Program in American Studies

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American studies offers the promise of a sustained education in what it is to live in this 21st-century American world. Knowledge about this world, this country, about how diverse and varied peoples make their lives in it and call it America, depends on open conversations that are alternately serious, playful, fun, and painful.

– Hendrik A. Hartog, Class of 1921 Bicentennial Professor in the History of American Law and Liberty, Emeritus

Jia Tolentino and Yiyun Li. From a video by Dan Elghossain
Yiyun Li, Jia Tolentino explore instinct, motivation through story, essay
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Photo of Col(LAB) 2.0 participants in a lab session in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment on October 16, 2019. Photo by Sarah Malone
Col(Lab) 2.0 connects beauty, race, war in hands-on sessions
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