Borders to Host Book Signing for TU Communications Professor Joli Jensen

Wednesday, June 26, 2002

TU professor of communications, Joli Jensen, will sign copies of her new book, “Is Art Good for Us? Beliefs about High Culture in American Life” at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14, at Borders Midtown, 2740 E. 21st St.

In her book, Jensen argues that the arts are good but that they do not necessarily do good. Drawing on perspectives from Tocqueville, Whitman and Dewey, she points out that instead of expecting the arts to improve things (and blaming the media for ruining them), it should be recognized that it is not up to “the arts” to make the world a better a place.

“I hope my book helps people enjoy the arts without expecting the arts to make them better people,” Jensen said. Jensen regularly teaches communication courses and seminars on popular feminism and advocacy journalism at TU.

Jensen’s research interests are in American cultural and social thought. Her first book, “Redeeming Modernity: Contradictions in Media Criticism” analyzes how the media are blamed for the perceived ills of modern life. Her second book, Creating the Nashville Sound: “Authenticity, Commercialization and Country Music” explores how and why cultural genre change in relation to concerns about culture and commerce.

Jensen received her Ph.D. in 1985 from Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois. She has taught at the University of Virginia, where she helped to develop a media studies program, and at the University of Texas-Austin, where she represented American cultural studies perspectives in the department of Radio-TV-Film. She recently received a 2002 Alumni Achievement Award from College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received a bachelor’s degree in 1975.

For more information, contact the TU department of communications at (918) 631-2541.