The Hosts

Laura Duncombe: Laura’s first viewing of “A New Hope” was New Year’s Eve, 1995 (thanks, Neil!) and she has been hooked ever since. She’s read every single EU Legends book and used to act out “The Empire Strikes Back” in front of the TV with her action figures while she watched the movie (after school, almost every day). Before the sequel trilogy, Laura mostly enjoyed Star Wars alone, so she was absolutely thrilled to learn that the world is full of female Jedi who love Star Wars just like her. When she’s not in a galaxy far, far, away, Laura enjoys smashing the patriarchy, writing about lady pirates, and hanging out with her amazing husband and two year old boy. She’s convinced her invitation to fly in Rogue Squadron got lost in the mail.

 

Susan Bailey:  Susan can’t remember the first time she saw a Star Wars film but by the time she was four years old, she was playing Star Wars with the neighborhood children and had a beloved Princess Leia doll ( see Twitter profile photo). At eleven, Susan saw the Bill Moyers program “Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth” and became fascinated with the connection between Star Wars and religion. Susan graduated from Macalester College with a major in religious studies. She then earned a Master’s degree in world religions from Harvard Divinity School where she studied Sanskrit and almost had a class with Natalie Portman. She also earned a Master’s degree at Duke University in religions of India. Susan is a animal lover and would like to talk about the Force all day long.