HPU Professor Of Communication Presents At Vermont Conference

HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 29, 2010 – Dr. Katherine Fowkes, professor of media and popular culture studies in the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication at High Point University, recently presented a paper at the 64th Annual University Film & Video Association Conference in Burlington, Vt. The conference, which brings professionals together to discuss production, history, theory and criticism of the media, was held Aug. 11 through 14.

In her presentation, Fowkes discussed the paper, titled “Reel Rabbits/Real Rabbits?,” which examines the figure of the rabbit in cinema. She uses three different films: “Harvey” (1950); “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” (1988); and “Donnie Darko” (2001) as her focus. In the paper, Fowkes argues that the figure of the rabbit provides a compelling link between the films despite their very different genres. Fowkes points out that the link between all three of these films is that they can also be described as fantasy films, and she argues that the rabbit has emerged as an important fantasy figure in cinema and pop culture. 

“The cinematic rabbit represents an area of interest I have encountered while working on my recent book, ‘The Fantasy Film,’ ” Fowkes says. “I hope to further pursue this topic in my research and writing, as well as incorporate some of this material into my myth and media class, exploring the cinematic rabbit as mythical trickster.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 42 undergraduate minors and seven graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at http://www.highpoint.edu/.

Chris Dudley

Vice President for Administration

336-841-4530 cdudley@highpoint.edu

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