A Celebration of Disney

Join us on May 04, 2019, for A Celebration of Disney: A conference focused on discussing, analyzing, critiquing, and celebrating the multifaceted work of Disney!

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Register on Eventbrite for tickets (available Feb 18 2019)

Pre-Order tee-shirts and conference book

See a list of our Speakers!

Help donate to our Charity! (and join a walk!)

Check back soon for updates on the schedule!

This year’s Keynote Speakers

Dr. Rebecca Williams

Academic keynote for 2019’s Celebration of Disney!

Dr Williams is Senior Lecturer in Communication, Culture and Media Studies at the University of South Wales. Her work on fandom has been published in journals such as Celebrity Studies, European Journal of Cultural Studies, Transformative Works & Cultures, Continuum, Popular Communication, and Cinema Journal and she is a member of the Board of the Fan Studies Network. She is the author of Post-object Fandom: Television, Identity and Self-Narrative (2015, Bloomsbury) and editor of Torchwood Declassified (2013, I.B. Tauris) and Transitions, Endings, and Resurrections in Fandom (2018, University of Iowa Press). She is currently writing Theme Park Fandom: Distinction, Immersion & Participatory Culture for University of Amsterdam Press.

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Philo Barnhart

Professional keynote for 2019’s Celebration of Disney!

Philo Barnhart is professional film animator living in Oak Park, IL, known for his work on feature-length films: The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Rescuers Down Under, The Secret of NIMH, Happily Ever After, An American Tail, and special effects for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. 

Philo worked many animated TV shows and video games including The Smurfs, Scooby Doo, Jem and the Holograms, Space Ace, Dragons Lair, and many more. He worked on consumer products for several years with Disney, and to this day you can still find his artwork still being used on toys, books, home electronics/appliances, apparel, and posters. Philo's parents Dale Barnhart and Phyllis Barnhart were both animators at Disney's animation studios. Growing up watching the magic of art become animation, he spends his life continuing the tradition of making stories come to life through art. Currently Philo is working with Silver Phoenix Entertainment Inc. His latest comic title is Whispers from the Void

This year’s charity: Huntington’s Disease Society of America


The Huntington's Disease Society of America is the premier nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by Huntington’s disease. From community services and education to advocacy and research, HDSA is the world’s leader in providing help for today and hope for tomorrow for people with Huntington’s disease and their families.

HDSA's network of chapters, affiliates, HDSA Centers of Excellence, social workers and support groups provides a seamless connection for help, education and outreach to HD families and health care professionals across the United States.

DePaul Pop Culture Conference is proud to support HDSA through donations, tee-shirt sales, and our annual silent auction. See our other charitable work here.

Teeshirt pre-orders now available

Every year, the DePaul Pop Culture sells tee-shirts to support the charity! This year’s design is by talented artist Sarah Cruz (@trisarahtops_c). You can pre-order your shirt today (for pickup at the conference) at our online store! (While you’re there, consider donating some extra to Huntington’s Disease Society of America, or getting our conference books!) Teeshirts are not sold at the conference itself so pre-ordering is the only way to get one!

Check out more of Sarah’s work at her website, https://sarahecruz.myportfolio.com/

Check out more of Sarah’s work at her website, https://sarahecruz.myportfolio.com/

Travel Information

The Pop Culture Conference will be held at 247 S. State Street in downtown Chicago (DePaul’s Daley building). The doors will open at 9:00 am and the first panels start at 9:30am.

Parking is available downtown at numerous lots and garages. You can use ParkWhiz or SpotHero to book your spot.

To book with ParkWhiz, you can use coupon code POPCULTURE to get $5 off parking, or click this link (remember to fill in the correct date/time).

To book with SpotHero, please click this link (remember to fill in the correct date/time). 30% of the revenue generated from using SpotHero will be donated to this year’s charity.


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