- Executive Director, Bedrosian Center on Governance Aubrey Hicks is the Executive Director at the Bedrosian Center, where she overseas day-to-day operations, including content management and podcast production for the Center. Prior to joining the Bedrosian Center, Aubrey served as the Program Coordinator at The POGIL Project, a national professional development organization for educators. She also served as an academic reference librarian at Moravian College and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her work as a librarian led her to publishing: she worked in marketing and journal administration at Elsevier Science and Cornell University Press, and briefly served as Managing Editor for the Journal of Public Policy. She holds a degree in English from Moravian College and an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Articles by Aubrey Hicks
Our nerd quotient is rising with the discussion of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Listen now to our nerdy discussion of the continuing saga of Luke, Leia, Kylo, Rey, Poe, Finn, and new characters we meet along the way.
Gary Oldman is Winston Churchill in the new WWII film, Darkest Hour.
The first month of Churchill’s historic time as Prime Minister, he faced a great decision; one that would lead either to war or to a negotiated peace with Hitler. The compressed timeline of the film drops the viewer in the midst of the “darkest hour” of British history. The decisions made during these days could have changed the course of history.
Strong female characters ground Mudbound as it tells of the challenges returning soldiers with different world views as they return to family and a small Mississippi community that hasn’t weathered the storms and triumphs they have seen half a world away. A spoilery conversation on this ensemble film about war at home and abroad.
At this very moment, wildfires rage across Southern California. These wildfires are only the latest in the increasingly volatile and destructive evidence of change in our climate. But there is hope. Even as the U.S. withdraws from the Paris Agreement – cities, states, and private companies are rushing to fill the void. Sustainability is becoming a win-win-win: environmentally, socially, and financially. The question is, are we too late?
In this episode, Christine Harada gives us an optimism that sustainability can prevail—and tangible proof that we can make it happen right in our own backyard.
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Is Blade Runner 2049 the sequel we didn’t know we needed? Set in a dystopian future Los Angeles, Ryan Gosling’s K is a replicant who hunts down dis-loyal replicants: a Blade Runner. When a secret is uncovered, he sets out on a quest. The journey becomes one to not only find the secret but to answer some of the fundamental questions. What does it mean to be alive, to be human?
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Director Michael Cuesta brings the fictional hero of Vince Flynn’s Mitch Rapp novels to the big screen in the new film, American Assassin. The all-star cast includes Dylan O’Brien, Michael Keaton, and Taylor Kitsch as part of a threesome tied together through the specter of betrayal and revenge, set upon a backdrop of international espionage and nuclear threat.
We discuss the level of violence in the film, its portrayal of U.S. black-ops and anti-terrorism efforts, the film’s space within the spy thriller genre, the motivations of the studio, the acting, the gender themes, how millennials may be viewing it, and so much more.
Hulu has adapted The Handmaid’s Tale, the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, into a 10 episode saga of life in the dystopia of Gilead. Gilead is a totalitarian society in what was formerly the United States, ruled by a twisted Protestant fundamentalism in its ‘return to traditional values’. Host Jonathan Schwartz is joined by three fierce women of USC to discuss the series’ timeliness, its narrative of motherhood, the fear of religious fundamentalism, feminism, and the absence of a discussion on race.
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Peter Berg’s The Kingdom is an action procedural which tries also to be a lesson in cross-cultural tolerance. Released in 2007, we wonder if this film makes the same amount of sense after ten years. The film follows an FBI team which travels to infiltrate and find a terrorist cell in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia following an attack killing many American citizens (as well as fellow FBI agent). If art is an imitation of life, have we moved on in the last ten years, or does this remain salient?
Wonder Woman is finally on the big screen!
After dozens of superhero films, has director Patty Jenkins revitalized the DC universe with this superheroine? Amid all the “rep-sweats,” did the film do justice to this classic comic heroine? Why is this film so important? What do we think of the women-only showings at Alamo Drafthouse? Did we enjoy this film?
This episode of the Price Projection Room features a conversation on the popular film, Hidden Figures directed by Theodore Melfi and starring the dream team of Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, among many others.
We discuss how the film both illustrated the racial divide in America while showcasing the work & struggle of African American women. Though we all have some criticism of the work, in the end it may be the representation of strong, smart black women that matters the most.