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Fall Quarter 2017

Saturday, November 11th, 2017 || Hyatt Regency Chicago

Reception for Jan Radway ant the 2017 Annual ASA Conference 

The occasion of the 2017 ASA meeting gave us the opportunity to honor our own Jan Radway, who served as President of the American Studies Association in 1998-99. Widely acclaimed as one of the most important scholars of her generation, she is the author of Reading the Romance (1984) and A Feeling for Books (1999), as well as a co-editor of American Studies: An Anthology (2009), among many other notable works. At Northwestern, Professor Radway teaches courses across American Studies, Communication Studies, and Gender and Sexuality Studies; her course “Girlhood in American Culture” is a perennial favorite with the majors.

A long train of colleagues and former students, including Northwestern alumni Andrew Levin (AMST ’12), Angela Wu (Media, Technology, and Society “14), and Leigh Meredith (Rhetoric and Public Culture ’16), came to celebrate Professor Radway. Everyone spoke admiringly about her as a mentor, teacher, and scholar, filled with anecdotes from colleagues about learning “how to be-in-the-classroom by imitating Jan” to those from students recalling her advice to “always historicize.”



Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 || 5:00-6:00 pm || Kresge 5520 (American Studies Lounge)

Informational Meeting for Prospective Students

First year students and sophomores are invited to attend an informational about the Program in American Studies. Stop by with your questions about the curriculum and opportunities of the American Studies degree and how to apply for the Program.Faculty and current majors will be available to answer questions.


Colloquium on Ethnicity and Diaspora 2017-18 programming

Colloquium on Ethnicity and Diaspora (CED) provides an interdisciplinary intellectual space for faculty and students to interrogate issues in comparative race and ethnic studies, social and economic inequalities, public culture, and transnational history alongside gender, sexuality, class, and religion. 

Spring Quarter 2018

Wednesday May 23rd , 2018 || 5:30 PM ||  The Hagstrum Room

The Program in American Studies' graduating seniors presented the results of their yearlong research projects at our annual Senior Symposium. This year featured four presentations, showcasing a wide range of interdisciplinary work.
We’re utterly grateful to all the faculty who’ve taught our majors throughout the years and especially indebted to our colleagues in Gender and Sexuality Studies, History, Latina and Latino Studies, and Science and Human Cultures who served as advisors this year.



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