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Past Events

  March 18, 2013:
The Racial Formation in the Twenty-First Century Panel Discussion featured volume contributor Nikhil Pal Singh, and co-editors, Daniel Martinez HoSang and Oneka LaBennett.
December 13, 2012:
The 2012 Senior Seminar Theme was "The Country and the City," and the course was taught by Professors Maria Farland (English) and Steven Stoll (History).

December 13, 2011:
The 2011 Senior Seminar theme was "Food and Globalization," and the course was taught by
Professors Julie Kim (English) and Oneka LaBennett (African and African American Studies).
For more pictures and a full schedule of events click here.
September 15, 2011:
Food historian and digital scholar Gabriella M. Petrick spoke on "Food and the Sensory City: Using Digital History to Map Everyday Life in 20th-Century New York" at Fordham University's Bronx campus. Dr. Petrick's talk exploref the use of geographic information systems (GIS) for research on ethnic bakeries in urban contexts. For more on the talk, click here.
Print, Publics, and Culture - Senior Thesis Presentations 2010 December 14, 2010:
The 2010 Senior Seminar theme was Print, Publics, and Culture," and the course was taught by Professors Edward Cahill (English) and Amy Aronson (Communication and Media Studies). For more pictures and a full schedule of events click here.
Professor Alyshia Galvez delivers her talk, "Migrant Citizenship" October 27, 2010:
Alyshia Gálvez, a cultural anthropologist and Assistant Professor of Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies at Lehman College/City University of New York, author of Guadalupe in New York: Devotion and the Struggle for Citizenship Rights among Mexican Immigrants (NYU Press, 2010) gave the lecture, “Migrant Citizenship: How Mexican Immigrants in New York Articulate Rights in the Margins of Immigration Law.”
She also joined Professor Hendler’s “Approaches to American Studies” class along with her  course on immigration from Lehman. 
Bryan Waterman, "Coquetry and Correspondence in Revolutionary New England"

Sept. 21, 2010:
Bryan Waterman, Associate Professor of English at New York University, author of Republic of Intellect: The Friendly Club of New York City and the Making of American Literature (Johns Hopkins 2007), co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of New York, and blogger at Patell and Waterman’s History of New York, gave the lecture, “Coquetry and Correspondence in Revolutionary New England.” He also visited Professors Aronson and Cahill’s American Studies Senior Seminar on “Print, Publics, and Culture.” 

Carolina Salguero, "The Use and Abuse of American Studies"
September 16, 2009:
Carolina Salguero, founder and director of Portside New York, gave the lecture, "The Use and Abuse of American Studies," in which she discussed her path from a double-major in American Studies and Art at Yale to, first, a career in photojournalism (in which she covered the Romanian revolution, many of the first free elections in Eastern Europe, and 9/11 and its aftermath, which was hailed as the best body of work on the attacks by a single photographer) and then to the founding of the waterfront-themed non-profit organization Portside New York, a maritime hub and cultural space in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Salguero describes Portside New York as, "at heart, American Studies thinking applied to social change."

Senior Seminar 2009

Dec. 11, 2009:
The Senior Seminar this year had the theme “Race and Youth Culture.” The group was expertly guided by the seminar’s co-instructors, James Kim and Oneka LaBennett, through a set of readings on this theme, but students were free to write their theses on any topic they chose. The result was an extraordinary range of themes, ideas, and interdisciplinary research methods.

Benjamin Reiss, "Saneface Minstrelsy" April 1, 2009:
American Studies sponsored a lecture by Benjamin Reiss, Associate Professor of English at Emory University:  “Saneface Minstrelsy: Blacking Up in a Nineteenth-Century Insane Asylum,” drawn from Reiss’s recent work exploring the connections between early psychiatric institutions and cultural currents in the nineteenth century  in his book Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture.
"Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South"

March 3-4, 2009:
American Studies sponsored the appearances of performance studies scholar, oral historian, and performance artist E. Patrick Johnson.  On March 3 at CUNY’s Proshansky Auditorium, Johnson presented Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales, a one-person show in which Johnson embodies the stories of some of the men he interviewed for his book Sweet Tea: Black Gay Men of the South. Sweet Tea is based on conversations with more than 70 black gay men, ranging in age from 19 to 93, who were born, raised, and continue to live in the southern U.S.  Then on March 4 at Fordham’s Lincoln Center campus he presented "Going Home Ain't Always Easy: Southern (Dis)Comfort and the Politics of Queer Historiography" a lecture on the ethical conundrums of conducting oral history research and the politics of moving it from the page to the stage.

"The Diaspora Strikes Back" February 12, 2009:
As part of a Mellon Seminar co-organized with the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute, American Studies sponsored a discussion with Professor Juan Flores of NYU and CUNY on his book
The DiasporaStrikes Back: Caribbean Latino Tales of Learning and Turning.

2008 Senior Thesis Presentations

December 12, 2008:
American Studies seniors presented their senior theses.

Sean McCann, "Everybody is a Leader"
November 21, 2008:
American Studies sponsored a lecture by Sean McCann, Professor of English and American Studies at Wesleyan University and
author of A Pinnacle of Feeling: American Literature and Presidential Government and Gumshoe America: Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction and the Rise and Fall of New Deal Liberalism, which received honorable mention for the American Studies Association's John Hope Franklin Prize for the best book in American Studies  The lecture was titled "Everybody is a Leader": Thomas Pynchon, the New Left, and the High Tide of Presidential Government.”
New York Metro American Studies Association

November 8, 2008:
American Studies hosted the New York Metro American Studies Association‘s annual conference. Attended by over 100 scholars from the region and beyond, representing multiple disciplines (including anthropology, communications, literary studies, history, sociology) and interdisciplinary fields, this year’s conference was organized around the theme Circulations: Economies, Currencies, Movements in American Studies and culminated in a roundtable discussion featuring scholars from Fordham, CUNY, University of Maryland, and St. Johns. 

Philip Gourevitch at Fordham University September 25, 2008: Journalist, author, and editor Philip Gourevitch spoke at Fordham University.
2007 Senior Thesis Presentations December 2007: American Studies senior theses

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