Beyond the Blue and Pink Toy Divide – Elizabeth Sweet – TEDx Talk

Elizabeth Sweet talks about gender and toys at a 2015 TEDx salon event at UC Davis.

Elizabeth Sweet is a sociologist whose research on gender, children’s toys, and social inequality examines this question. She has written about gender and toys for the New York Times and The Atlantic and her work has been featured in many national and international press outlets, including The Guardian, NPR, and MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show. Born and raised just outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Elizabeth spent a decade living in Oregon before coming to Davis, California for graduate school. She teaches sociology at UC Davis and at Sacramento State and is currently working on a book based on her research. She is the proud mom of a 13-year-old daughter and three feisty cats.

The Importance of Female Superheroes – Christopher Bell

Please take a moment to listen to this amazing TEDx Talk by Christopher Bell, a father and an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He specializes in the study of popular culture, focusing on the ways in which race, class and gender intersect in different forms of media. Dr. Bell’s primary research areas are young adult culture, particularly dystopian young adult literature and comic books. He serves as the chair of the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture Association’s Harry Potter Studies division.