Film expert to discuss influence of popular movies

By UW-Barron County

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.



Brian Becker