Welcome back! We have been enjoying a period of expansion and deepening community in AMCS, and we are eager to share some of the developments as we head into the fall semester.
First, let me extend a warm welcome to the newest members of the AMCS community, including our new Director of Graduate Studies, Peter Benson of Anthropology; our new Post-Doctoral Fellow in Inequality and Identity, Jasmine Mahmoud; our new Harvey Graduate Fellow, Daniel Fister (Music); our new Ph.D. Certificate Student, Steven Tran-Creque (Anthropology); and our new Harvey Undergraduate Scholars, Itzel Lopez-Hinojosa, Taylor Ohman, and Natalie Kirchhoff, who will join returning scholars Charlotte Jones and Billie Mandlebaum.
The RPM (Race and Popular Music) Initiative announces its visiting scholar for Fall 2016: Timothy Rommen, Professor of Music and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Focusing specifically on the historical trajectories of popular music emanating from the Commonwealth of Dominica starting in the 1970s (cadencelypso and bouyon), this paper develops an inquiry into what I call creole audibility. Creole audibility wrestles with the simultaneous and somewhat paradoxical audibility (within other genres) and inaudibility (as discreet genres) of these creole sounds within and without the Caribbean. I argue that the linguistic, processual, and identitarian uses of the "creole" so thoroughly integrated into analyses of Caribbean social and cultural contexts are inadequate to the Dominican scene and, by extension, to the contemporary moment throughout the region.
DUC 278, Goldberg Formal Lounge, 5:30pm-7:00pm, September 13th
Please join us at our annual Welcome Back Fall Reception... where heavy appetizers, spirits, and lively conversation will be provided. Formal Remarks and Introductions at 6:00 p.m. Open to AMCS faculty, graduate students, and staff.
McMillan Courtyard, 3:00pm-5:00pm, August 26
Incoming freshmen, transfer students and their families are invited to join faculty and staff for an open house information session about the American Culture Studies program.
Light refreshments will be served.
Clarissa Hayward, Associate Professor of Political Science, steps down from her role as AMCS Director of Graduate Studies this spring, completing her three year term. In addition to her superb mentorship of an expanding group of Harvey Fellows/Graduate Certificate Students, Clarissa has provided crucial leadership in a variety of AMCS initiatives, courses, and activities...
Jasmine Mahmoud will be receiving her Ph.D. from the Department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University in June. Her research and teaching interests center on aesthetics, race, and urbanism. Her dissertation "Avant-Garde Frontiers in the Austere City: Political Economies of Artistic Placemaking in the Post-Millennial United States" examines the trend of fringe, experimental theater...
AMCS is delighted to announce the winner of the 2016 writing is rising senior and AMCS Harvey Scholar, Billie Mandelbaum, for her paper, To Contain and Secede: The Making of Missouri's First All-Black City.
American Culture Studies celebrates the accomplishments of its current postdocs, Douglas Flowe, AMCS Postdoctoral Fellow in Inequality and Identity, and Claire McKinney, AMCS Postdoctoral Fellow in Family and Intimate Relations!
Dr. L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy's lecture explores the relationship between modern day residential segregation and school resegregation. Should integration be the normative ideal? What complicates that picture?
Regsitration is just around the corner and we've the best resource for planning your fall semster on our course listing page. Preview great courses from AMCS and from partner departments across campus.
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This lecture compares the methodological impulses of art history and design history in order to interrogate how race is understood in each. The lecture focuses on the specific case of two contemporaneous types of abstraction that are typically segregated in the scholarly literature: in the late 1940s and 1950s in the United States, abstract forms occupied the heart of avant-garde artistic practice in both painting and design. Painters as varied as Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, and Norman Lewis created expressive, abstract canvases, while designers for the Herman Miller Furniture Company - including George Nelson, Charles and Ray Eames, and Isamu Noguchi - developed furniture out of abstract geometric forms. Building on art historical scholarship by Ann Eden Gibson, Michael Leja, and others, Professor Wilson will propose that the alleged universality of mid-century abstract design can be understood to be invested in the construction of racial identity.
The American Intimacies Program will host a roundtable discussion to explore how disability transforms our thinking about intimate relationships. Disability in public often produces "inappropriate" intimacies, including uninvited questions and stares. Disability in private can heighten the vulnerability of intimate practices, while also expanding the meanings of sexuality, kinship, and carework.
Manhattan has been at the center of American popular culture for more than a century. At the center of Manhattan sits Times Square, an entertainment district located at the primary intersection of New York City's subway system and centered on a cluster of theatres, virtually all built before the stock market crash of 1929. This group of buildings - known together as Broadway theatres - make up a singularly enduring element of the architectural fabric of American popular culture.
The Program in American Culture Studies at Washington University (AMCS) invites applications for our Postdoctoral Fellowship in Inequality and Identity position, renewable annually for up to two years contingent upon satisfactory performance; expected start date is July 1, 2016.
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September 24, 2015 - 630pm
West Campus, Conference Room A/B
Our first Americanist Dinner Forum of the academic year features Odis Johnson, Associate Professor of Education and Sociology, Laurie Maffly-Kipp, Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor, John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, and Jason Purnell, Assistant Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work on the question, Ferguson One Year Later: What Have We Learned?
September 9, 2015 - 5:30pm
Goldberg Formal Lounge, DUC
Please join us at our annual Welcome Back Fall Reception, where heavy appetizers, spirits, and lively conversation will be provided. Formal Remarks and Introductions at 6:00 p.m. Open to AMCS Faculty, Graduate Students, and Staff.
