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“American Studies offers the promise of a sustained education in what it is to live in this twenty-first century American world ⎯⎯ in a polyglot, heterogeneous, racially divided, corporate dominated, politically emaciated but culturally rich and constitutionally complex, pluralistic but highly unequal world. Knowledge about this world, this country, and about how it came to be historically and about how diverse and varied peoples make their lives in this world and call it America…depends on open conversations that are alternately serious, playful, fun, and painful.”

⎯⎯ Hendrik A. Hartog

News & Events

Intersecting ideas: Cultural studies postdoctoral fellows bring new courses to campus

Interview with PAW - Q&A: Hendrik Hartog and Anne Cheng ’85: Looking for America

Henry Yu, the Stanley Kelley, Jr. Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching in Asian American Studies  will give a talk on Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 4:30.

President Eisgruber and Dean Dolan have responded to the report of the Task Force on American Studies.  Read the response here.

Legendary X-men comics series writer Chris Claremont delivered a talk on November 7th. For video of the talk, please click here.

Artist Deborah Kass delivered Lapidus Lecture in American Jewish Studies November 14th.

Anschutz Distinguished Fellow Richard Preston presented "The Hidden Worlds of Narrative Nonfiction" December 1st.

Video link to past event with Viet Thanh NguyenOn Remembering Others: Vietnam and the Memory of War