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Legends of the Knight Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion
The Department of Psychology and Psi Chi will present a free screening of the film, Legends of the Knight, at The Normal Theater, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Laura Kennedy of WGLT.
“Legends of the Knight” Trailer
The discussion will feature the following panelists:
Shelly Clevenger, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Illinois State University)
Clevenger conducts research on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, cyber victimization and cultural criminology, specifically comic books. She recently completed a content analysis of violence in 250 issues of the Incredible Hulk comics and will be presenting the results at The American Society of Criminology conference in November. She also uses comic books as a regular part her classes. Clevenger has been recognized for her use of creative teaching using comic books by Illinois State University with the College of Applied Science and Technology and the University with Faculty Teacher of the Year awards, as well as the American Society of Criminology, Division of Victimology, Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award. Clevenger is a Hulk enthusiast and the self-proclaimed Hulk’s biggest fan. She collects everything Hulk. She has hundreds of Hulk action figures, Hulk comic books, memorabilia, and her entire calf is tattooed with the Hulk and Bruce Banner.
Scott Jordan, Ph.D. (Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology, Illinois State University)
Jordan is a cognitive psychologist who conducts research on the roots of cooperative behavior. He often uses popular culture in the classroom in order to illustrate the relevance of social-cognitive psychology to daily life. He has contributed chapters to Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology; Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth, Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier, and the forthcoming Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled. He is very proud of his international comic book collection.
Travis Langley, Ph.D. (Professor, Department of Psychology, Henderson State University)
Langley is a professor of psychology at Henderson State University. An expert on the interface between psychological science and popular culture, he authored the acclaimed book Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight and has edited seven books in this domain with more on the way. These books cross-cut media types, such as TV/film (The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek) and comics (Captain America vs. Iron Man, Wonder Woman). His undergraduate course based on this book has been featured in a recent documentary Tales of the Knight, and he was interviewed in several other documentaries on popular culture. Psychology Today carried his blog, “Beyond Heroes and Villains,” and he is one of the 10 most popular psychologists on Twitter. Neil deGrasse Tyson recently interviewed him for the National Geographic Channel show StarTalk. Langley co-organizes the academic Comics Arts Conference and regularly hosts panel discussions at comic and pop culture conventions across the U.S. (e.g., Wizard World; San Diego Comic-Con). During graduate school, he was an undefeated champion on the Wheel of Fortune game show.
Leandra Parris, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Illinois State University)
Parris is a school psychologist who specializes in crisis intervention and trauma. Her areas of research and practice include peer victimization, school safety, and the use of narrative therapy in school-based services. She has contributed a chapter to Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Travels. An avid reader for most of her life, Parris has a passion for storytelling and how it influences youth and marginalized groups.
Eric Wesselmann, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Illinois State University)
Wesselmann is a social psychologist who conducts research on social exclusion, stigma, and religion/spirituality. He uses comics in the classroom to illustrate theory and research on the psychology of morality, and has contributed chapters to Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology; Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth, Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier, and the forthcoming Supernatural Psychology: Roads Less Traveled. He has been a fan of comics since grade school.