Reflecting Forward: 60 Years of American Studies at KU

September 23-27, 2013

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Monday, September 23

11:30 am - Lunch and Learn - Screening of Outlawing Shakespeare, a 40 minute documentary about the banning of a Tuscon ethnic studies course. Introduced and moderated by American Studies Associate Professor Ben Chappell and Assistant Professor Ruben Flores. Light lunch provided. Centennial Room, Kansas Union. Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish & Portuguese

7:00 pm - Screening of clips from the forthcoming documentary Oscar's Comeback, followed by a conversation with filmmaker Lisa Collins moderated by American Studies Professor Sherrie Tucker and Assistant Professor Tanya Hart with special guest Kevin Willmott. Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union. Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Department of Geography.

Tuesday, September 24

5:00 pm - Dinner honoring emeritus faculty (invitation only), Maceli's, 1031 New Hampshire Street.

7:00 pm - Keynote Address: Emancipation from Below: The Jubilee Slaves Made and Freedom for All by David Roediger. Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union. Co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Immediately following the Keynote Address, please join us for a reception in the Traditions Area of the Kansas Union, featuring live music by Slow Ya Roll.

Wednesday, September 25

11:30 am - Lunch and Learn New Ideas, New Realities, and Renewed Purpose:  The Future of American Studies? A Conversation about the Meaning and Future of American Studies with AMS Professor Cheryl Lester, emeritus faculty David Katzman and Bill Tuttle, Langston Hughes Visiting Professor Matthew Pettway, and Bielefeld University Professor Wilfried Raussert, Executive Director of the International Association of Inter-American Studies. Moderated by AMS Chair Henry Bial. Light lunch provided. Courtside Room, Burge Union.

7:00 pm - Test screening of Jayhawkers with filmmaker Kevin Wilmott (invitation only). Introduced by AMS Professor Clarence Lang. Co-sponsored by the Department of Film & Media Studies.

Thursday, September 26 

Events on this day support the KU Common Book, The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

11:30 am - Lunch and Learn - screening of Surviving The Dust Bowl53-minute documentary. Discussion moderated by AMS doctoral students Geoffrey Newman and Carla Tilghman. Light lunch provided. Centennial Room, Kansas Union. Co-sponsored by the Office of First Year Experience.

5:30 pm - Narrating Entangled Americas: Transnational Memory in Edwidge Danticat's Brother I'm Dying, a lecture by Bielefeld University Professor Wilfried Raussert, Executive Director of the International Association of Inter-American Studies. Sponsored by the Department of English. Location To Be Announced.

7:30 pm - An Evening with Author Timothy Egan. The Lied Center. Sponsored by the Office of First Year Experience.

Friday, September 27

10:00 am - Jazz Artists through Oral History: Coffee and Conversation with Maxine Gordon. Moderated by Associate Librarian for the Center for Faculty/Staff Initiatives and Engagement Tami Albin. Co-sponsored by the KU Libraries Center for Faculty/Staff Initiatives and Engagement. Refreshments served. Watson Library, Room 455.

11:30 am - Lunch and Learn - Screening of Training Rules, a documentary about homophobia in women's collegiate sports. Discussion moderated by AMS alumna and Visiting Assistant Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Rachel Vaughn, with panelists Steve Marston and Megan Lease. Light lunch provided. Malott Room, KS Union. Co-sponsored by the Department of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies and the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center.

7:00 pm - Screening of Round Midnight, a drama starring jazz legend Dexter Gordon, followed by a conversation with Maxine Gordon, who was on the set with her late husband. Featuring Theatre Professor Nicole Hodges Persley and Film & Media Studies Professor Chuck Berg.​ Alderson Auditorium, Kansas Union. Co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre's production of The Adding Machine: A Musical opening November 15.​

  • Dr. Gamze Kati Gumus defended her dissertation with honors on May 10, 2018. Congratulations, Dr. Kati Gumus!
  • KU-AUMI InterArts was recently featured by the Commons in a video on improving inclusive communities at KU. You can watch the video, which features our own Sherrie Tucker amongst other founders of the movement at KU, and learn more about AUMI here!
  • Congratulations to Professor Robert Warrior on being elected to a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • This articlewritten by Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bailey, was published in the latest edition of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Congratulations, Hannah!
  • We would like to recognize Patrick Sumner, 2005 alumni, for his work in this article about the defacement of the John Brown memorial in the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Burrow-Branine for successfully defending his dissertation with honors January 25, 2018.
  • Please read this article about Professor Robert Warrior titled: Native scholar uncomfortably at home in American studies field.
  • Congratulations to Daniel Carey-Whalen, an alumni that was recently promoted as UTEP's Centennial Museum director.
  • Congratulations to Josh Parshall, an alumni who was recently featured in this article.
  • Congratulations to Christopher Perreira for receiving the National Academies Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center for 2017-2018.
  • How a motion-tracking musical software is breaking down barriers for people with disabilities: click here to read more about the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a one-of-a-kind piece of inclusive technology that promotes musical improvisation. The article recognizes Professor Sherrie Tucker, who started AUMI jam sessions and helped to bring the grant and symposium for it to Lawrence. Written by Omar Sanchez
  • Ph.D. candidate, Rachel Schwallerhas been awarded the Hall Center's Sias Fellowship for Spring 2018.  Congratulations, Rachel!
  • KU Special Education Department: With Ray Pence
  • Tribute Or Tribulation? How do we commemorate history? What is the best way to remember a conflicted and painful past? And who gets to decide? Listen here »
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