman University Senior, Shannon Anarella, and Chapman University Class of 2015 alumna, Marilyn Love. The trio presented on two popular courses at Chapman University; “Disney: Gender, Race, and Religion” and “Deconstructing Hogwarts: Harry Potter in Context.” The presentation examined popular culture as an academic subject that provided a nonthreatening backdrop for thoughtful discussions of religion, race, gender, ethnicity, and social class. Read More
   
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