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Tap Your Inner Superman: LIU Post Faculty Expert Shares Tip on Becoming a Hero


Rita Langdon,Associate Provost for Communications, Public Relations & Marketing
Long Island University, LIU Post

Liu-Post-SupermanSheila Gunther, a professor of foreign languages and creator of a university course on superheros at LIU Post in Brookville, N.Y., was quoted recently in a world-wide blog about the newly released movie “Man of Steel.”

In an article in The Globe and Mail published on June 10, 2013, Professor Gunther answers the question: How can each of us discover and make the best use of our superpowers to make our communities and world a better place?

The answer, Gunther says, is to develop community service skills:

“A common theme in superhero lore is taking heroic action without seeking recognition or reward. We can each emulate that quality by working as volunteers or using our skills selflessly to benefit society.”

Gunther has taught the “Making of a Super Hero” at LIU Post to undergraduate students for nearly 4 decades. The liberal arts course provides an analysis of the development of the superhero in world literature and focuses on superheroes from ancient times and futuristic worlds who embody the values and aspirations of their respective cultures. Within the course, literature and film are emphasized as vehicles for expressing societal ideals.

The course will be offered in the Fall 2014. For more information contact the Foreign Languages Department at 516-299-2386 or email

Posted 06/17/2013

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