The cross-disciplinary Hero Round Table conference will look at heroism in today's world. Program content includes presentations by experts from a variety of areas as well as hour-long breakout sessions and academic poster sessions. Dr. Phil Zimbardo, founder of the Heroic Imagination Project, discusses what it takes to rise above the situation to do the right thing.
The original Syfy TV series Heroes of Cosplay follows people engaged in cosplay (costume play), as they craft creative character costumes and compete in contests at various comic-cons. Cosplay community reactions to Heroes of Cosplay have ranged from enthusiastic praise to vitriolic condemnation. Why the attacks? Why cosplay at all? Many benefits may reward cosplayers.
People are tweeting reactions to the Iron Man 3 depiction of Tony Stark as a man haunted by events of The Avengers motion picture and now suffering from anxiety attacks and various posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Some scoff as if anxiety diminishes the armored superhero while others praise the film for helping to combat stigma over issues of mental health.
Who are your heroes? And why? Who inspires your dreams and hopes and, on the coin’s other side, who conjures your nightmares and fears? Join Dr. Travis Langley by brightest day and blackest night as he investigates the best and worst in human nature, both as depicted in fiction and as observed in everyday life. Can psychologists explain or even identify good and evil? What do the concepts of heroism and villainy really mean in the 21st century?