WMU News

Forum is not afraid to tackle fears

Oct. 6, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- From the popularity of the horror movies like "Scream" and its sequels to the thrills and chills of amusement parks, Americans love to be afraid. This fascination with fear and its social implications will be explored in a special forum at Western Michigan University on Saturday, Oct. 14.

The forum, "Fear in Society," will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Knauss Hall and will feature 15 presentations by scholars from across the United States on such topics as "Fear of Life and Death," "Fear as a Correlate of Authoritarianism," "Clinical Perspective on Fear: Anxiety and Panic," and "80s' Horror Films." In addition, the forum will feature a panel discussion coordinated by WMU graduate students that examines people's fears.

Sponsored by the AsSOCiation, WMU's organization for sociology students, the Anthropology Student Union and the Departments of Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology, the conference is open to the University community and the general public. There is a $5 registration fee to attend the forum, which is payable at the door. For advance registration or more information, persons should call (616) 387-5174.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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