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Professor Meindl Organizes Women’s History Panel
By Courtney Young
Communications Professor Michael Meindl is organizing a panel for Women’s History Month, centered on women in media, titled; “Reflecting on a Princess and a General, Carrie Fisher and the History of Women and the Moving Image.”
The ‘round table’ style panel will be held on March 16 at 5:30 p.m. The location will be announced as the date approaches.
Panelists include Radford University professors; Jim Collier, Sean Kotz, and Molly Hood. Other panelists are Dr. Twange Kasoma and Jodie Mckaughan, a graduate student.
“I’d like to keep myself as moderator, but I’d rather have people separate from me to be able to respond, and I wanted to represent minorities and an international perspective,” Meindl said as he explained his reasons for inviting the panelists.
Inspired by the legacy of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Meindl hopes to discuss the many problems of women and the moving image, like women being stereotyped in cinema and the history of women and film awards.
“Carrie Fisher was someone who broke stereotypes, and currently people say they’re breaking away from the stereotypes when they’re actually feeding into it,” Meindl explained.
“While I’m using Carrie Fisher as a jumping off point, we’re focusing on the history of women and the moving image and as much as those different perspectives that we can bring in,” Meindl said as he explained the game plan for the panel.
The panelists will be given five to ten minutes on a topic then they will turn to the audience to further the discussion.
Having experienced orchestrating panels at his previous university, the University of Georgia, Meindl envisions more panels such as this one. Using this one as a pilot, he hopes to put on panels of similar discussion at least once a semester.
“I don’t want this to be a typical conference panel, it’s something that matters to all of us,” Meindl said as he expressed his excitement for the upcoming event.