The Dead Poets Society: Why we (don’t) study the humanities [Video]

This one goes out to all my English majors. God bless ya.

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Vulcans vs. Nazis: Why fascism always wins in film [Video]

Bit of a change of pace! I had the honor to be asked to speak at the American College of Greece (Deree) for Sociology Week. The theme was Social Causes and Impact of Populism and Extremism, which gave me the opportunity to break out the Nazis-in-film material I’ve unsuccessfully been trying to condense into a short-enough video. This talk was for an audience of Greek sociology students and faculty (Deree doesn’t have a film department). They were all lovely and responsive, so definitely listen through to the Q&A.

In this twenty-minute talk, I discuss the figure of the Nazi in pop culture from Star Trek to Fight Club, as well as where Hollywood leaves us vulnerable to fascist ideology in disguise.

[Below is a transcript of the intro and presentation. It does not include the Q&A that starts around 25:00.]

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