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Are you a fan of Project Runway? Did you know that the show has an all time ratings record for network television of 4.2 million viewers during the August premier of season six? Whether you are an avid fan of the show, interested in how a reality television competition of fashion designers became so popular, or want to know how reality TV affects our society, you will be interested in the College of Arts and Sciences finale viewing party.

On Thursday, April 22, 2010 the College of Arts and Sciences is hosting a Project Runway Finale Discussion and Viewing party. College faculty and alumni will participate in a panel to discuss Project Runway from an academic perspective, the many cultural implications of reality television and to offer insights into the fashion industry. They will also share their own thoughts and feelings on the show and explain why they are fans. The audience is encouraged to join in the conversation, asking questions and sharing their thoughts on the show.

Come join in the fun with your fellow Toreros! Whether you are a Project Runway fan or just interested in the panel discussion, you don’t want to miss this event. As an added bonus you will be among the first on the west coast to see the season seven finale, which will air on a special east coast feed. Throughout the event and panel discussion a live backchannel Twitter feed will be running with commentary about the show and predictions on who will win. Plus if you come for the panel discussion you can enter in your prediction of the winner for a chance to win a $50 USD gift card.

Where: U.C. Frank’s Lounge
When: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Panel Discussion starts at 6 p.m.
Viewing of finale follows at 7 p.m.

Appetizers will be served.

Panel Discussion:

  • Jonathan Bowman, PhD, Communication Studies. Emcee
  • Monica Stufft, PhD, Theater Arts. "Project Runway as Theater/Performance"
  • Esteban del Rio, PhD, Communication Studies. "Critical Analysis of Cultural Implications of Reality Television"
  • Shirley Pierson, MFA, Costume Designer/Artist in Residence of Cygnet Theater, "The Art of Constructing Fashion"
  • Leeva Chung, PhD, Communication Studies. "Relationship Dynamics and Cultural Implications of Project Runway."
  • Dean Mary Boyd, PhD, Chemistry "Fan—Why I find the show irresistible?"