Author Archives: Dan Kennedy

About Dan Kennedy

I am an associate professor of journalism at Northeastern University, and I'm using WordPress.com for my blog, Media Nation, as well as class websites.

Talking about ‘Little People’ in Bridgewater on Oct. 3

If you’re in Southeastern Massachusetts, I hope you’ll consider dropping by the Bridgewater Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. I’ll be giving a talk on “Just Like Us: Images of Dwarfism from Tom Thumb to Reality TV,” based … Continue reading

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You just can’t keep a bad word down

For those of us in the dwarfism community, it sometimes seems that the outside world is mainly interested in two things: how people with dwarfism are depicted in popular culture and the continued debate over the word “midget,” which is … Continue reading

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Paul Steven Miller, a civil-rights pioneer

I was saddened to learn earlier this week that Paul Steven Miller, an accomplished civil-rights lawyer, had died of cancer at the age of 49. Paul was a dwarf, and in 2002 I interviewed him at the annual Little People of … Continue reading

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Come as you are

The Nashua Telegraph today has a nice feature on Camp Come As You Are, a weekend program for people with dwarfism and their families held every year since 2006 at Camp Allen in Bedford, N.H. The story was written by … Continue reading

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A man on the move

If I had known John Young when I was writing “Little People,” I might have devoted a chapter just to him. A 44-year-old math teacher school at the Pingree School in Hamilton, Young is a dedicated triathlete, an unlikely pursuit … Continue reading

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Big news about “Little People”

I am very excited to announce that my hometown of Middleborough has adopted my book on dwarfism, “Little People,” as its high-school summer-reading book. Students and teachers at Middleborough High School (from which I graduated in 1974) will be asked … Continue reading

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Print-on-demand edition now available

Little People is now available in a large-format (six inches by nine inches) paperback edition via the print-on-demand service offered by the Harvard Book Store of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Complete with a new introduction, this edition is available for $16 plus … Continue reading

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