Video: Many of our leaders blame us from “Why Monkees Matter” with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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Dr. Rosanne Welch presents Why Monkees Matter: How The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Mainstream Pre-Teen Viewers at the 2014 Cal Poly Pomona Provost’s Symposium on Faculty Scholarship (http://www.cpp.edu/~research/)

Transcript:

I just like pictures of script to remember that there is a writer involved. I know the words are too small, but this is a script by Coslough Johnson. All the writers on the show, I have a whole chapter in my book on authorship — all the writers ended up winning Emmys later in life. He got his for writing on Laugh In, which was also a very politically themed show. He wrote an episode called “Monkees Watch Their Feet” and it’s about aliens taking over the teenagers of America. So, The Monkees are going to save the day for them. So, first of all, we have this patriotic business going on here — here is standing Mike Nesmith, with the flag and Pat Paulsen who, if you remember, comically ran for President back in the day. He’s giving a report to America about what’s wrong with teenagers today. It is that the aliens have taken over, but he talks about who we blame. “Many of us blame our leaders. Many of our leaders blame us.” This is ho the teenagers, the hippy culture, is feeling. Then more so, he defines Micky in this episode, as “Someone tormented by a war he must fight in a country thousands of miles away.” How can you get away with dissing the Vietnam War on modern American television in 1967? And they just blip it right through and you don’t even notice it.

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Based on a chapter in my upcoming book The Metatextual Menagerie that was The Monkees, which includes a series of interviews conducted with surviving writers and performers of the 1960s television program, The Monkees I will discuss how the writers and actors used the show as a platform for their own emerging counter culture/anti-war messages.

Worth studying for its craft and place in television history (the show won an Emmy as Best Comedy Of 1967) the program’s true importance may come from its impact on the politics and culture of the era. Considered innocuous by the network, thepress and the parents of the era, the storylines and jokes created by the writers and the actor’s ad-libs brought the emerging counter-culture to the attention of young teens whose parents might not have appreciated the message. Cultural icons such as Timothy Leary recognized the subversive nature of the program, seen through the writing and in choices made about costuming, hair length, musical guests (Frank Zappa, Tim Buckley, Charlie Smalls) and songs performed by the band brought issues of Vietnam, voting and civil rights to the ‘young generation’ for whom the show clearly had ‘somethin’to say.

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About the Symposium:

The 2014 Provost’s Symposium is a forum to learn about each other’s scholarly work, make new friends, renew old acquaintances, and enhance our appreciation of the rich and diverse array of professional endeavors pursued by the faculty at Cal Poly Pomona.

Video: Mary Tamm and Lalla Ward from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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Dr. Rosanne Welch (http://rosannewelch.com) speaks on “Feminism in the Whoniverse” of Doctor Who, the BBC television program now in its 50th year. She reviews each of the Doctor’s female companions and speaks on how they are represented in the program and how they represented the women of their respective periods.

Transcript:

Another look at — Mary Tamm can be intellectually as smart as he is and do all the things he does, but look at this fluffy piece of stuff she’s got to wear. He never wears anything full of feathers. We never see him come out in his boxer shorts after a shower on the Tardis. This is a problem. Right? This is a problem. So, this is Mary Tamm, Romana I, who gets changed into this actress Lalla Ward. Now, think about the difference in these two women and what they’re giving us. They cast this actress specifically “to get a softer, less bossy, woman. They wanted someone less — and bossy is a big word these days, right? We’ve been talking a lot about what does bossy mean and why are girls bossy and boys are not. Boys are leaders. Girls are bossy. This is nonsense. So that’s a perfect example of how they went. They went forward and they got slapped back — a little bit. Happens all the time. A couple steps forward. A couple steps back. What’s really sad about Lalla Ward is she’s mostly famous because she married Tom Baker. So completely identified by the man  in her life who is actually the man she married and then they got separated.

Feminism in the Whoniverse was presented at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library where Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

This is the 4th talk on various aspects of Doctor Who that Dr. Welch has presented. You can find these talks using the links below.

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Video: The Domino Theory from “Why Monkees Matter” with Dr. Rosanne Welch

A Clip from this longer presentation: Why Monkees Matter: How The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Mainstream Pre-Teen Viewers




Dr. Rosanne Welch presents Why Monkees Matter: How The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Mainstream Pre-Teen Viewers at the 2014 Cal Poly Pomona Provost’s Symposium on Faculty Scholarship (http://www.cpp.edu/~research/)

Transcript:

…but, for instance, in one episode the boys are all, as you can see, playing dominos. When tehy knock all the dominos down one of them says, “What do you call this game?” and the other answers, “Southeast Asia.” Hello, how did they get away with that? The censors weren’t even listening. They weren’t noticing the political aspect of that and what I really love is the politics came with the commercials for cornflakes. so, this is why people thought is was something they didn’t have to pay attention to. It’s just nonsense entertainment, but we’re talking about a war in the middle of it..

