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Capitalism is Topic of Campus Symposium on March 31

3/14/2014 —

Penn State Mont Alto will host  its second of three campus symposiums, “Is Capitalism the Dark Side?” at 2 p.m., March 31, in Wiestling Student Center.


Professors Peter Dendle and Kevin Boon will discuss money, the American dream, and the erosion of ethics in our culture. It is free and open to the public. The final campus symposium will be held at 2 p.m., on April 28, also in Wiestling.


Dr. Dendle teaches English at Penn State Mont Alto including Old and Middle English language and literature; folklore and culture; 20th- and 21st-century representations of the Middle Ages; and the monstrous in film, folklore, and society. He studies religious, folkloric, and literary representations of the demonic, as a lens through which societal ideals and anxieties can be viewed. Although his primary work is on the early Middle Ages (Anglo-Saxon England), he also has published on zombie movies, cryptozoology, and other culturally important texts from the contemporary world.

Dr. Boon teaches creative writing, film, American literature, literary theory, and business writing at Penn State Mont Alto. He is primarily an Americanist, with published scholarship on writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, David Mamet and Chuck Palahniuk, but he has also published on British authors, such as Virgina Woolf and George Orwell. His focus is on science (especially the atomic bomb's influence on literature), popular culture, and gender. His most recent work is on the American screenplay, which aligns with his lasting interest in film. He has also published and won recognition for his fiction and poetry and some of his plays and screenplays have been produced.

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