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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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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

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.

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.


  • Nzingha Kendall, stand-alone PhD student in American Studies, has been awarded the 2014 Matias L. Ochoada Fellowship for $500.
  • Jessica George, AMST PhD minor student (ENG major) is the recipient of the AMST Virginia La Follette Gunderson award for $1,000.
  • Check out Susan Seizer's publication of her first blogospheric article "Craft and Magic on the U.S. Comedy Club Stage".
  • Stone Irr, undergraduate major in American Studies, has been chosen to receive the Stephen F. Cohen and Katrina Vanden Heuvel Scholarship. This award for the 2014-2015 academic year totals $3,000. He was also selected as a recipient of William G. Bray Memorial Scholarship for $1,000. Both scholarships were awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Karen Inouye was selected by the College of Arts and Sciences to receive the 2014 Trustees Teaching Award.
  • Micol Seigel has been awarded a $5,000 Ostrom grant by the College of Arts and Sciences to support a conference associated with her project, Global Moral Panics.
  • Marlon Bailey and Xavier Livermon presents at a Graduate Student Workshop on "Queer Ethnography" Methods at the University of Southern California Monday, March 10, 2-4 p.m.
  • Marlon Bailey's book, Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit, is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in the category of LGBT Studies.
  • Holly Schreiber, Combined PhD student in American Studies and Comparative Literature, received a Graduate Student Conference Travel Award from the College Arts & Humanities Institute for $600. She will be traveling to the IALJS Ninth International Conference for Literary Journalism Studies in Paris, France, May 15-17 to deliver her paper "'Incarceration-Vacations'" and the Criminalization of Poverty" in the Railroad Narratives of Ted Conover, Jack London, and Josiah Flynt.
  • Alex Chambers, PhD student in American Studies, was selected by the College Arts & Humanities Institute to receive a Graduate Student Conference Travel award for $350. He will travel to Rutgers University for the After 400 ppm conference March 27-28 and deliver his paper: "On Inhabitability, After Man".
  • Michael T. Martin's interview with Madeline Anderson, "Madeline Anderson in Conversation: Pioneering an African American Documentary Tradition".
  • Cara Caddoo, Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, has been awarded an NEH Faculty Fellowship. This yearlong fellowship will allow her to focus on her project, "The History of Early African American Cinema," in which she researches early black cinema in the Americas.
  • Jordache Ellapen, PhD student in American Studies, receives a College of Arts and Sciences Travel Award for $500. He presented "Theater of Transgression and Confession: Subverting Masculinities in Gay, Interracial, Barback Pornography" at the Black Sexual Eonomies conference held at the Wasington University in St. Louis, MO, September 27-28, 2013.
  • Bob Ivie, Professor Emeritus, in the Departments of American Studies and Communication and Culture, was named a Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association. The NCA generally recognizes 3-4 scholars each year "for a lifetime of scholarly achievement in the study of human communication."
  • Michael T. Martin, Director of the Black Film Center / Archive (BFC/A), and Professor in the Departments of American Studies and Communication & Culture, was the Keynote speaker at the Conference "Representing Social Classes in Films in English-Speaking Countries" October 10-11, 2013, at the Universit Rennes 2 in Upper Brittany, France. His address was titled "Locating Class in the African American Cinematographic Archive."
  • Lessie Jo Frazier, Associate Professor in the Departments of American Studies and Gender Studies has been awarded a Grant-in-aid from the Office of the Vice Provost for Research for her book project, Beyond '68: The Gendering of Political Culture in the 1968 Mexican Student Movement and Its Legacies, which she is co-writing with Deborah Cohen (University of Missouri-St. Louis), and which is under contract with the University of Illinois Press.
  • Micol Seigel has been awarded a grant by the Latin American Studies Association for her project, "Tepoztln--Kayb'alan." This grant will provide support for the Tepoztln Institute collective and a collective of Mam Indigenous scholars in Guatemala to do collaborative research and writing.
  • In anticipation of the Black Film Center/Archive upcoming conference (November 15-16) on Regeneration in Digital Contexts: Early Black Film, a website and Wiki are now online.
  • Christina Snyder has been awarded the Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology Faculty Curatorship for collections study and writing to facilitate her Ancient America project.
  • Christina Snyder, Associate Professor in the Departments of American Studies and History, has been appointed to the Thomas Milton Miller and Kathryn Owens Miller Professorship in Indiana History.
  • Micol Seigel has been awarded a Visiting Fellow Scholarship at the United States Studies Center at the University of Sydney, where she will be spending this coming spring.
  • Karen Inouye, Assistant Professor, Department of American Studies, has been named Chair of the American Studies Association's Ethnic Studies Committee.
  • Check out Marlon M. Bailey's new book! Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit. Marlon is an Associate Professor in the Departments of American Studies and Gender Studies
  • Micol Seigel was quoted in an article that appeared in the September 13th issue of the IDS, which covers a public discussion of the economic goals for Bloomington.
  • Micol Seigel, Associate Professor in the Departments of American Studies and History has recently published two co-authored editorials, both in Quartz, a digital business news outlet of The Atlantic: "Brazil's protests reveal the tension of a people moving ahead of their country", Osmundo Pinho, co-author, and "Privatization in Mexico is a road to nowhere", co-author, Elliott Young.


