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Dan Feller

History Professor Dan Feller will be on television twice in the next ten days — once as part of C-SPAN’s Lectures in History series and once on the popular cable TV program Who Do You think You Are?

Feller is the editor and director of the Papers of Andrew Jackson, a multivolume project that is supported by UT, the National Archives, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

C-SPAN came to campus in January to film Feller leading a graduate seminar on Jacksonian democracy. The seven students in the class are all pursuing graduate degrees in US history. The resulting show will air at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, on C-SPAN3. It will be available CSPAN’s video library  by Monday.

Then, at 10:00 p.m. on April 5, Feller will appear on TLC’s Who Do You Think You Are? Each episode of the show follows the journeys of celebrities as they discover unknown details about themselves and their families while researching their ancestry with the help of historians and genealogical experts

Feller’s segment involves Tony Goldwyn, the actor who plays President Fitzgerald Grant III on ABC’s Scandal. Goldwyn also portrayed the villain Carl Bruner in Ghost and Colonel Bagley in The Last Samurai, and provided the voice of Tarzan in Disney’s animated film Tarzan.

TLC’s website teases the episode with this: “Beyond a family of Hollywood legends, actor/director Tony Goldwyn explores his maternal lineage. He is introduced to a heritage of political activism; a couple ahead of their time proudly fighting for abolition, women’s rights and westward expansion.”


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