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2006 - American Sociological Association Pages: 20 pages || Words: 9449 words || 
1. Ware, Amy. "The White-Washed Indian: Will Rogers, Memorial Representation, and Collective Memory in the Sooner State" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Montreal Convention Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Aug 11, 2006 Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2019-08-20 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Born in 1879 in Oologah, Indian Territory, Will Rogers, a Cherokee, became an international celebrity before his death in 1935. His multifaceted career adds complexity to American Indian identities in the early twentieth century and ways that Rogers worked to subvert dominant representations of Natives.

Rogers is also Oklahoma’s Favorite Son. Despite the ways Oklahomans dote on him, however, most Americans do not recognize his name. While there are several explanations for this case of cultural amnesia, this paper focuses on the ways the state of Oklahoma and the Memorial Museum dedicated to his memory create a particular Rogers that is relegated to a past no longer relevant. What makes Will Rogers such a useful and suitable symbol for the image Oklahoma wants to convey? This paper uses this state-supported museum to elucidate Oklahoma’s Will Rogers.

I attempt to explain why Rogers’ mixed-race character is central to Oklahoma—based on an overarching reputation it builds for itself—and why such appropriation affects depictions of Rogers’ ethnicity and celebrity at local and national levels. By exploring Oklahoma culture and examining several striking details of the museum, it is possible to better understand the ways the construction of meaning for a particular place affects the ways ethnicity, history, celebrity, and power are represented in a museum setting and beyond.
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2006 - The Midwest Political Science Association Pages: 31 pages || Words: 10249 words || 
2. Yeates, Owen. "Roger Williams: Toleration, Cooperation, and Culture Wars" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Midwest Political Science Association, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago, Illinois, Apr 20, 2006 <Not Available>. 2019-08-20 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This paper argues that Williams's defense of toleration and respect for others resulted from his unrelenting religious convictions. It calls on the religious and non-religious to seek grounds for cooperation within their own and others' traditions.

2008 - The Law and Society Association Words: 248 words || 
3. Shaer, Benjamin. and Katz, Edward. "Temporal Modifiers and the Rogers-Aliant Dispute" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Law and Society Association, Hilton Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 27, 2008 <Not Available>. 2019-08-20 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: This paper considers a recent Canadian contractual dispute, between Rogers Communications and Bell Aliant. This dispute attracted considerable legal and linguistic attention because it seemed to hinge on the placement of the second comma in the following clause of the contract:

[T]his Agreement shall be effective from the date it is made and shall continue in force for a period of five… years from the date it is made, and thereafter for successive five… year terms, unless and until terminated by one year prior notice in writing by either party.

It was this comma that led the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to initially find in favor of Aliant, for whom the above clause permitted termination of the agreement at any time on one year’s notice. However, the CRTC ultimately found in favor of Rogers, for whom the contract could be cancelled only at the end of a five-year term, by appealing to the unambiguous French version of the contract.
We argue that two key expressions in the contract, "thereafter" and "prior", offered an equally reliable guide to its meaning; and that the contract has a coherent interpretation only once the times that these expressions relate to are specified. We show that "thereafter" relates the completed initial term to any subsequent term, this being the precondition of any continuation; while "prior" relates the time of notice to the end of the term. Since there is no other coherent temporal interpretation, our analysis supports Rogers’ position.

2011 - Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Pages: 32 pages || Words: 8245 words || 
4. Husselbee, Paul. and Heuett, Kyle B.. "Antapologia on Steroids: How Newspapers Covered Andy Pettitte’s Apology and Roger Clemens’ Denials, 2007-2008" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Renaissance Grand & Suites Hotel, St. Louis, MO, Aug 10, 2011 Online <PDF>. 2019-08-20 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This paper analyzes newspaper antapologia and valence in response to Andy Pettitte’s apology and Roger Clemens’ denials after both New York Yankees pitchers were accused of using performance-enhancing drugs in the 2007 Mitchell Report. Findings suggest that newspapers were more favorable or neutral toward Pettitte after his apology, but they were more unfavorable toward Clemens throughout his repeated denials. Thus, Pettitte’s strategy of mortification was more successful than Clemens’ strategy of defeasibility and blame-shifting.

2015 - The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Words: 184 words || 
5. Hughes, Bethany. "Will Rogers’ Occupations: Temporal Diaspora through Performance" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., <Not Available>. 2019-08-20 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Theorizing occupation as both the inhabiting of a space and a practiced vocation, this paper reads how Will Rogers’ (Cherokee) public occupation of/on stage and print invites exploration of his Cherokee identity and its relation to another equally public performance of Indianness, the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act. During this time of active, federal assimilation Rogers appeared on Broadway in the Ziegfeld Follies and wrote a syndicated newspaper column. In his stage and print work Rogers crafted a bi-racial, bi-cultural identity through performance. Native American self-making and federal Indian policies rely upon embodied performances of “Indianness” in specific times and places. These performances overlap, contradict, and collaborate to form identities that productively complicate the relationship between indigeneity and U.S. policy. This paper explores the resistant act of self-making through public performance as a site of liminality that challenges colonial conceptions of time, space, and movement. It deploys the term temporal diaspora to articulate a moment that both contains and exceeds Euro-American conceptions of Indigenous occupations. By articulating indigeneity in relation to temporality and diaspora Rogers’ performances of self-making offer an example of resistance and (il)legibility.

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