9:00 PM, Free
The Hungry Brain
2319 W Belmont
Britney Spears 101
Liz Mason, Chris Smit, and Judy Hoffman will each speak on topic of Britney Spears.
Liz Mason has been self-publishing zines for fourteen years. Her work has been printed in such publications as The Chicago Tribune, Punk Planet, Venus, Lumpen and The Zine Yearbook. Her most recent published work is “Caboose #7: Britney Spears 101,” which focuses on her experience undergoing treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer, as seen through the lens of consumerism, celebrity obsession and public scrutiny.
Christopher Smit, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His newest book is “The Exile of Britney Spears: A Tale of 21st Century Consumption.” His work on disability, aesthetics, culture, and popular music can be found in a variety of texts and journals. He is also an award-winning singer-songwriter and musician who currently fronts the band The New Midwest.
Judy Hoffman is an award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer, as well as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Chicago in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies and Department of Visual Arts. Hoffman has worked on films about such topics as Howard Zinn, Studs Terkel,the Dalai Lama and Chicago politics, just to name a few. She is also the director of Stages: 3 Days In Mexico, about Britney Spears’ 2002 concerts in Mexico City.