It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the long-anticipated launch of amcs.wustl, our new site for cross-disciplinary exchange and collaboration. Developed to support the many needs of the growing AMCS community, it is intended to house richly varied program content, including profiles of faculty research and teaching, podcasts, events and program archives, course-related digital resources (including projects by our undergraduate students and our Masters Program candidates), and on-line exhibit curation and other content associated with Faculty Program Initiatives.
Photographer and St. Louis native Adrian O. Walker came to campus as the featured artist in our panel discussion, Photography as a Medium of Change: Practice, Politics, and History, in late April, 2015. While on campus Mr. Walker kindly agreed to an interview with Matthew Fox-Amato, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Modeling Interdisciplinary Inquiry Program, on chronicling the Ferguson protests as a citizen artist, the beauty of urban decay when examined and inscripted by the artists of graffiti and photography, and his imperative that his camera is "a tool, not a weapon."
For nine days after Michael Brown's death, the Ferguson QuikTrip on West Florissant Avenue served as an unlikely public square -- what one graffiti tag declared the "QT People's Park" ("Liberated 8-10-14"). "It's all we have," an early protest organizer declared. Yet its brief political life has ended, and it may now disappear from public memory altogether.
May 13, 2015 - 7:30pm
Emerson Auditorium, Bauer Hall
The University College Recognition Ceremony takes place the Wednesday before the University-wide Commencement. At the Recognition Ceremony, each graduating University College student will be recognized by name and have his or her photo taken. A reception will follow in the Bauer Hall foyer, adjacent to Emerson Auditorium. Family and guests are welcome. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
April 23-25, 2015
(Un)Civil Mediations: A Civil Rights and Visual Culture Symposium. The symposium focuses on the visual culture of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, exploring it from two perspectives: how visual representation became a crucial component of the legal and political struggle for civil rights and also how visual culture was itself transformed through engagement with this social movement.
A Law, Identity and Culture Initiative in the School of Law event, co-sponsored by American Cultural Studies and African and African-American Studies programs, the Department of Art History and Archaeology, and the Center for the Humanities in Arts and Sciences; the Office of the Provost Diversity and Inclusion Grant; Washington University Libraries; and the Missouri History Museum.
Please join us for the Annual American Culture Studies Barbecue! All AMCS Faculty, Staff, and Students are invited. Celebrate with us as we reflect on another great year in American Culture Studies.
Our colloquium is held the afternoon of the broader undergraduate research symposium hosted by the Arts & Sciences Office of Undergraduate Research, and features AMCS students presenting on their Capstone and Honors Thesis projects. It is also a companion event to our fall colloquium. We invite all our community members--and those interested in learning about the extraordinary and creative research projects our majors are completing--to be part of the event.
What are the politics of representing the black subject and the black community in photography? What moral obligations do photographers confront when photographing civil rights struggles--to the community? to presenting multiple viewpoints? to creating an archive for the local community, in its effort to know and preserve its stories for future generations?
Advising season is just around the corner and our online course listing page has been updated for the new semester. Plan your schedule with helful features that allow you to find courses by concentration area, fieldwork, and multi-disciplinary designation.
As a part of the Modern Segregation Program Initiative, Danielle Allen, UPS Foundation Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study gave a talk on the theme of "Modern Segregation and the City," hosted by American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. This video is of the following Q&A discussion.
As a part of the Modern Segregation Program Initiative, Linda Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy at City University of New York, gave a talk on the theme of "Modern Segregation: Segregated Pleasures and the Comforts of Homogeneity," hosted by American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.
In September 2014, Michael Omi, Associate Professor in the Ethnic Studies Department at UC Berkley, was the featured speaker for the Modern Segregation event, Racial Classification and the Instability of of Race. Prior to the event, Professor Omi spoke with Jeffrey McCune, Associate Professor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Performing Arts Department, for an engaging conversation about race and racial classification, structural racisim, the problematic discourse of a 'post-racial' society, and the possibility for vigorous, cross-disciplinary conversations about race in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences.
Join us Monday, December 8th in DUC 234 for presentations from students completing their Capstone Projects.
As a part of the American Culture Studies' Modern Segregation Program Initiative, Heather Ann Thompson, Associate Professor of History and African and African American Studies at Temple University, and Koritha MItchell, Associate Professor of English, Ohio State University will each a presentation on the theme of "Modern Segregation: Identity, Place and Violence." This is the first of four parts, Introductions, with remarks from AMCS Director and Professor of History, Iver Bernstein, followed by Assistant Professor of History, Sowande' Mustakeem.
As a part of the American Culture Studies' Modern Segregation Program Initiative, Michael Omi, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at University of California, Berkeley, presents a lecture titled, "Racial Classification and the Instability of Race." This is the second of six parts, "On the Problematic Definition of Race in a "Post-Racial" Society."
The American Culture Studies Program at Washington University (AMCS) has launched a three-to-five year faculty program initiative on Modern Segregation designed to provide opportunities for collaborative engagement for faculty and students. What are the structures that define Modern Segregation and how are they maintained in the so-called "post-race" era? These questions, already pressing, have taken on an intense urgency in the context of the Ferguson, Missouri crisis and struggles.
Ignacio Sanchez Prado, Betsy Sinclair, Mark Valeri
West Campus, Conference Room A/B @ 6:30pm
McMillan 219 @ 4:30pm