McFarlin Fellows Welcome Joli Jensen

Joli Jensen serves as the Hazel Rogers Endowed Chair in Communication at The University of Tulsa. This fall she will be the inaugural Henneke Academic Writing Fellow for 2012-2014, designing and implementing a writing support program for TU faculty. She has also served as director of the University Honors Program from 2005-2007. Her teaching interests are in media, culture, and society.

Dr. Jensen’s current research is on changes in academic and literary publishing, and she has been exploring Diana Athill’s role as literary editor in the post-WWII period. She is also the author of Is Art Good For Us? Beliefs about High Culture in American Life (Rowman & Littlefield 2002) which questions assumptions about the transformational power of high culture; Redeeming Modernity: Contradictions in Media Criticism, (Sage 1990) and The Nashville Sound: Authenticity, Commercialization and County Music (Vanderbilt 1998); as well as book chapters and research essays on media criticism, communication technologies, communication theories, the social history of the typewriter, and fans and fandom.

Dr. Jensen received her Ph.D. in 1985 from Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois. She has also taught at the University of Virginia, and the University of Texas-Austin.

The McFarlin Fellows is the oldest currently active giving society affiliated with McFarlin Library. These individuals have generously chosen to support the growth of the library’s Department of Special Collections and University Archives with an annual commitment of $2,000, and in so doing highlight and encourage intellectual development in the Tulsa community. Gifts are used to fund acquisitions of rare books and manuscripts, while also funding an annual lecture series that features significant scholars and authors of the day, such as Mr. Egan. The McFarlin Fellows generally attend formal dinners with a speaker three times a year, and may also participate in other special events.

These events are not open to the public. For further information please see the
Fellows’ website.

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