At StarFest last week, one of my students was interviewed by a reporter for the Denver Examiner. The article has just now come out. Relevant quote:
Mackenzie Kircher-Smither, New Albany, Ind., 19, was dressed up as a Star Trek cadet for a college course. She came here to Denver with her classmates on a mission to interview other trekkies and Starfest attendees about the importance of Star Trek. “It is a folklore class and we are doing our own examining of the Star Trek culture.” They interviewed other trekkie fans and writers of fan fiction to see the influences and affects Star Trek had on their lives.
The full article can be found here: Nerds Unite at StarFest.