In the first installment of our Saturday Morning Television series, we’ll be dishing about theBachelor(ette) franchise, paying especially close attention to the current season. We’ll look at what it means to be the “perfect woman” or “perfect man” on the series, and talk about how the unreality of reality television affects our perception of everyday life.
Our conversation will range from gender theory to television production tricks to discussions about what it means that we love to hate at least one contestant each season (lookin’ at you, Chad). Die hard series fans and newbies alike welcome to drink mimosas, eat pastries, laugh, and undertake a nerdy examination of what it means to have a “guilty pleasure.”
Cost: Free / Suggested Donation $30
About your instructors: Dr. Shannon D. Mancus & Kim Pendleton
Shannon Davies Mancus received her M.A. and Ph.D. from George Washington University. Her forthcoming first book examines the political implications of the modern environmental movement. Her teaching experience includes a range of classes including “Film and Politics,” “US Media & Cultural History,” and “Introduction to the Arts in America,” and Modern American Cultural History. She has also worked as a teaching artist for the Manhattan-based Women’s Project, helping at-risk teenagers write, develop, and perform anti-violence theatre pieces. She is also the Director of the American Studies Film Club. She has presented at national and international conferences, as well as taught overseas in Florence, Italy. Her teaching has been awarded with George Washington University’s highest honor for undergraduate instruction. She also loves the Bachelor.
Kimberly Pendleton is a PhD candidate in American Studies at George Washington University. Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, religion and international humanitarian work. Kimberly holds a B.A. from Georgetown University, as well as a M.A. in American Religious History from Yale Divinity School. Her dissertation explores the ways that religious ideology and humanitarian intervention overlap, and the impact of their intimate connection on international productions of gender and sexuality. Her teaching experience includes U.S. and transnational religion, globalization and imperialism, humanitarian work and representations of global crisis, and gender/sexuality studies, among others. Her work has won numerous fellowships and grants. She is a new Bachelor enthusiast and loves applying gender theory to pop culture.