Fordham University, New York, May 22-25, 2008

Go here to download a copy of the program: http://davidlavery.net//Sopranos_Wake/Sopranos_Wake_Program.pdf

Convener: David Lavery, Chair in Film & TV at Brunel University in London and editor of This Thing of Ours: Investigating The Sopranos [Columbia U P, 2002) and Reading The Sopranos: Hit TV from HBO [I. B. Tauris, 2006]); co-conveners: Paul Levinson (Fordham) and Douglas L. Howard (Suffolk County Community College).

May 22-25, 2008—The Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University in New York sponsored the first scholarly conference devoted to the HBO drama The Sopranos. The conference sought to provide a definitive final assessment of one of the most important television series ever. The best papers from the conference will be published as a book.

Dominic Chianese (Uncle Junior) was our guest of honor.

The Sopranos: A Wake was co-sponsored by Brunel University and Critical Studies in Television.

Featured speakers included Janet McCabe, Kim Akass, Martha Nochimson, Gary Edgerton, George De Stefano, Jason Jacobs, Jimmie Reeves, Maurice Yacowar, and David Bianculli

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*wake: A funeral celebration, common in Ireland, at which the participants stay awake all night keeping watch over the body of the dead person before burial. A wake traditionally involves a good deal of feasting and drinking.—American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition