For a select group of scholars that “stick” represents a very significant accomplishment. Mary Ellen is a member of the Whedon Studies Association, an international group of scholars studying the works of writer/producer/director Joss Whedon, who brought us Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, and The Avengers, to name a few. At last summer’s biennial conference of the Whedon Studies Association, Mary Ellen was awarded top prize for best academic paper, which looked at the disabilities of various Whedon characters. The picture of Mary Ellen was taken shortly after receiving the honor, which is awarded in the form of a very large vampire stake.
The joy shown in her smile is actually very typical for Mary Ellen, who works for the Children’s Media Project in New York, where she is the director of education. It only takes a few minutes with her to know she has brings a passionate joy to her work and her life, and the Lindsey Festival is very excited to share this with the Florence Middle schoolers who Mary Ellen will lead in a filmmaking workshop this Friday. If you see Mary Ellen during the festival, take a few moments to chat with her; it’s a good bet some of that happiness will rub off on you!