Keynoters

MMtC Keynoters include Gary Edgerton, Mimi White, and Matt Zoller Seitz.

 

Gary Edgerton, Butler University

Gary Edgerton, Butler University

What Just Happened?: The Emerging Legacy of Mad Men

Dr. Gary R. Edgerton is Professor and Dean of the College of Communication at Butler University.  He has published twelve books—including Mad Men: Dream Come True TV (I.B. Tauris, 2011) and The Sopranos (Wayne State University Press, 2013)—and more than eighty-five essays on a variety of television, film, and culture topics in a wide assortment of books, scholarly journals, and encyclopedias.  He also coedits the Journal of Popular Film and Television.  In addition, Edgerton has delivered more than one hundred scholarly presentations at various international, national, and regional conferences, including invited talks at Oxford University in England, Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, le Centre d’histoire de Sciences Po at the Cité Internationale Universitaire of Paris, University of Vienna and the U.S. Embassy in Austria, University of Aalborg in Denmark, and Universidad de Las Americas in Puebla, Mexico.  He also averages two-dozen commentaries per year across a spectrum of media and culture topics in such diverse venues as Salon, Variety; Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, U.S.A. Today; El País (Madrid), Télérama (Paris), Marketplace (American Public Media), CNN, C-SPAN, among many other media outlets.

Mimi White, Northwestern University

Mimi White, Northwestern University

Mad Men and Women: Quandaries of a Feminist Critic

Mimi White is a Professor in the department of Radio/TV/Film at Northwestern University, where she has been department chair (1989-1992, 1998-2002), Associate Dean in the School of Communication (2005-2008), and Senior Associate Dean for NU-Q (2008-2010).  She also served as director of what was the Women’s Studies Program (now Gender and Sexuality Studies), 1996-1999.  She held the Bicentennial Fulbright Chair in North American Studies at Helsinki University, 2004-2005.  She has published widely on film and television, including three books–Tele-Advising: Therapeutic Discourse in American Television (1992), co-author of Media Knowledge: Popular Culture, Pedagogy, and Critical Citizenship (1992), and co-editor of Questions of Method in Cultural Studies (2006), as well as many articles/book chapters.  Her work on television includes theoretical perspectives on flow, liveness, and serial melodrama, and critical analysis of a wide array of programs such as Cheaters, Barry Chappell’s Fine Art Showcase, House Hunters, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, Frank’s Place, and Mad Men.  She is currently working on HGTV/property-lifestyle television and unruly female performativity on U.S. network sitcoms.

Matt Zoller Seitz, NEW YORK MAGAZINE

Matt Zoller Seitz, NEW YORK MAGAZINE

American Carousel: The Personality and History of Mad Men

Matt Zoller Seitz is the Editor-in-Chief of RogerEbert.com. He is also the TV critic for New York Magazine & Vulture.com, and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in criticism. A Brooklyn-based writer and filmmaker, Seitz has written, narrated, edited or produced over a hundred hours’ worth of video essays about cinema history and style for The Museum of the Moving Image and The L Magazine, among other outlets. His five part 2009 video essay Wes Anderson: The Substance of Style was later spun off into the hardcover book The Wes Anderson Collection. Seitz is the founder and original editor of The House Next Door, now a part of Slant Magazine, and the publisher of Press Play, a blog of film and TV criticism and video essays. He is the director of the 2005 romantic comedy Home and the forthcoming science fiction epic “Rabbit of the Sith.” He is currently writing memoir titled All the Things that Remind Me of Her. His Mad Men Carousel: The Complete Critical Companion was published by Abrams in 2015.