The Graduate Association for Comparative Literature Students (GRACLS) provides the organizing body and social forum for graduate students in UT’s program in Comparative Literature. Every year since 2001, the GRACLS conference has brought together students from across the 40 Acres and across America to participate and present their original research in an interdisciplinary, multicultural, and high-profile event. Reaching beyond the academy, through our careful work on cultural exchange and human expression, this year’s conference will focus on the role of popular culture in the humanities and the impact of the humanities on the world beyond the academy.