Dear PCA Members:

Instead of being in Philadelphia this week for our annual conference, we are sheltering in place, converting face-to-face courses to online, and doing what popular culture scholars do: trying to make sense of this cultural moment. I, for one, am also recovering from a serious auto accident in February. Although my broken bones are still healing, I am happy to say that I am progressing well enough to resume my duties as PCA president. I thank our vice president, Sue Matheson, for stepping in for me and the PCA Governing Board for being so supportive. Many of you sent get-well wishes that touched me deeply and brightened my days; for these, I am truly grateful.

I am sorry that our 2020 conference had to be canceled due to the coronavirus; it was shaping up to be a great event. Executive director Lynn Bartholome is processing registration refunds for those who requested them and working with our scheduled speakers and vendors to roll them over to next year. I look forward to our meeting in Boston in 2021, when we will be celebrating our 50-year anniversary in one of America's most historic and enjoyable cities, and I am confident that this will be our best conference ever. I hope you will begin making plans now to attend. After an unsettling year, we will appreciate the opportunity to reconnect with our peers, share our diverse research, and interpret the experiences, practices, media, and artifacts that characterize these times.

As we look to the future, please feel free to contact me or any member of the PCA Governing Board with any suggestions for our conference in Boston. We still have openings for events and speakers, and many of you have contacts and ideas that would serve our association well.

May you stay healthy and safe. Along with all of the members of the PCA Governing Board, I appreciate your commitment to the Popular Culture Association, and I wish you well.

All the best,


Kathy Merlock Jackson
President, PCA