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Eadington Fellow Colloquium: Martin Harris — 2019

Please join us for Eadington Fellow Martin Harris’s talk “Poker & Pop Culture: Telling the Story of America’s Favorite Card Game” on Friday, June 14 at 3 p.m. in the Goldfield Room, Lied Library.

Harris’s presentation will focus on his newly published book Poker & Pop Culture, a comprehensive study of poker’s history with a special emphasis on the role the game has played in American popular culture, generally speaking. The book demonstrates how portrayals of poker in film, literature, art, drama, music, radio and television programs, and elsewhere reveal how mainstream America has viewed poker over the last two centuries -- both positively as emblematic of “American” values like individualism, self-reliance, and the frontier spirit, and negatively as a game for outlaws associated with other morally objectionable activities and detrimental to society. The book additionally explores instances where poker’s story has intersected with the history of American politics, warfare, business, law, and technology. By highlighting the many deep-rooted connections between poker and American history, Poker & Pop Culture shows how the story of poker serves as a lens through which to examine numerous aspects of American history from the early 19th century to the present day.

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