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Fall Quarter 2011

Friday, November 18, 2:00 pm || 800 S Halsted St (Chicago)

Experiential Learning Outing: Jane Adams Hull-House Museum

The museum occupies one of the original buildings that together constituted the Hull-House settlement, which was established to improve and enrich the lives of the working poor, most of whom were immigrants, on Chicago's Near West Side. This trip is part of the Program's interest in studying Chicago and using its resources, as was recently done in classes offered by Professor Smith. The trip to Hull House will be guided by our new Visiting Scholar, Elena Gonzalez, who will also lead a discussion on Hull-House and its work.

Tuesday, December 6, 5:00 pm || American Studies Lounge (University Hall 022)

American Studies Holiday and Gift Wrapping Party

For the last three years we have adopted two families (3-4 members in each family) from Family Focus and wrapped the gifts during the party. Each person should donate at least $20 as each member of the family MUST receive at least one gift. 

Winter Quarter 2012

Friday, January  6, 10:00 am || The First Congregational Church, 1417 Hinman Ave

Experiential Learning Outing: The Friday Sack Lunch Program

We need at least 5-8 volunteers for Lunch Prep (buying the ingredients the day before), Making Lunch 10:00 AM-12:00 PM, Distribution 12:00 PM-1:00 PM, and Clean-up 1:00-1:30 PM.

Monday, January 9, 3:00 pm || Humanities Center (Kresge 2-370)

R. Blakeslee Gilpin (Department of History, Tulane University), "Together Under Arms: Jacob Lawrence, John Brown, and the Painting of Black History"

Co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Department of African American Studies , Event Poster

Thursday, February 2, 10:00 am || Louis Theatre

Experiential Learning Outing: The Bluest Eye

Don't miss the next AMST cultural activity, a group outing to see The Bluest Eye, a production at Northwestern's Theatre and Interpretation Center, on February 2. Join us for this fun evening which includes a post-show discussion. We will have a discussion before the show over dinner at Mt. Everest, 630 Church Street.

Spring Quarter 2012

Monday, April 2, 3:00 pm || American Studies (University Hall 020)

American Studies application deadline

Wednesday, April 4, 5:00 pm || Hagstrum Room (University Hall 201)

Rebecca Traister,

Ms. Traister's talk will examine the 2008 election as an instance of social rupture in the United States, when assumptions about who could be president were exploded, as issues of gender, race, and political power came into relief. She will contextualize this election in relation to the roundabout path of social progress, looking back to historical rifts, resentments, and inequities and considering how it offers us glimpses of a future in which more kinds of power will be available to more kinds of people. sponsored by the Northwestern Program in American Studies, in collaboration with the Departments of History and Political Science, the Program in Gender Studies, and the Medill School of Journalism. Event Poster

Thursday, April 5, 11:30 am || Hagstrum Room (University Hall 201)

Rebecca Traister, - Lunch with American Studies Majors

A much fuller chance for majors to meet and talk with her about her work, her own career at NU, and other issues of interest. Whether or not you can get a look at the book, it is strongly recommended that you read before the gathering on Thursday a few of her short articles. They are on a series of subjects on everything from Elizabeth Warren (now running for election as U.S. Senator from Massachusetts) and Hillary Clinton to slut walks and soap opera (the subject of her American Studies senior honors project). The Warren article is the longest, and it isn't very long. Here they are:

Tuesday, May 29, 3:00 pm || Hagstrum Room (University Hall 201)

2012 Senior Research Symposium
Please join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of the following American Studies graduating seniors, who will deliver presentations on their research. Symposium Program

Friday, June 1, 12:00 pm || American Studies Lounge (University Hall 022)

Annual End-of-Year Picnic
Join us as we celebrate the year and say goodbye for the summer. Congratulate both the new majors and the seniors. Featuring great food, games, prizes, camaraderie, and general hilarity.

Monday, June 4,12:00 pm || Harris Hall 108

Political Union lecture with Professor Tim Breen (Department of History, Northwestern University)

Saturday, June 16, 8:30 am || Hagstrum Room (University Hall 201)

American Studies Pre-Convocation Breakfast
Annual traditional for all of the graduating seniors, their families, and American Studies faculty.

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