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Embry-Riddle Professor and Author Discusses Lost and Heroes TV Series
Daytona Beach, Fla. , November 13, 2007
Noted pop-culture scholar and author Dr. Lynnette Porter will speak on “What it Means to be a Hero: Unlikely Heroes from Lost and Heroes” on Monday, Nov. 26, as part of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s 2007-2008 Arts & Letters Series.
Presenting her research in a multimedia format that is thought-provoking, audience-friendly, and fun, Dr. Porter will examine the surprising new kind of hero depicted in the television series “Lost” and “Heroes.”
In “Lost,” a blend of suspense and action with a science-fiction twist, the survivors of a jetliner crash cope with existence on an unidentified island that offers no sign of civilization or hope of imminent rescue. In the sci-fi drama “Heroes,” several ordinary people realize they have incredible abilities and an important role to play in preventing a catastrophe that threatens the world.
Dr. Porter is the author of the popular Unlocking the Meaning of Lost: An Unauthorized Guide, now in its second edition, Lost’s Buried Treasures, and Saving the World: A Guide to Heroes, and has provided analysis of “Lost” to television and radio stations. In addition, she’s a contributing writer for the official “Lost” Fan Club’s website and answers questions for fans in About.com’s “Lost” section. A book sale and signing will follow her presentation.
An associate professor in Embry-Riddle’s Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Dr. Porter is a nationally recognized expert on hero literature and films, such as The Odyssey and The Lord of the Rings. Her Unsung Heroes of The Lord of the Rings: From the Page to the Screen was nominated as the best Tolkien-themed book published in 2005 for the One Ring Celebration.
Dr. Porter’s presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 7 p.m. in the Miller Instructional Center auditorium on Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach campus, 600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd. Donations are gratefully accepted and parking is free. For more information, call the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at (386) 226-6668 or visit www.erau.edu/arts.
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