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Mehlers to Judge Koppelman Award; Caryn First Undergraduate Judge

Barry Mehler and Caryn MehlerCaryn Mehler, a Ferris State University undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Integrative Studies program, and her partner, Barry Mehler, a professor of History in the Humanities Department, have been named judges for the 30th annual Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology, Multi-Authored, or Edited Book in Feminist Studies in Popular Culture or American Culture.

The event, sponsored by the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association, takes place March 22-25, 2016.

“Caryn Mehler is… the first undergraduate judge we have ever had… and I’m excited to be able to look for a brand new perspective on these entries,” Koppelman said. “She is a mature, thoughtful, and creative woman who will, I think, broaden the scope of consideration.”

Barry Mehler is the founder of the Institute for the Study of Academic Racism. He presented, “A World Without Fat People and other Fantasies: Eugenics and Medicalized Genocide,” at the ACA/PCA Annual conference in 2008. His courses integrate popular culture materials and themes and he has previously served as a Judge for the Koppelman Award.

For more information, visit the PCA/ACA website.

 PHOTO CAPTION: Pictured are (left to right) Caryn and Barry Mehler, selected as judges for the 30th annual Susan Koppelman Award for Best Anthology, or Edited Book in Feminist Studies in Popular Culture or American Culture. (Submitted by Barry Mehler)