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SIS faculty members recognized for contributions to award-winning essay collection

Dr. Bernice Nuhfer-Halten and Dr. Marianne Holdzkom, professor and assistant professor, respectively, in the Social and International Studies (SIS) department, have been recognized for their contributions to a collection of essays called Learning from Mickey, Donald and Walt: Essays on Disney’s Edutainment Films.


The book, published in 2011 and edited by former SIS adjunct professor Bowdoin Van Riper, won the 2012 Ray and Pat Browne Award for Best Edited Collection at a joint annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association and American Culture Association in mid-April.


The organizations praised the book for its quality of research and scholarship, originality and contribution to popular and American studies scholarship.


Dr. Nuhfer-Halten’s chapter, “Beyond the Ratoncito: Disney’s Idea of Latin America,” and Dr. Holdzkom’s chapter, “A Past to Make Us Proud: U.S. History According to Disney,” are part of this comprehensive collection that explores works from the Disney studios meant to educate as well as entertain.