Divergent Movie: First Impressions

It was a beautiful snowy night in beautiful downtown Staunton, Virginia, when, inspired by Elizabeth Baird Hardy’s outings with her Hunger Games readers, a colleague and I went with about 60 Mary Baldwin psychology students to see Divergent at  the historic Dixie theater.  Granted, it was March 25th, a few days after the movie’s big opening weekend, and, at that time of year, a beautiful spring evening would have been far more appropriate, but that wasn’t going to spoil our fun.

Judging from both the turnout for the film and the comments afterwards, this was a movie the students were eagerly anticipated and which lived up to their expectations.  Since my colleague is teaching personality psychology this term, we could not resist indoctrinating them on the Five Factor Hypothesis. But, with their finals coming up in only a couple of weeks, I figure the odds of the students remembering what O.C.E.A.N stands for are a bit more in their favor now.  At least two students have told me they were inspired to read the series now, which is always a desirable outcome.

Spoilers, ho!

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Registration Now Open: LSU Young Adult Literature Conference

The official website for the inaugural Young Adult Literature Conference and Symposium at Louisiana State University is up and registration is open, with an early bird discount if you register by April 15th and a hefty discount for students.  I will be teaching a short course on Divergent and leading a breakout session of Harry Potter. The other workshops look great, too and I’m planning my reading list to get familiar with some of the works of the guest authors.

Hoping some Hogpro regulars will come!

Another Hogwarts Professor Study: Readers of YA Fiction

Dr. Louise Freeman of the Mary Baldwin Psychology Department seeks readers of young adult fiction for a personality study. This study will require you to fill out a brief (15 minute) personality survey. Participants must be at least 13 years old and a fluent speaker of English. The study is approved by the Institutional Review Board of Mary Baldwin College.   Many thanks for your help!

Young Adult Literature Conference and Seminar

Registration opens soon for a Young Adult Literature Conference and Seminar at Louisiana State University, to be held June 2-6 for interested middle and high school teachers, graduate students, academics and other scholars interested in Young Adult Literature.  I will be teaching one of the short courses: Divergent Thinking: Psychology and Neuroscience as Keys to Understanding Roth’s Dystopian World and presenting a breakout session on some Harry Potter related topic.  I am sure the website will be listing the rest of the topics and sessions soon.

Please let me know if any Hogpro regulars would like to attend!

Final Chance for Divergent Empathy Survey

I will be closing down the study of empathy in Divergent book readers soon, so please pop over and take it if you haven’t already! The website is here you must be at least 13 years old and a fluent English speaker. Thanks a lot… I hope the Divergent fans will exceed the Hunger Games fans for participation! It should take 15-20 minutes.