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Associate Professor Janet Davis releases new book on Tiny Kline

Fri, Aug 29, 2008

Janet Davis' "Circus Queen and Tinker Bell: The Memoir of Tiny Kline" is an engaging memoir which follows the life and career of circus performer Tiny Kline (1891- 1964) from the burlesque house to the circus tent, and on to Disneyland and the silver screen. While working for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Kline became well known for her signature "slide for life" stunt, an "iron jaw" act in which she slid to the ground while dangling from trapeze rigging by her teeth. Kline renewed her spectacular acrobatics at the age of seventy when she played Tinker Bell in the "Fantasy in the Sky" fireworks show at Disneyland. In that same year, she also began writing her life story.

Associate Professor Steve Hoelscher releases new book

Fri, Aug 29, 2008

In "Picturing Indians: Photographic Encounters and Tourist Fantasies in H.H. Bennett's Wisconsin Dells," Hoelscher superbly braids three threads - a photographer, a native people, an economy - to portray an important part of our national story.

American Studies releases the second edition of its annual newsletter "Main Currents"

Thu, Jul 24, 2008

The Spring 2008 edition of "Main Currents" features American Studies faculty, alumni and current students.

Associate Professor Julia Mickenberg's New Book to be Released

Wed, Jun 25, 2008

Professor Julia Mickenberg's new book co-edited with Philip Nel, entitled "Tales for Little Rebels: A Collection of Radical Children's Literature," will be released November 2008. "A rarely discussed aspect of children’s literature—the politics behind, or part, of a books creation—has been thoroughly explored in this intelligent, enlightening, and fascinating account.

Associate Professor Julia Mickenberg to receive Children's Literature Association Book Award

Tue, Jun 3, 2008

Dr. Mickenberg's "Learning from the Left" has been chosen to receive the Children's Literature Book Award which recognizes outstanding book-length contributions to children's literature history, scholarship, and criticism. She will accept the award at the Children's Literature Association's Annual Meeting on June 14th.

American Studies Masters student wins Best MA Thesis/Report Award

Tue, Jun 3, 2008

Rebecca Onion wins the Best Thesis/Report Award from the Graduate School and the University Cooperative Society for her MA Report, "Sled Dog Stories: Domestication, Masculinity, and Nationhood in Alaska, 1898-1925."

American Studies Alumnus Receives Distinguished Professorship

Mon, May 12, 2008

Randolph Lewis of the University of Oklahoma Honors College is the recipient of the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation Presidential Professorship.

American Studies participates in Explore UT

Tue, Mar 4, 2008

American Studies graduate students hosted a very active booth at Explore UT Saturday March 1st. Children won great prizes and learned about American Studies by playing "This American Life" and "Who's Who in American History?"