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University of Northern Iowa Professor to Lecture on Superheroes and Jewish Studies for Cassandra Voss Center at St. Norbert College

From St. Norbert College, October 24, 2014
by Erich Wegenke, erich.wegenke@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

Harry Brod, professor of philosophy and humanities at the University of Northern Iowa, will deliver a lecture at the Fort Howard Theatre in the Bemis International Center on the St. Norbert College campus, on Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. Entitled "'People of the Comic Book': It's a Man! Is He Jewish? It's Supermensch!", the lecture will examine the many popular superheroes with Jewish creators, and the themes of gendered power, powerlessness and immigrant longing common to those creators' works. It is free and open to the public.

Brod is a founding figure in the field of masculinities studies, which uses concepts from women's and gender studies to examine varying expressions of masculinity across different cultures and demographics. He has spoken and written extensively in a variety of fields, including philosophy, sociology, anti-racism and privilege, sexual consent and Jewish studies. His most recent book, "Superman is Jewish?: How Comic Book Superheroes Came to Serve Truth, Justice, and the Jewish-American Way," explores the subject of his lecture in greater detail.

This lecture is sponsored by the college's Cassandra Voss Center, and is part of the Center's yearlong slate of superhero-themed programs, collectively entitled "Kapow! Who's Your Hero?" The programs will focus on themes of power, heroes and identity, as explored through the medium of superhero comics.

Brod's lecture is co-sponsored by Prevention and Wellness Education, Counseling & Psychological Services, and the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion. Brod is also giving a talk entitled "Asking For It: The Ethics and Erotics of Sexual Consent." This talk will take place on Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Fort Howard Theater, and will also be free and open to the public.

For more information on the Cassandra Voss Center and its programming, email cvc@snc.edu or call 920-4033-1342.