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Tuesday, April 8th

Workshop on Science Fiction in the Americas
featuring Junot DÍaz

Read more at: Press Release

In American Studies, we consider the history, politics, and cultures of the Americas from an interdisciplinary perspective. Historically grounded in English and History, the field now incorporates people, ideas, and methods from across the Humanities and Social Sciences. Our practice is a form of critical citizenship.


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Course Line-Up for Fall 2014 !



Wednesday, September 10, 12:15-1:00 p.m. Gallery of Western Art, first floor, IU Art Museum
"Beyond Food Porn: Images and Affect in the Politics of Eating" -- Vivian Halloran will explore how viewers' visceral reaction to food art can be manipulated to affect political or behavioral change.

Tuesday, September 16th, 4:00 p.m., Kelly Graduate Bldg., BLCG 2069
Andrea S. Noble, Professor of Spanish at Durham University, will give a lecture titled "Tears in Mexico: A Cultural History of Emotions and Motivations," which is based on research that she is currently conducting at the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico. She is the author of Photography and Memory in Mexico: Icons of Revolution (Manchester, 2010), Mexican National Cinema (Routledge, 2005), and Tina Modotti: Image, Texture, Photography (University of New Mexico, 2000). Earlier this year, she organized a conference on the Cold War Camera in Guatemala (see

There will be a Brown Bag Colloquium at Noon on September 16th in Ballantine Hall 004.

Friday and Saturday, October 10-11, 2014, Global Moral Panics Conference


  • Lessie Frazier has been awarded a course development grant to develop a course for the Fall 2015 Themester: @Work: The Nature of Labor on a Changing Planet.
  • Jason McGraw advanced in rank to Associate Professor.
  • Susan Lepselter was promoted to Associate Professor.


Thursday, May 8th, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Ballantine Hall 004
American Studies will honor our graduating seniors; Carley Cruz, Desiree Dixon, Stephanie Evans, Nicholas House, Amanda Klenk, Michael Mohler, Paige Roehr, Bradley Schmitt, Alyssa Speichert, and Jeneva Sumner.

Friday, May 2nd, 3:30 - 5:00 p.m., Ballantine Hall 004
AMST Virginia La Follette Gunderson award presentation by Jessica George. She will present her paper The Art of Contingency in Kate Chopins Fiction: A Bioregional Approach to American Regionalism.

Friday, April 25th, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Bridgewaters Lounge, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center

  • 11:00 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Marlon Bailey, Associate Professor in American Studies and Gender Studies
  • 12:00 p.m. Mentorship Lunch with Faculty
  • 1:00 p.m. Graduate Student Lightning Talks
  • 2:00 p.m. Roundtable Discussion moderated by Cara Caddoo, Assistant Professor in American Studies

Tuesday, April 8th

The Department of American Studies and the Latino Studies Program are hosting a visit by Pulitzer-Prize winning author Junot Daz, as part of a symposium on "Science Fiction in the Americas."

Picture of Nieto-Phillips, Diaz, Cohn

  • 1:00 p.m. Academic Panel, Frangipani Room, IMU
    Presentations by:
  • Elizabeth Ginway (Spanish and Portuguese, University of Florida)
  • De Witt Kilgore (English, IU-Bloomington)
  • Emily Maguire (Spanish and Portuguese, Northwestern University)
8:00 p.m. Public Reading: An Evening with Junot Daz
Buskirk-Chumley Theater, 114 E. Kirkwood Ave.