Dr. Jennifer Sasser, human sciences chair and gerontology program director, is one of several experts who will lead Oregon Humanities' Talking About Dying Series starting in September 2015.
Two films by Perrin Kerns, director of writing and associate faculty in the Department of English, will be featured on OPB's Oregon Lens on August 30, 2013.
Excerpt from an article by Aaron Spencer on OPB.org,
August 14, 2013.
The lineup for this year's Oregon Lens series includes films ranging from a graphic novel to a documentary on an Elvis impersonator. Now in its 15th year, the annual series created by Oregon Public Broadcasting's Steve Amen provides a chance for local, independent filmmakers to showcase their work.
Among the work is a collection of films on the theme of "keeping Portland weird," such as naked bike riders, along with documentaries that profile a cross-dresser, a ballet dancer and a Christian metal band. Not all of the films are so lighthearted, though. One is about a boy with Down syndrome seeking to understand himself. Another tells the story of a troubled elderly couple who decide to take their own lives.
Oregon Lens airs August 26-30 at 10 p.m. on OPB TV. The August 30 episode features two films by Perrin Kerns:
Sasquatch vs. Superman
This short explores the "difference" of Down syndrome. When Clark was born 25 years ago, the doctor told his parents that he could be institutionalized and they would never have to see him again. They didn't agree. Ultimately, this film is a celebration of the difference that Clark seeks to understand through his fascination with two eternal outsiders, Sasquatch and Superman.
Looking for Mom In Dad's Closet
This very personal documentary investigates the ambiguities of a father's secret life. Through personal narrative and interviews with her mother, the filmmaker Perrin Kerns pieces together an understanding of her father's journey in an era of oppression.
Dr. Perrin Kerns' areas of expertise include modernism, feminist theory, women writers, poetics, creative nonfiction and her latest passion, digital storytelling.