Press Release Archive 2011 - 1999

Albertson College of Idaho Student to Present Work at Conference

2005. 11. 30.

CALDWELL (Idaho) Albertson College of Idaho senior Kristy Conrad has turned her love of old films into academic excellence. Conrad has been accepted to present her paper entitled 'Stuffing Birds, Taming Jaguarondis: Audience Complicity and Hitchcock's Sadistic Lovers' at the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference this February.

Conrad is part of the CofI Gipson Scholar program, an interdisciplinary honors program that allows students to pursue and combine multiple interests. As part of the program, students are required to complete a senior project. For her senior project, Conrad did extensive research on Alfred Hitchcock and his films, paying special attention to the treatment and portrayal of women in his films. Conrad compiled her findings in a paper titled 'Stuffing Birds, Taming Jaguarondis: Audience Complicity and Hitchcock's Sadistic Lovers.' In her paper she asserts that in the beginning of Hitchcock's career, he made women central characters that were independent and had control over their own narratives, and that by the end of his career, his female characters were victimized and controlled.

Conrad submitted the paper to the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association Conference, and has been accepted to present her work at their 2006 conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Being accepted to the conference as an undergraduate is quite an honor, and Conrad is very much looking forward to the experience of having to present and defend her work at an academic conference.

'I'm looking forward to the networking opportunities and seeing what people are working on in the field of Hitchcock studies,' said Conrad. 'I think that, as a senior, it's especially good timing because it will give me an idea of possible routes for graduate school and for my career.'

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