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Dr. Rosanne Welch presents on "Why Monkees Matter" at Cal Poly Pomona - 21

Description:

Based on a chapter in my upcoming book The Metatextual Menagerie that was The Monkees, which includes a series of interviews conducted with surviving writers and performers of the 1960s television program, The Monkees I will discuss how the writers and actors used the show as a platform for their own emerging counter culture/anti-war messages.

Worth studying for its craft and place in television history (the show won an Emmy as Best Comedy Of 1967) the program’s true importance may come from its impact on the politics and culture of the era. Considered innocuous by the network, thepress and the parents of the era, the storylines and jokes created by the writers and the actor’s ad-libs brought the emerging counter-culture to the attention of young teens whose parents might not have appreciated the message. Cultural icons such as Timothy Leary recognized the subversive nature of the program, seen through the writing and in choices made about costuming, hair length, musical guests (Frank Zappa, Tim Buckley, Charlie Smalls) and songs performed by the band brought issues of Vietnam, voting and civil rights to the ‘young generation’ for whom the show clearly had ‘somethin’to say.

Subscribe to Dr. Welch’s YouTube Channel

About the Symposium:

The 2014 Provost’s Symposium is a forum to learn about each other’s scholarly work, make new friends, renew old acquaintances, and enhance our appreciation of the rich and diverse array of professional endeavors pursued by the faculty at Cal Poly Pomona.

Video: The Sarah Jane Adventures from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr Rosanne Welch

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Dr. Rosanne Welch (http://rosannewelch.com) speaks on “Feminism in the Whoniverse” of Doctor Who, the BBC television program now in its 50th year. She reviews each of the Doctor’s female companions and speaks on how they are represented in the program and how they represented the women of their respective periods.

Transcript:

Sarah Jane Adventures — very interesting. I wills say — it was a child’s program — a child’d version of Doctor Who. It was quite fun. I will say, from a feminist perspective, we do still need a man in her life, but it’s her son. She adopts an alien boy who is a humanoid, yes, she becomes the mother of an alien kid and together they solve the crises happening to Earth. So, it’s interesting, but of course, being the mother of the child she is always the one in control. So, there’s that change going on there. So Sarah Jane might just be the most feminist companion The Doctor has ever had. She might be. We’re not sure yet.

Feminism in the Whoniverse was presented at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library where Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

This is the 4th talk on various aspects of Doctor Who that Dr. Welch has presented. You can find these talks using the links below.

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Rosanne receives mention in the Orange County Register

A short update on various university-related news in the Orange County Register mentions Dr. Rosanne Welch this week.

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(Dr.) Rosanne Welch, adjunct communications lecturer in radio, TV and film, spoke about student-centered pedagogy (teaching theory) and using art in adaptation in education at the Critical Questions in Education conferences presented by the Academy for Educational Studies in San Diego. — “Bravo: University Accomplishments”, Orange County Register, February 24, 2015

You can watch Dr. Welch’s portion of this talk in this YouTube Video

Using Film Adaptation Techniques to Teach Classic Books with Dr. Rosanne Welch

Video: The Monkees and the Counter Culture from”Why Monkees Matter” with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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Dr. Rosanne Welch presents Why Monkees Matter: How The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Mainstream Pre-Teen Viewers at the 2014 Cal Poly Pomona Provost’s Symposium on Faculty Scholarship (http://www.cpp.edu/~research/)

Transcript:

Ok, so what do I say about The Monkees and the Counter Culture? What did they bring to TV? — I love the little pyramid — their anti-ware themes appear in the show. Anti-authority, so those are tied together. Anti-materialism which is very much hippie. It’s about what you do not what own, what you have. Eastern philosophies. The fact that middle America in Kansa kids are going to learn about Buddha while watching this TV show. That’s an amazing concept and then, just in general, their androgynous, hippie clothing. The boys are wearing girls clothes. How is this possible? So all the stuff appears on this TV show. Peter Tork himself — and this is a picture of him at the Monterey Pop Festival with Janis Joplin in the background. They were friends. She was going to appear on the show in the third season. It never got a third season. Peter Tork is famous for saying that The Monkees “probably garnered a large audience for that point than the Beatles did” because of their weekly exposure on television. it was free entertainment for these kids. So they got he point across. One of his points was, these boys, these men from this period had gone through a time when Eisenhower was god. he saved us in World War II. The men in charge were always smart, but then the Vietnam War showed up and the men who used to be, who are now taking over, they didn’t know what was going on and that was a new thought for young Americans. I can’t trust my leaders. They don’t get it. They’re getting involved with something I don’t want to be part of. So that’s a huge new message to put out on television.