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."

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.
The Buskirk-Chumley will be issuing tickets (for free) to the Daz reading. To request tickets, go to the following site:

Friday, March 14, Noon-1:00 p.m.

Christina Snyder will present "Bridging the Divide: Archaeology, History, and America's Ancient Past" as part of the 2014 Research at the GBL Speakers Series
Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology
423 Fess Avenue

Monday, March 10, 4:00 p.m., State Room East, IMU
Inderjeet Parmar, City University of London, will give a public lecture: "Empire and Race in Anglo-American Wars from Korea to the War on Terror"


Jos Anguiano, Visiting Assistant Professor in American Studies and Latino Studies, will present "Soundtracks of Belonging: The Music Listening Practices of Mexican Custodians at a Southern California University"
Wednesday, January 22, 12:00 Noon
Maple Room, IMU

"Brown Bodies in Ecstasy"
Jordache A. Ellapen presents his film cane/cain and his work-in progress "Queering the Archive: Brown Bodies in Ecstacy"
Thursday, December 5th,1:00 p.m.
Ballantine Hall 004

Marlon M. Bailey, Associate Professor in the Departments of American Studies and Gender Studies, discusses his book Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance and Ballroom Culture in Detroit, published in 2013 by University of Michigan Press.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
College of Arts and Humanities Institute, 1211 E. Atwater Avenue
5:00 p.m., reception to follow


Adam Kaul will present "Music on the Edge: Busking at The Cliffs of Moher and the Commodification of a Musical Landscape"
Friday, November 15th, 10:00 a.m.
Hoagy Carmichael Room (006)
Morrison Hall (1165 E. Third St.)

Lecture by Paul Allen Anderson "My Foolish Heart:" Bill Evans, Modern Jazz, and the Public Life of Feelings"
Thursday, November 14th, 4:00 p.m.
College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI)
1211 E. Atwater Avenue

Lecture: Nico Slate, Carnegie Mellon, will give a talk entitled "The United States of India: Democracy, Diversity, Development" Thursday, October 10, 2013, 5:00 p.m. at India Studies, 825 E. 8th St.

Hosted by The Institute For Research on Race and Public Policy, The University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Melinda Brenna, Gender Studies
  • Alex Chambers, American Studies
  • Sarah Dees, Religious Studies and Native American Studies
  • Lessie Jo Frazier, American Studies and Gender Studies
  • Brian Gilley, Native American Studies and Anthropology
  • LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Gender Studies
  • Karen Inouye, American Studies
  • Sylvester Johnson, Religious Studies & CRRES (IUB); now at Northwestern, Religious Studies & African American Studies
  • Joselyn Leimbach, Gender Studies
  • Courtney Mitchel, American Studies
  • Sami Schalk, Gender Studies
  • Micol Seigel, Amerian Studies and History

Lecture: Peter Hulme, University of Essex, presents "The Dinner at Gonfarone's: Pan-American Literature in New York in the Early Twentieth Century"
Wednesday, September 11, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Persimmon Room, IMU