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DePaul Pop Culture Conference is an annual day-long fandom and academic event. Fans, scholars and media makers gather to examine popular culture and cult media, with past topics including
Harry Potter, Star Trek,
Doctor Who, the television and film works of
Joss Whedon, and the popular television series
Each year, a keynote speaker nominates a charity for the conference to support. Attendees, speakers and fans can donate to the charity in a number of ways: silent auction, baked goods, monetary contributions or t-shirt sales. All together, we've raised almost $5,000 for various charities, including the ACLU, Full Flood Endowment Fund and Equality Now.
The theme of the 2020 Pop Culture Conference will be superheroes.
The 2019 Pop Culture Conference, "A Celebration of Disney", was in honor of the 30th anniversary of
The Little Mermaid and the 50th anniversary of Disneyland's Haunted Mansion ride. The conference took place at DePaul University's College of Communication on May 4, 2019.
This event featured roundtable discussions from scholars and fans of Disney, concentrating mainly on Disney animation, Disney live-action and Disney theme parks. Participants proposed panels and papers about a broad array of ideas related to Disney and its cultural impact.
For more information on the Pop Culture Conference, visit popcultureconference.com.