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SFU experts on Halloween
Horror films, spiders, costumes and the paranormal are all staples of Halloween; and subjects that Simon Fraser University researchers can weigh in on. The following experts are available to speak on topics related to Halloween:
BEYOND CANDY – THE IMPACT OF WRAPPERS ON THE ENVIRONMENT
LEAH BENDELL, professor, marine biology and ecotoxicology, email@example.com
The downside of Halloween candy? The wrappers. These single-use plastics can easily end up in our waterways and oceans. They then break down into toxic microplastics— which is detrimental to our environment. SFU professor Leah Bendell is available to talk about the environmental effects of candy wrappers and ways to have more sustainable Halloween treats.
COSTUMES AND CULTURAL APPROPRIATION
GEORGE NICHOLAS, professor, archaeology, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dressing up for Halloween is a long-standing tradition for children and adults. But costumes that portray cultural and racial stereotypes of minorities, like Native American princesses, hula dancers, and sheiks, can be offensive to those groups. SFU archaeology professor George Nicholas is available to talk about costumes and cultural appropriation.
HORROR FILM AND LITERATURE'S INFLUENCE ON HALLOWEEN
PAUL BUDRA, professor, English, email@example.com
Halloween, also known as All Hallows’ Eve, is believed to have been based on the ancient Celtic festival, Samhain. Throughout the years, literature and films have shaped how we celebrate Halloween. SFU English professor Paul Budra, a Shakespearean scholar, is available to talk about how horror films and literature influence Halloween.
THE AMAZING WORLD OF SPIDERS
ANDREAS FISCHER, PhD student, biological sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org
While many people admit to having arachnophobia or believe that spiders are pests, one researcher wants to change how these “mischaracterized arthropods” are thought of.
SFU biological sciences PhD student Andreas Fischer can comment on the benefits of spiders, share fascinating details about how they communicate and offer safe, pesticide-free pest management options.
WHO INVESTIGATES THE PARANORMAL INVESTIGATORS?
PAUL KINGSBURY, professor, geography, email@example.com
The intrigue over stories of paranormal behaviours spark some to do their own investigations into supernatural experiences. But what’s the scientific consensus of those paranormal investigations? SFU geography professor Paul Kingsbury is available to talk about the psychoanalytic and cultural geographies of paranormal investigations. He and other SFU researchers will be speaking at "Unafraid of the Dark", a free immersive online event Oct. 27 highlighting Halloween-related research.
INDIGENOUS HORROR FICTION AND LEGENDS
JUNE SCUDELER, assistant professor, Indigenous studies, firstname.lastname@example.org
Indigenous studies assistant professor June Scudeler can talk about the impact of Indigenous horror and science fiction literature and film, including Jeff Barnaby's (Mi'kmaq) zombie film Blood Quantum and the Métis legend of Rougarou.
MATT KIELTYKA, SFU Communications & Marketing
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