Davisville, Jan. 13, 2020: Learning from the Simpsons at UC Davis

“Pffft, English. Who needs that? I'm never going to England.”

"Sensitive love letters are my specialty. 'Dear Baby, Welcome to Dumpsville. Population: you.' "


The Simpsons has delivered enough humor, satire, great writing and insight during its 30 years on TV to have attracted serious attention (and sites devoted to its funny quotes, like these from main character Homer Simpson). Karma Waltonen, an instructor at UC Davis whose expertise ranges from Margaret Atwood to stand-up comedy, teaches a class on the Fox network cartoon series at the University of California, Davis, and recently published her second book on the show, The Simpsons' Beloved Springfield: Essays on the TV Series and Town That Are Part of Us All (co-edited with Denise Du Vernay). On Davisville today she talks about The Simpsons, why the program matters, why students want to study it, and similarities between Springfield and Davis.

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