Popular films influence everything from clothing styles to political ideology, and romantic comedies can also teach us how we should interpret and process relationship cues, according to University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County English professor Julie Tharp. However, this cognitive theory may help explain how viewers may bring home much more than a ticket stub from a movie outing, leading some to accept faulty beliefs and even endorse dangerous societal myths, added Tharp, who will be the featured speaker on October 12 as part of UW-Barron County’s Thursdays @ the U Lecture and Performance Series. Her talk, titled “How Rom-Coms Teach Us to Love our Stalkers,” will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Ritzinger Room 234).
At UW-Marshfield/Wood County, Tharp teaches Multicultural Literature, Women's Studies and Film Studies. She has a deep interest in world cinema, cuisine and travel. As a 2001 Fulbright Scholar, she taught at the National University of Singapore. Her 2016 Fulbright experience brought her to Mumbai, India for six months. She also has taught for UW-River Falls in its Experience China and Wisconsin in Scotland programs.
The Thursdays @ the U series is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. UW-BC is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. For more information, call the campus at 715-234-8176.