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Department of American Studies College of Arts and Sciences
Harold Chase/Edward J. Sweeney, New York Highlanders, baseball card portrait; Fred R. Hamlin's musical extravaganza, The wizard of Oz; Ringling Bros.--Crandall and his comic burlesque equestrian act on his riding mule Thunderbolt; Woman beating cassava, Jamaica American WW1 Propaganda Poster - U.S. Department of Labor, 1918; Hand painted mural showing the Cuban flag and Che Guevara, neighborhood in Old Havana, Cuba
; WWII Patriotic 'We Can Do It' Poster by J. Howard Miller Photo by Béatrice de Géa for The New York Times; Old Negro (former slave); Unidentified man, head-and-shoulders portrait; Son of depression refugee from Oklahoma now in California

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.

2017 Spring Course Lineup!



Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 12:30-1:30p, Ballantine Hall 004
Free food and conversation with American Studies faculty

Professor Karen Inouye
Thursday, September 22nd, 1:00-2:00p, Walnut Room, IMU
"Unearthing the Past in the Present"

COME SEE US -- Learn more about our BA degree!
What: College Majors Expo
When: Thursday, August 18th, 3:00-4:00p
Where: Alumni Hall

Lessie Frazier and Deborah Cohen
Global '68: From Imperialist Eugenics to the Erotics of Modernization
Wednesday, August 10th, 4:00p, Wells Library, room E460


Karen Inouye will be part of a Densho panel discussion "Lessons From World War II: Enduring Legacies of Japanese American Incarceration" at the Seattle Public Library October 23, 2016, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Grace Shen will be a student speaker at the undergraduate commencement in May. She received the Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. And finally, her paper "'I am not an American, I am a Human Being': History of Estelle Ishigo, a White American Renouncing her Whiteness" won first place in the Asian American Studies Undergraduate Essay contest.

Caitlin Reynolds received the 2016 Virginia La Follete Gunderson Award in recognition of the best essay written by an American Studies graduate student for her paper "Disconnected Justice: The Denial of Inernet Access in the United States Prison System." She also received a fall College of Arts and Sciences travel award.

Rasul Mowatt was recently featured in NUVO magazine (page 45) as Best of the Best Professors in Bloomington.