The good, the bad and the ugly: Crime in pop culture and the media
From crime fighting comic book superheroes to the blockbuster Godfather movies, American popular culture has had a long fascination with criminals, crime and justice.
Fall semester at Minot State University, students enrolled in a class titled "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," have examined the way television, pop music, graphic novels and movies portray criminal justice, and will share what they have learned on the Northwest Art Center Lecture Series, Monday, November 19, at 7:00 p.m. in the Aleshire Theater, MSU.
The students, all freshmen, are enrolled in a First Year Experience program which links two standard courses, in this case "Fundamentals of Public Speaking" taught by Rick Watson, and "Introduction to Criminal Justice," taught by Melissa Spelchen, with a seminar class that explores a special theme. Kevin Neuharth instructs the seminar portion of this project, and all three instructors have collaborated to create assignments around the theme of crime in popular culture.
The same students registered for all three connected courses to form a learning community. The FYE program is designed to help new students transition successfully into university life by means of group interaction, collaborative projects, and peer mentoring.
The presentation is free and open to the public. An informal reception will follow the presentation. Parking on the MSU campus is unrestricted after 5 p.m.
The Northwest Art Center Lecture Series is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.