Cast of 'Jersey Shore' -- Courtesy MTV
If you're into off-beat travel, and will be in Chitown on October 28, you're in for a treat.
The UChicago will be hosting a Conference on Jersey Shore Studies.
Organized by David Showalter, a U of C student, the Conference is Tweeting and registration is free (?) and open to the public. Email David if you want more info on registering, or tell him how lame this is.
Three sessions will feature numerous panels and presentations, all analyzing one of America's most mystifyingly popular (and stupid) reality shows.
Topics of discussion include "The Construction of Guido Identity," “GTL (Gym,Tan,Labor): Reproducing Labor-Power on the Shore,” “Foucault’s Going to the Jersey Shore, Bitch!”, and “‘SHOTS!’ An Analysis of Italian, American, and Italian-American Beverage Consumption in Jersey Shore."
The conference venue slated is The Cloister Club. That's the largest space in Ida Noyes Hall at the University of Chicago. It will accommodate 250 desperately bored people.