Feb. 23, 2024–Missouri Western’s Pop Culture Club is hosting two talks on campus in March. Both events are free and open to the public.

Dr. James Okapal

Professor of Philosophy Dr. Jim Okapal will present “Enhancement and Alienation in ‘Flowers for Algernon’” on March 1 at noon in Popplewell 207. 

Associate Professor of Cinema Toby Lawrence will present “John Cassavetes: Independent Cinema under the Influence” on March 29 at 12:30 p.m. in Spratt 205.

Toby Lawrence

Pop Culture Club is an event series sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, featuring faculty and staff from several disciplines across campus. Organizer Dr. Susan Martens said the events are valuable to everyone.

“We have literature, we have film, we have all kinds of things,” Dr. Martens said. “And it’s fun.”

Following a short lecture about pop culture, attendees have time to talk in small groups. They talk about what they are watching, listening to and playing. Then there is question-and-answer time. 

Two additional events will take place later in the semester in conjunction with a new partnership with the Rolling Hills Public Library.

News release written by Patty Lashbrook, sophomore convergent journalism and public relations major.

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