When the A.V. Club refers to your presentation as both “relatively dry, academic” and then “an exhilarating rush of life,” I think you just go ahead and quote it:
For the first panel of the morning, I chose “Morality And Ethics.” The first presenter, a professor from University of Nebraska-Lincoln named Ari Kohen, got off to a relatively dry, academic start to his presentation, “Platonic Justice And Jersey Shore,” but an exhilarating rush of life entered the room the moment the presentation shifted from the lofty ideals espoused by Plato to the less lofty exploits of the gang over at Seaside Heights. Kohen’s presentation concerned Plato’s ideas about what we owe our friends and society as a whole, and how that relates to the infamous anonymous letter of Jersey Shore’s second season (you know, the one about Ronnie motorboating Jell-O shot girls), but like the rest of the conference, it was ultimately an excuse for smart people to talk about something the world largely considers dumb. Kohen just happened to be doing so using ideas incomprehensible to most Jersey Shore fans.
Of all my press clippings, I think I’ll treasure this one the most.
My reflections on the conference and why it doesn’t just amount to silliness or a waste of time can be found here.