A Celebration of Slashers

In Celebration of the 40th anniversary of John Carpenter's Halloween, the DePaul Pop Culture Conference proudly announces the 2018 conference focused on Slasher films! 


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Teeshirts are available!

The 2018 DePaul Pop Culture Conference teeshirts are available for pre-order!

All proceeds from the sale of teeshirts benefits our two charities: the ACLU and Full Flood Endowment. Shirts are available at our store in both unisex and ladies' cuts, sizes S-3XL. 

Shirts are only available online and are not for sale at the conference itself, so now's your chance to get one! You can pick up your shirt at the conference, or have it mailed to you. (You do not have to attend the conference to get a shirt!)

See you April 28!

 Available  here  in S-3XL, unisex and ladies' cuts

Available here in S-3XL, unisex and ladies' cuts

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 Rachel Talalay

Rachel Talalay


We're so happy to announce film and television director Rachel Talalay as our Keynote Speaker and recipient of the 6th annual Distinguished Contributions to Pop Culture Award, and Wickham Clayton as our Academic Keynote speaker!

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Rachel Talalay is a celebrated and successful writer, producer, and director who made her film directoral debut in 1991 with Nightmare on Elm Street 6Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare. In addition to directing films such as Tank Girl and Ghost in the Machine, Rachel has become a prolific television director as well, including becoming Doctor Who’s first female director in four years, helming multiple episodes (including the 2017 Christmas episode...)

 She’s also directed episodes of Sherlock, The Flash, Supergirl, Riverdale, Reign, Legends of Tomorrow, Kyle XY, Boston Public, Ally MacBeal, Haven, Cold Case and The Dead Zone, and teaches film studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. 


We're also pleased to announced that Dr. Wickham Clayton will be this year's Academic Keynote! He will be presenting a talk called "‘Looking Back on Anger: The Re-marketing and Continued Commercial Relevance of the 80s Slasher Film’" Dr.Clayton is a lecturer in Film History and Theory at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, UK. He is editor of Style and Form in the Hollywood Slasher Film (2015, Palgrave Macmillan) and co-editor of Screening Twilight: Critical Approaches to a Cinematic Phenomenon (2014, I. B. Tauris).


 You can download the flyer  here

You can download the flyer here


Information about the conference

9:00am - 6:00pm

April 28, 2018

DePaul University Loop Campus, Daley Building

247 S. State Street

All donations to our supported charity this year will receive a special badge and ribbon!


Travel information

Reserve Discounted Parking: SpotHero

To reserve parking in advance with SpotHero, a parking reservation service that connects drivers to discounted, convenient parking, visit the official DePaul University Pop Culture Conference Parking Page to find and reserve convenient parking with rates up to 50% off drive-up. Enjoy 15% off your reservation by entering the code DEPAULPOP15 at checkout!

Reserve Discounted Parking: ParkWhiz

To use ParkWhiz on the web: click the following link to reserve parking near the Pop Culture Conference: ParkWhiz. To use ParkWhiz on the phone: download the ParkWhiz app and create an account. Once you’ve done that, you can also use the coupon code POPCULTURE to reserve parking between April 28-30. This code is good for $5 off the cost of parking for the event. Both new and existing ParkWhiz users can use the code, limit one use per customer. You can make a booking for the event now but the code will only be good for parking during the event.


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