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.​


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