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Communications professor Scott H. Church (BA ’05) liked the ’80s before it was cool. One of his favorite TV shows is Freaks and Geeks, a cult classic about high schoolers in the 1980s.

The show made him laugh—and helped him navigate challenging experiences. That’s the power of entertainment we love, says Church, who’s turned pastime into academic pursuit, researching and teaching about pop culture.

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