‘Much Ado About Whedon’ at Sac State

Joss Whedon and his critically acclaimed works – “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog” and “The Avengers” – have been the focus of academic interest for almost two decades. Now the sixth biennial conference about his work, convened by the Whedon Studies Association and its blind peer-reviewed journal “Slayage,” is coming to California State University, Sacramento 0n June 19-22.

The event will cover all aspects of the Whedonverse and will feature scholarly presentations on various themes and meanings in Whedon’s works. Those will include a look at “The Avengers” character Black Widow as a radical icon of third-wave feminism; the view of feminism in the movie “Much Ado About Nothing;” and social control, intelligence and surveillance as presented in his television programs and films.

Sac State Professor Alyson Buckman who is bringing “Much Ado About Whedon” to the campus,will be a presenter and will cover Whedon’s repeated use of selected actors in several of his works.

The keynote speaker at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 21, is Jessica Neuwirth, a founder of Equality Now, a group that works for the protection and promotion of the rights of women and girls around the world.

At 8 p.m. that evening, the conference will present “Can’t Stop the Serenity,” a screening of Whedon’s movie “Serenity.” Donations made at that time will go toward Equality Now.

To register or for more information about the conference visit the Website at or call Buckman at 916-798-4684.


California State Unversity, Sacramento

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