Michael Dawson will highlight the important lessons that can be learned by studying the aspects of popular culture that permeate our lives in his lecture "Studying Popular Culture: Mounties, Muppets and More."
Michael Dawson, history professor and member of the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists, will deliver a lecture titled “Studying Popular Culture: Mounties, Muppets and More,” October 15 at 7 pm at St. Thomas University. A reception will begin at 6:15, preceding the event.

The lecture will highlight the important lessons that can be learned by studying the aspects of popular culture that permeate our lives. Dawson will draw upon a number of his current and previous projects—including the examination of the mythic Mounties, the Muppets, and International sporting events—to create a presentation that addresses forms of national identity, educational priorities, consumer society, and the conflict over economic and political priorities.

At St. Thomas, Dawson teaches courses on Canadian History, the global history of sport and tourism, and the comparative history of national identity and popular culture in Canada, New Zealand and Australia. He’s the author of Selling British Columbia: Tourism and Consumer Culture, 1890-1970 (2004) and The Mountie From Dime Novel to Disney (1998) and currently serves as the university’s Associate Vice-President (Research). 

The lecture is sponsored by the Royal Society of Canada.