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DePaul Pop Culture Conference

Throughout the years, the College of Communication has hosted academic symposiums on a variety of topics: from communicating the problem of violence in our societies; to individual lectures by our faculty and visiting scholars; to day-long "fandom" examinations of popular media including Harry PotterStar Trek, Doctor Who, the television and film works of Joss Whedon, and the popular television series Supernatural. For more information on the Pop Culture Conference, visit our website

A Celebration of Slashers
April 28, 2018


In Celebration of the 40th anniversary of John Carpenter's Halloween, the DePaul Pop Culture Conference proudly announces the 2018 conference focused on Slasher films! We're so happy to announce film and television director Rachel Talalay as our Keynote Speaker and recipient of the 6th Annual Distinguished Contributions to Pop Culture Award

Rachel Talalay is a celebrated and successful writer, producer, and director who made her film directorial debut in 1991 with Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, the sixth film in the popular A Nightmare on Elm Street series.

In addition to directing films such as Tank Girl and Ghost in the Machine, Rachel has become a prolific television director as well, including becoming Doctor Who’s first female director in four years, helming multiple episodes (including the 2017 Christmas episode). She’s also directed episodes of Sherlock, The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, Reign, Legends of Tomorrow, Kyle XY, Boston Public, Ally McBeal, Haven, Cold Case and The Dead Zone, and teaches film studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.​