The new Pop Culture Lecture Series at Calvin College will feature two free lectures on Monday, November 9, by author and music critic Jessica Hopper. At 3:30 pm, Hopper will speak in the Calvin College Spoelhof Atrium about the feminist perspective as a means of discerning new truths in music criticism. Her evening lecture at 7:00 pm at the Ladies Literary Club (61 Sheldon Blvd. SE) will focus on her new book The Girls’ Guide to Rocking. Parents and their teen-aged daughters are especially encouraged to attend the talk, which will include both practical and theoretical advice about starting a band.
Hopper’s work regularly appears in Chicago Reader, LA Weekly, SPIN, ANP and Chicago Tribune and has also been included in DaCapo's Best of Music Writing 2004, 2005 and 2007. She is also the music consultant for the public radio show, This American Life. Her widely-anthologized essay, "Emo: Where the Girls Aren't," was described as "influential" by The New York Times. Holding fast to the music-is-my-life credo, Hopper has also done time as a tour manager, band publicist, DJ, touring bassist, Girls Rock Camp booster and fanzine publisher.
Hopper, who lives in Chicago, is the third speaker to be featured by the Pop Culture Lecture Series, which has also included David Dark and Donald Miller. The series is organized by the Student Activities Office at Calvin College and the November event is co-sponsored by the Communication Arts & Sciences and Gender Studies Departments.