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MAPACA October 2016 News: Award Announcement/Q&A, President’s Letter, and More

This is MAPACA’s October 2016 newsletter. The next conference is November 3-5, 2016 (AC, NJ).

Divine Impact Award Announcement

MAPACA is proud to present this year’s Divine Impact Award to Randy Now. Throughout much of the 1980s and 1990s, Randy booked bands like the Ramones, Ween, and REM at the famed City Gardens venue in Trenton, NJ. Randy’s story is the subject of the 2015 documentary film Riot on the Dance Floor: The Story of Randy Now and City Gardens and the book No Slam Dancing, No Stage Diving, No Spikes: An Oral History of New Jersey’s Legendary City Gardens. Randy has also hosted regionally popular radio shows on The College of New Jersey’s WTSR, including “One Step Beyond,” which played a major role in introducing ska music to the New Jersey area. As the proprietor of Randy’s Man Cave, a record and memorabilia store in Bordentown, Randy Now is a living legend in the New Jersey music scene, a popular culture aficionado, and a consummate storyteller.

Join us Thursday, November 3rd at 6:30 p.m. for a Q&A with Randy Now, followed by MAPACA’s general reception, in Salon 3 and 4.

Letter from MAPACA’s President

We are very excited to return to Atlantic City and the Tropicana this year. If you joined us for MAPACA 2013, you know it is a truly cultural location for a conference like ours. A city by the sea, a city built by the casinos (a child of divorce, I lived part of my young childhood with my father in Atlantic City when he was working on the construction of Caesars), and a city of history, Atlantic City is also a city of disparate realities. Even within the climate-controlled walls of the Tropicana complex, one can traverse through several realities and experiences while walking from the beachfront entrance, across the casino floor, past theaters and clubs, and by a great variety of restaurants. MAPACA is a conference that prides itself on its disciplinary, cultural, and social diversity. On behalf of the governing body of MAPACA, I look forward to fantastic papers, panels, discussions, and just hanging out with some of the most intelligent, creative, and interesting people I have ever had the pleasure to know. If we are already friends, I look forward to seeing you again. If we have not met, please make a point to come say hi to me

Colin Helb, PhD

MAPACA President (2015-2016)

Associate Professor of Communication, Elizabethtown College

Special Film Screening

Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll (2015), a documentary on Cambodian rock music of the 1960s and 1970s, will be shown after dinner on Friday at 8:00 p.m., in the Tabora room.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle with MAPACA

Help MAPACA reduce waste and go green. We encourage you to bring your old badge holders and lanyards and reuse them at the 2016 conference.


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