Dr. Karen Hart will present "The Icy White Queen in a Green World: Investigating Ecocritical Consciousness in Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen” and Disney’s Frozen" from 2:30-3:30, Friday April 22, in CWH 113 as part of the English Department Colloquium Series. What is an “ecocritical” or “green” consciousness and why is it important to investigate in popular culture? What are the ambiguities of “green” consciousness in Andersen’s “Snow Queen” and Disney’s Frozen (a loose adaptation)? Which is more “green” and potentially subversive: “The Snow Queen” or Frozen? To answer these guiding questions, Dr. Hart has investigated the meaning of “green” consciousness in relationship to a “master” consciousness, and has integrated modules into my Gen Ed ENG200 Fairytale class to explore the young adult/student response to these stories after learning these concepts. She also has considered my own experiential and theoretical concerns with Frozen as a parent and fairytale scholar. Through sharing her discoveries, Dr. Hart hopes this colloquium will open up a dialogue about the challenges and impediments to, and value of, creating and maintaining a green consciousness.