Third Thursdays: Jaws


January 18, 2024 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Enjoy after hours exhibition access and a special screening of Jaws followed by a Q&A.

Event Details

Join us after work every Third Thursday for special extended Museum hours from 5 to 7 p.m.! Explore the exhibitions, enjoy food and drinks in The Star Cafe, and connect to the story of Texas. Different activities are offered each month. Museum garage parking is free after 5 p.m.

Check out the galleries and complete a special themed scavenger hunt in the Sharks special exhibition starting at 5 p.m. From 6 to 8:30 p.m., join us in the Texas Spirit Theater for a screening of Steven Spielberg's iconic masterpiece, Jaws. Prepare yourself for an evening filled with suspense, thrill, and a deep dive into one of the most legendary movies in cinematic history with opening remarks from guest speaker Dr. Janet M. Davis, Distinguished Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Texas at Austin.

After the screening, stay for a presentation and Q&A with Dr. Davis.

Museum exhibition galleries will be open for exploration from 5 to 7 p.m. The Jaws screening and discussion program is included in the price of exhibition admission. Onsite exhibition admission ticket sales end at 6:50 p.m.

Film Credits

Rating: PG
Starring: Roy ScheiderRobert ShawRichard Dreyfuss
Director: Steven Spielberg
Runtime: 124 minutes
Release year: 1975
Genre: Adventure, Thriller

About the Presenter

Janet M. Davis is a Distinguished Teaching Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Texas at Austin. Davis is the author of The Gospel of Kindness: Animal Welfare and the Making of Modern America (Oxford University Press, 2016), the winner of the inaugural Presidents’ Book Prize from the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era in 2018, as well as an Outstanding Title Award from Choice in 2017. She is also the editor of Circus Queen and Tinker Bell: The Life of Tiny Kline (University of Illinois Press, 2008); and the author of the prize-winning book, The Circus Age: Culture and Society under the American Big Top (UNC Press, 2002). Davis’s article, Cockfight Nationalism: Blood Sport and the Moral Politics of American Empire and Nation Building, won the 2014 Constance Rourke Prize from the American Studies Association for the best article published in American Quarterly. Her opinion pieces have been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, and other media outlets. Davis regularly serves as a public humanities consultant, including the award-winning two-part series, The Circus, which aired nationally on American Experience on PBS in 2018 and subsequently streamed worldwide on Netflix. In February 2022, she was a guest on Australian comedian Jim Jefferies’s podcast, I Don’t Know About That, to discuss the history of the American circus. Davis has received fellowships from FLAS VI in Hindi, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Association of University Women, and the University of Texas at Austin. In July 2019, she lectured at the University of Auckland as a Hood Fellow. Davis has won multiple teaching awards and was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at UT-Austin in Fall 2017. Her current book project is tentatively titled Sharkmania: A Transnational American History, 1700-Present.

About Public Programs

Public programs at the Bullock Museum explore relevant history and celebrate the culture that has shaped our modern world. Through engaging discussions, live performances, and experiential activities visitors are invited to see local connections and discover how Texas fits into a broader national story.

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Sharks is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York. The Museum gratefully acknowledges Warner Bros. Discovery for its generous support of Sharks. A selection of footage in Sharks has been provided by Discovery's Shark Week.

The Bullock Museum, a division of the Texas State Preservation Board, is funded by Museum members, donors, and patrons, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and the State of Texas.