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Dr. Rosanne Welch presents on "Why Monkees Matter" at Cal Poly Pomona - 21

Description:

Based on a chapter in my upcoming book The Metatextual Menagerie that was The Monkees, which includes a series of interviews conducted with surviving writers and performers of the 1960s television program, The Monkees I will discuss how the writers and actors used the show as a platform for their own emerging counter culture/anti-war messages.

Worth studying for its craft and place in television history (the show won an Emmy as Best Comedy Of 1967) the program’s true importance may come from its impact on the politics and culture of the era. Considered innocuous by the network, thepress and the parents of the era, the storylines and jokes created by the writers and the actor’s ad-libs brought the emerging counter-culture to the attention of young teens whose parents might not have appreciated the message. Cultural icons such as Timothy Leary recognized the subversive nature of the program, seen through the writing and in choices made about costuming, hair length, musical guests (Frank Zappa, Tim Buckley, Charlie Smalls) and songs performed by the band brought issues of Vietnam, voting and civil rights to the ‘young generation’ for whom the show clearly had ‘somethin’to say.

Subscribe to Dr. Welch’s YouTube Channel

About the Symposium:

The 2014 Provost’s Symposium is a forum to learn about each other’s scholarly work, make new friends, renew old acquaintances, and enhance our appreciation of the rich and diverse array of professional endeavors pursued by the faculty at Cal Poly Pomona.

Video: …someone else’s grandchildren… from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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Dr. Rosanne Welch (http://rosannewelch.com) speaks on “Feminism in the Whoniverse” of Doctor Who, the BBC television program now in its 50th year. She reviews each of the Doctor’s female companions and speaks on how they are represented in the program and how they represented the women of their respective periods.

Transcript:

…and this particular episode is a really lovely look at a feminist idea. She has spent some time after she lost track of The Doctor for a little period there. She;s been a little upset about that. She re-encounters him in his other regeneration. What’s sweet about this and important is that she come to realize, waiting for a man was not the way to spend her life. That she has other things to do. And her life, now that she has missed starting a relationship with the person. He makes the comment about “she can tell her grandchildren about her adventures” and she says “Oh, I think they’ll be someone else’s grandchildren,” because she has lost that chance. That’s because she’s been so focused on one man, she didn’t find another one when that one left. And this experience in this episode makes her realize “I’m in charge of my life. I need to go do what’s good for me and move on.” And so, in fact, she does. She moves on to her own program! .

Feminism in the Whoniverse was presented at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library where Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

This is the 4th talk on various aspects of Doctor Who that Dr. Welch has presented. You can find these talks using the links below.

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Event: The Flip Side of Feminism: Masculinity Across the 12 Doctors with Dr. Rosanne Welch – April 21, 2015

In time and space, the Doctor Who series lecture returns…

The Flip Side of Feminism: Masculinity Across the 12 Doctors

Presented by Doctor Rosanne Welch

Tardis

Tuesday, April 21
12:00pm–1:00pm

Cal Poly Pomona University Library
Room 1807, First floor

Fan Fiction Writing Workshop with Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dr. Melissa Aaron for National Library Week – April 9, 2015

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Dr. Melissa Aaron and Dr. Rosanne Welch

Fan Fiction Workshop

Dr. Rosanne Welch and Dr. Melissa Aaron
Invite you to write fan fiction!

Thursday, April 9 — 12:00pm–1:00pm

Cal Poly Pomona
University Library – Fourth Floor
Library Special Collections

Video: More About Sarah Jane from Doctor Who: Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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Dr. Rosanne Welch (http://rosannewelch.com) speaks on “Feminism in the Whoniverse” of Doctor Who, the BBC television program now in its 50th year. She reviews each of the Doctor’s female companions and speaks on how they are represented in the program and how they represented the women of their respective periods.

Transcript:

Sarah Jane follows Jon Pertwee into the Tom Baker era, so she is one of the longest running female companions we have, going along the way. We can see her getting older on screen. She gets more serious. Although. all of these women have their screaming moments — it is part of the job, but Sarah Jane gets to do more and more, which is fun and she and Tom make a good pair. She also comes back in the David Tennant era — an episode called “School Reunion” — which I love dearly. So, she’s met the most, different versions of The Doctor possible, which is kind of fun.

Feminism in the Whoniverse was presented at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library where Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

This is the 4th talk on various aspects of Doctor Who that Dr. Welch has presented. You can find these talks using the links below.

Subscribe to Dr. Welch’s YouTube Channel