Campus News 2011

For Immediate Release
October 14, 2011

Popular Culture Symposium at SU Oct. 28

Pop CultureSchreiner University’s 13th annual Popular Culture Symposium will be noon-4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28, in the Schreiner Mansion Historic Site and Education Center, 226 Earl Garrett St., in Kerrville. The keynote speaker will be Donald Mace Williams, who will read selections from his epic poem, “Wolfe,” and discuss the cultural significance of Beowulf in contemporary popular culture. There also will be readings of original scholarly work by others, including Schreiner students, faculty and staff, along with scholars from other colleges and universities.

Williams, who now lives in Canyon, Texas, is a former newspaperman who has taught journalism at three universities, as well as working for such newspapers as The Wichita Eagle, Pine Bluff (Arkansas) Commercial, Amarillo Globe-News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and a special writer for Newsday (Long Island). He is the published author of two nonfiction books: “Italian POWs and a Texas Church: The Murals of St. Mary’s” and “Timberline, U.S.A.: High-Country Encounters from California to Maine.” His poetry has been published in such prestigious journals as Barrow Street, Iron Horse Literary Review, South Dakota Review and Westview.
This year’s pop culture theme is Angry Birds, “in honor of Dr. David Smith, who first taught me all about the Angry Birds during a plane trip to Washington D.C.,” said Dr. William Woods, dean of the School of Liberal Arts at Schreiner and organizer of the symposium, “as well as Dr. Chris Distel, who later showed me how to really take out those pigs during a plane trip to New York City—gotta love pop culture!”

The symposium is sponsored by Schreiner’s Center for Innovative Learning. For more information about Schreiner and its programs, visit the website at

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