Welcome from the President
I am honored to welcome the Whedon Studies Association and the 8th Biennial Slayage Conference on the Whedonverses to the University of North Alabama. This event exemplifies the type of enriched academic experience UNA values for the success of our students and faculty. UNA’s status as a regional university located in one of the American South’s most culturally vibrant areas makes it an ideal location for Slayage. UNA is happy to be home to some unique entities that may be of particular interest to Whedon scholars. We do not have hyenas or praying mantids on our campus, but we do have a pair of African lions – Leo and Una – who love visitors. UNA also has a long and eventful history, which may explain the number of ghosts calling our campus home.
UNA promotes the type of interdisciplinary collaboration and intellectual creativity for which the Whedon Studies Association is recognized. I hope your visit to our university fosters more of the scholarship that led Buffy the Vampire Slayer to be named the most studied television series. And make sure to schedule some time during your visit for the great food and southern hospitality for which UNA and Florence are known. We look forward to seeing you in June, 2018.