Awards

Hart named Aarons Award recipient

The LGBTQ IG leadership is excited to announce that Dr. Kylo-Patrick R. Hart has been selected to receive the Leroy F. Aarons Award this year. Hart will be on hand in Toronto accept the award during the annual LGBTQ IG business meeting.

Kylo Hart Photo.JPGHart (Ph.D., University of Michigan) is chair of the Department of Film, Television and Digital Media at Texas Christian University, where he teaches courses in film and television history, theory, and criticism; film screenwriting; popular culture; and queer media studies. He is also a core faculty member with TCU’s Department of Women and Gender Studies.

Professor Hart is the author or editor of several books about media, including The AIDS Movie: Representing a Pandemic in Film and Television; Film and Sexual Politics; Film and Television Stardom; Images for a Generation Doomed: The Films and Career of Gregg Araki; Living in the Limelight: Dynamics of the Celebrity ExperienceMediated Deviance and Social Otherness: Interrogating Influential Representations; Queer Males in Contemporary Cinema: Becoming Visible; and Queer TV in the 21st Century: Essays on Broadcasting from Taboo to Acceptance. He is also the founding co-editor (with Bruce Drushel, Miami University) of the academic journal Queer Studies in Media & Popular Culture.

Previously, Professor Hart established and served as chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, where he received the honor of being selected the first-ever recipient of the Plymouth State University Award for Distinguished Scholarship.

The Leroy F. Aarons Award is given by the LGBTQ Interest Group every two years for career achievement in education and research affecting the LGBTQ community. The recipient is not required to be an AEJMC member or be LGBTQ.

Past recipients have included, in alphabetical order, Edward Alwood (Quinnipiac U.), Fred Fejes (Florida Atlantic U.), Loren Ghiglione (Northwestern U.), Larry Gross (U. of Southern California), Lisa Henderson (U. of Massachusetts-Amherst), Rodger Streitmatter (American U.), and Gust Yep (San Francisco State U.). My apologies if I left out anyone.

The award presentation will take place during the business meeting on Friday, Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. (see the conference program for the exact room number). We will keep the business meeting brief so we have plenty of time to hear from Kylo.

Please keep this time open when you’re planning your conference. I know there are so many meetings going on at the same time, but we’re doing a little more than selecting new officers this year.