Lecture explores impact of horror films on culture

Dr. Kendall Phillips, Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies and Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies at Syracuse University, will present a lecture titled "Past, Present, Future Undead: George A. Romero's Legacy of Horror? on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium. This lecture is free and open to the public.

This talk will explore the ways in which Romero?s early films, especially Night of the Living Dead, shaped our contemporary views of horror, as well as the current and future prospects for the American conception of horror.

Phillips, who earned his Ph.D from Penn State, is the author of seven books and many more essays. His books on film include: Dark Directions: Romero, Craven, Carpenter and the Modern Film; Controversial Cinema: The Films that Outraged America; and Project Fears: Horror Films and American Culture. Other books include Global Memoryscapes: Contesting Remembrance in a Transnational Age; Framing Public Memory; Testing Controversy: A Rhetoric of Educational Reform; and Beyond Survival in the Academy: A Practical Guide for Beginning Academics.

This lecture is presented by the Penn State Berks Communication Arts and Sciences Program and is funded by the Endowment for Guest Lectures at the Berks Campus.

For more information, contact Dr. E. Michele Ramsey, Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Women's Studies, at 610-396-6148 or via e-mail at [email protected].