Popular culture driving higher education choices

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Portland State University offers a course titled “Exploring Buffy the Vampire Slayer;” West Virginia University offers “Welcome to the Whedonverse: Exploring Popular Culture Through the Works of Joss Whedon;” and in 2012, Rutgers University offered “Politicizing Beyoncé.” Although popular culture’s influence at LSU Shreveport is less institutionalized, it is no less present.

Recently, such influence expressed itself through a lecture comparing the lives of “The Hunger Games” fictional heroine Katniss Everdeen and American historical figure Annie Oakley. The lecture was written and presented by Thomas Du Bose, associate professor of English and advisor to the English club.

In an interview, Du Bose discussed why popular culture is an important teaching tool for professors.

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