Jodi Dean and Paul Passavant, assistant professors of political science, were published in an Abercrombie and Fitch catalogue. Their article, titled “The Wonder Years,” reflects on Tobey Maguire’s movie “Wonder Boys,” and the history of the American college experience. “Wonder Boys” offers a view of what college could be like, and what many wish it was. This experience has changed drastically since the 1960s, with “a flourishing of campus activism,” to today, where “students turn to advisers… to protect them”. These changes have come about as students and administrators have redefined what college life should be.
Dean recently presented her paper “Secrecy Since September 11th” at the American Political Science Association. Her most recent book is titled Publicity’s Secret: How technoculture capitalizes on democracy. She joined the Colleges in 1993.
Passavant was recently a featured speaker for “The Post 9/11 World: Anti-Terrorism and Civil Liberties,” at the Rochester Labor Lyceum. He also presented a paper at the American Political Science Association, titled “Public Declarations”. He joined the Colleges in 1997.