MA thesis student Andrew Waters will present at Popular Culture Association/American Culture’s 2014 National Conference. The conference will be held April 16-19th in Chicago.

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Waters is slated to present his paper, “Heist, Holocaust, and Post-9/11 Impressions in Inside Man.” Waters reads Spike Lee’s film “Inside Man” as a convergence of heist film conventions, post-9/11 rhetoric and concern, with the often subtle understanding of Holocaust revenge fantasies. He further argues that these modes of understanding the film, though autonomous in their own sense, become dependent on one another within the context of the film. They work consecutively to shift the audience’s reading of the film from a simple hold-em-up to a commentary on the militarization of the state, recent misapplications of justice and the many racial tensions of modern, post-9/11 society.