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TEDx Orlando and Supeheroes

I'm gearing up for a presentation on the U.S. experience and Superhero for TEDx Orlando. TED talks are about ideas worth sharing and if you know anything about me you know I am a fan of comic books. I'm a fan of many things, but comics are easy for people to understand. Honestly, given the marginalizing nature of academic endeavors, having something to talk about that people understand is not a bad thing.

Despite my confused appearance, I have a pretty focused approach to scholarship. Yet, regardless of my focus, the vast majority of people dismiss academia. The old saying of "Those that can-do and those that cannot-teach" makes a lot of sense to people. It is wrong, thus proving the need for an education. Still, the United States puts a lot of stock in going out and "doing" as better than the learning and understanding achieved through intense study. Given this popular sentiment, you would think Rollins would be more well-known to the wider public …

No Ordinary Family

I recently completed a piece on No Ordinary Family for popmatters.com

My goal for this piece is of course to push beyond the surface to explore the symbolism associated with comics and superheroes in the United States.