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Knox Magazine

Volume 92, Issue 1

Knox Magazine Spring 2008 Popular Culture IssueThanks to cable television, the internet, and 24-hour news cycles, it?s impossible to escape pop culture. It would be hard to find an American who hasn?t glanced at a tabloid or who doesn?t know about the travails of Britney Spears or recognize Tony Soprano. Love it or hate it, pop culture is here to stay. And it?s made its way into the halls and classrooms of Knox College.

Contents
Letters: Read the President's Message, Editor's Note, and letters to the editor.

Knox Life is 24/7: No matter the time of day, Knox students are discussing issues from class in their dorm suite, typing away in the computer lab, preparing for a presentation in Seymour Library, or rehearsing for an upcoming play in Harbach Theatre. At Knox, it is never a question of "what will we do?" but rather, "what will we do next?" Read more.

Pop Culture in the Classroom: Pop culture is part of everyday life, even Knox's classrooms. A number of Knox's regular courses study popular culture in its various forms -- Media and Globalization, Japanese Popular Culture, and Political Communication, to name a few -- but pop culture makes it into classrooms in other ways and forms. In some cases, popular culture, especially movies and television, sparks students' interest in certain fields of study. Read more.

Love Gossip? Don?t Worry. It?s Only Human Nature: Many social critics have bemoaned the current explosion of popular culture as if it reflects some sort of collective character flaw, but, in fact it is nothing more than the inevitable outcome of the collision between 21st-century media and stone-age minds. Read more.

Getting Made in America: The Evolution of the American Gangster:  Instances of popular culture function as modes of understanding, offering us terms by which we make, and avoid making, our experiences -- ourselves -- intelligible. Take the history of American gangster movies as an example. Read more.

Why We Can?t Live without Mr. Darcy: Two hundred years ago, Jane Austen wrote a story about a boy and a girl who, after overcoming several obstacles, fall in love and live happily ever after. In essence, it's the plot of every romantic comedy we've ever watched. A few pages into Pride and Prejudice, we know exactly how it will end -- with the marriage of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy.  Read more.

Celebrating Outstanding AchievementsMeet the four winners of the 2008 Alumni Achievement Awards -- Dick Cheney '43, Alan Anderson '56, Keith Belzer '85, and Ander Monson '97.

Nelson Dean Jay: An Alumnus, Almost Forgotten: The name Nelson Dean Jay means very little on campus today. There is no plaque describing his humble beginnings, his rapid success in banking, his awards from four nations for service in World War I, or his considerable professional reputation across the continent from roughly 1920 to 1960. Yet Jay may very well have been one of Knox's most distinguished graduates between 1837 and 1905. Read more.

Class Notes: Catch-up with your classmates and friends!