The Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association recently held its Summer Research Institute at the Wm. T. Jerome Library.
Two dozen scholars from universities around the country convened for this weeklong research workshop and had the opportunity to work in the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies and the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives.
The institute is presented in partnership with BGSU’s Department of Popular Culture and the University Libraries (UL). Research fellow Lynn Bartholome, visiting assistant professor Esther Clinton and professor and acting chair Jeremy Wallach from the Department of Popular culture served as directors of this year’s institute.
“The University Libraries enjoyed collaborating with the PCA/ACA and the BGSU Department of Popular Culture to host the research institute,” said Dean Sara A. Bushong. “Scholars benefitted from the opportunity to explore treasures within the collections and to discuss their research with others.”
Among the presenters from University Libraries were Susannah Cleveland, head librarian of the Music Library and Bill Schurk Sound Archives, and Nancy Down, head librarian of the Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies. Presenting from the Department of Popular Culture were lecturer Charles Coletta, lecturer Matthew Donahue, instructor Tiffany Knoell, associate professor Montana Miller and associate professor Angela Nelson.
In addition to conducting research in the UL collections, participants took part in lectures and roundtable discussions on topics such as interpreting popular texts and exploring methodology, along with a presentation about Dr. Ray Browne, a distinguished university professor emeritus of popular culture for whom the Libraries’ popular culture collection is named.