Students present at Academic Excellence Conference

AEC 2016 photo-WatersWhat do the television show “Friends” and the film G.B.F. (Gay Best Friend) have in common?

They were the focus of media studies conducted by two Communication majors who presented their research at Keene State College’s 16th annual Academic Excellence Conference on April 9, 2016.

A Communication major and Film Studies minor, Erin Waters applied feminist film theory and the method of visual rhetorical criticism to examine how “Friends” shows the personal and professional progress women have made on screen, but that inequality between women and men still exists off screen. In fact, Erin’s poster presentation won the People’s Choice Poster Award at the conference!

AEC 2016 photo- PereiraA Communication major and Public Relations minor, Matthew Pereira applied theories of masculinity and sexuality along with the method of ideological rhetorical criticism to discover that G.B.F both reasserts and reshapes norms of the ideal man, but that more diverse representations of gay men are needed in media.

The faculty mentor for these undergraduate research projects was Dr. Jamie Landau.