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Maureen Hogan

Name: Maureen Hogan, the Center for Writing Studies and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

Presentation Title: "Framing, Crisis and the Spectacle of Youth."

Date: March 11, 1999


Maureen's talk focuses on the relationship between adult amnesia and anxiety, on the one hand, and a profound fear and prejudice of youth on the other--in a time of rapid political, economic, and cultural change. What Maureen finds in media spectacles of youth is an artificial distancing between adult and youth culture, where adult complicity and culpability are absent from the representations. These portraits trick us into forgetting that youths must live in, and negotiate, the difficult cultural terrain that we and our ancestors created for them.