A daylong conference on the cult classic television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer will feature speakers from the United States and Canada on April 1.
The event is being organized by James South, an associate professor of philosophy, and Gerry Canavan, an assistant professor of English.
South has written extensively about the TV series and edited two books on the subject: Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Philosophy: Fear and Trembling in Sunnydale, published in 2003, and Buffy Goes Dark: Essays on the Final Two Seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Television.
Despite Buffy ending production in 2003, Slate magazine in 2012 identified the show created by Joss Whedon as the most written about popular culture text of all time. The series, which debuted on March 10, 1997, featured the character Buffy Summers, a young woman called to battle vampires and other demonic characters.
Sherryl Vint, a professor of English at the University of California-Riverside, will give the keynote speech, “Being Ready for the Big Moments: Buffy’s Legacy.”