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Similarities between professional wrestling and storytelling to be focus of 'Thursdays from the U'

| Linda Tollefsrud and Diane Walkoff

Dr. Jessica Wofford

Dr. Jessica Wofford

Dr. Jessica Wofford, an associate lecturer in the English department at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County, will be the featured speaker for the final “Thursdays from the U” event of the fall semester.

Wofford will present “And the Horse He Rode In On: Spectacle, Storytelling and Professional Wrestling” from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Dec. 10.

Wofford will discuss how professional wrestling utilizes classical storytelling methods to create a spectacle that keeps its audiences watching. She contends that professional wrestling, despite being a sporting event, can be discussed and analyzed in a similar fashion to theater. A good match is all about the roles the actors play and the stories they tell. 

Wofford, who holds a doctoral degree from Middle Tennessee State University, has taught at UW-Eau Claire – Barron County since 2018. 

Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 series will be entirely online. To access the livestreamed presentations, visit the “Thursdays from the U” webpage at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the event. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the complete fall schedule and archived recordings.

The series, which is free and open to all, is sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire – Barron County Foundation.

For more information about the weekly series, contact Dr. Linda Tollefsrud, professor emeritus of psychology, UW Colleges, at or 715-788-6216.