USD's College of Arts and Sciences to Host Project Runway Finale Discussion and Viewing Party

On Thursday, April 22, 2010, the University of San Diego’s College of Arts and Sciences will host a Project Runway panel discussion and viewing party for students, faculty, and members of the USD community. Project Runway, which airs on the Lifetime Television Station, is a competition between young fashion designers vying for a chance to attain $100,000 to start their own design line and a feature spread in Marie Claire magazine.


Arts and Sciences faculty and alumni will participate in a broad panel discussion that incorporates both an academic perspective as well as the many cultural implications of reality television, in addition to offering insights into the fashion industry from industry professionals. Panelists 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 through the panel discussion and backchannel Twitter feed of the event. 


Participants of the Panel Discussion:


  • Jonathan Bowman, PhD, Communication Studies. Emcee
  • Monica Stufft, Ph.D, 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, Ph.D., Communication Studies. “Relationship Dynamics and Cultural Implications of Project Runway.”
  • Dean Mary K. Boyd, PhD., Chemistry “Fan—Why I find the show irresistible?

WHO: USD College of Arts and Sciences

WHAT: Project Runway finale discussion and viewing party

WHERE: The University of San Diego

University Center, Frank’s Lounge

5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110

WHEN: Thursday, April 22, 2010

Panel discussion at 6:00 p.m.

Viewing to start at 7:00 p.m.


Media is welcomed and encouraged to attend. Please kindly RSVP to 619/260-4659.                

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.