Forgotten Stars of Vaudeville

Humanities Seminars Course

Forgotten Stars of Vaudeville

Regents Professor David Soren School of Anthropology, Department of Religious Studies and Classics
Past Course
THURSDAYS 9:00 am to 11:00 am July 6 - July 27, 2017
Dorothy Rubel Room



The University of Arizona has one of America's greatest holdings in the field of vaudeville. Special Collections Guest Curator David Soren presents some of the best stars and specialty acts you've never heard of along with fascinating and little-known information about some of the biggest stars. Featured are vaudeville's most versatile performer Joe Cook, whose sidekick, pantomime comic Dave Chasen, founded Chasen's Restaurant (open 1936-1995) in West Hollywood. Learn about the dark side of Al Jolson, and witness one of his performances that was banned for many years on American television. See a portrait of Annette Kellerman, the Australian swimming superstar who pioneered the one-piece bathing suit and promptly got arrested! And much more.


DAVID SOREN is Regents Professor of Anthropology, Classics, and Art History. He is a Fellow of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He was named Honorary Italian Citizen for his contributions to Italian archaeology and Honorary Philhellene by the Greek Orthodox Church for his work in Cypriote archaeology. He has also been named a Successor Generation Scholar by Oxford University and is the 2018 winner of of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from the Archaeological Institute of America. 

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