WWU’s Shirin Deylami to Discuss the Effect of Popular Culture on Political Power Nov. 3 in Wilson Library

Western Washington University Associate Professor of Political Science Shirin Deylami will give a talk entitled “Is Watching Television a Political Act? How Popular Culture Shapes How We Understand Political Power,” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 in Western Libraries Special Collections, (Wilson Library 6th Floor).

The presentation is free and open to the public.

During her talk, Deylami will use the film “Zero Dark Thirty,” and the television shows “The Wire” and “Homeland,” as examples of visual texts that influence our perceptions of gender, race, and sexuality in the context of state power and political discourse.

Deylami is an associate professor of Political Science at Western. Her research focuses on the intersections of politics and popular culture, feminist theory, and Islamic political thought. She recently co-edited the book, “The Politics of HBO’s The Wire: Everything is Connected.”

This event is being offered as part of the Western Libraries Reading Series, dedicated to showcasing the scholarly and creative work of Western Washington University faculty and staff by featuring diverse speakers from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who are engaged in research, writing, and teaching at Western.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Stephan at (360) 650-2061 or email Elizabeth.Stephan@wwu.edu.