Pop Culture’s Role in Imperial America AND Autism Aid — 7.21.18

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(Pictured l to r: Ashley Walding, Camilla Fojas)

We spoke with Camilla Fojas whose work is a fascinating look at how, through popular culture, Americans see themselves and those perceived as “the other” exploring capitalism, nationalism, and more. We also got a look into an important organization helping people overcome the challenges of autism with Ashley Walding of the Virginia Institute of Autism.

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Camilla Fojas is an author, and professor in the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virgina, whose research and books are a fascinating look at how, through popular culture, Americans see themselves and those perceived as “the other” exploring imperialism, capitalism, nationalism, race and ethnicity, as well as justice and tolerance. She has explored a wide range of media in books including “Zombies, Migrants, and Queers,” “Border Bandit:, Hollywood on the Southern Frontier” “Islands of Empire: Pop Culture and U.S. Power; and Mixed Race Hollywood. She is working on a new book on migrants at the border, and the apparatus their entitled Border Securities: Border Futures.

Ashley Walding is the Director of Outpatient Behavioral Services at the Virginia Institute of Autism, a Charlottesville organization which helps children and adults overcome the challenges of autism, participate more meaningfully in daily life and to gain more independence. We heard how they do that, and some amazing success stories.

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