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This event was hosted by Special Collections and Archives and Center for Gaming Research. The event featured UNLV Center for Gaming Research's latest Eadington Fellow, Martin Harris. 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.


American Popular Culture | Game Design | Social History

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This public event was held on June 14, 2019, at 3:00pm, on the campus of UNLV in the Lied Library's Goldfield room.