Community ConversationsCommunity Conversationshttp://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/103631Stokes CPGC Cafe2009-09-04T12:30:002009-09-04T13:30:00
September 4,2009 12:30PM–1:30PM
Stokes CPGC Cafe
"Where were you when Michael Jackson Died?"
Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Activities Office, and the Center for Peace and Global Citizenship for a joint endeavor which fosters open dialogue among members of the Haverford College community. Lively, hour-long discussions on contemporary issues will be guided by knowledgeable facilitators, including faculty, staff, students and other special guests.
Community Conversations will be hosted monthly from 12:30 p.m. -1:30 p.m., with lunch provided. Fall semester events will be held in the CPGC Café (104 Stokes); Spring semester programs will take place in the Multicultural Center (106 Stokes).
"Where were you when Michael Jackson Died?" - Celebrity and Public Grief in American Society facilitated by Lisa McCormick, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Celebrities and public figures die all time. Usually their passing barely registers in the public sphere, and little more is done than a brief tribute at the end of the evening news broadcast. But in some cases, the death of a celebrity captivates the public imagination for weeks, and the emotional response is so intense that it may leave an indelible mark on personal and collective memory. This past summer, we witnessed one such a case with the unexpected death of Michael Jackson. The memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles became a major media event. People across the country dropped whatever they were doing to watch the service so that they didn’t miss out on what they felt was a historic moment. Others gathered in public places to cry and to sing with strangers. What does the reaction to the King of Pop's death tell us about American society?
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