BGSU plans tribute for Ray BrowneWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
BGSU is hosting a memorial tribute to Ray Browne, founder of the university’s Department of Popular Culture.
“He has been a really important figure nationally and internationally in starting the movement of studying popular culture as an academic field,” said Marilyn Motz, interim chair of the BGSU Department of Popular Culture.
Browne published Journal of Popular Culture, the first publication of its kind, and founded the Center for the Study of Popular Culture in 1967. In 1973, Browne helped establish the Department of Popular Culture at BGSU and later created the Bowling Green Popular Press. Additionally, Browne helped found the national group Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association.
Browne passed away Oct. 22 at the age of 87. His obituary was featured nationally in the New York Times and The Washington Post.
The memorial tribute will feature a group of speakers as well as a collection of Browne’s works from the university’s archives. The tribute is at 1:30 p.m. in the Prout Chapel on BGSU’s campus. A reception will follow the tribute from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dimling Family Lounge on the third floor of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.