The American Studies Program at Barnard invites you to be part of a two-day conference and conversation about American culture and society. Help us to commemorate the history of the program at Barnard College and to analyze important issues in American Studies today.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8th, 4-5:30pm
Welcome to the conference: Kathryn A. Johnson, Director of American Studies, Barnard College
Opening remarks: Judith Shapiro, President of Barnard College
Keynote address: Linda Kerber, May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts and Professor of History at the Univeristy of Iowa
“Angles of Vision: What American Studies Has Been; What American Studies Might Be.”
RECEPTION TO FOLLOW, with a special celebration of Elspeth Davies Rostow, (BC ‘38), one of the founders of the American Studies program at Barnard College in 1939.
The keynote address and the reception will take place in the James Room, 4th floor, Barnard Hall, located at Broadway and 117th Street on the Barnard campus.
On Saturday, Oct. 9th, coffee and conference registration starts at 9am in the James Room. All panels will take place in Barnard Hall.
The first session, with three roundtable discussions, will take place from 10-11:30am.
“Feminist Politics, Feminist Culture: Past, Present, Future”
Panelists: Elizabeth Clement, University of Utah, Lisa Duggan, New York University, Nowile Rooks, Princeton University, and Rosalind Rosenberg, Barnard College
“Urban Spaces: City Streets and Publics Places”
Panelists: Elizabeth Blackmar, Columbia University, Max Page, Yale University, Ann Pelligrini, Barnard College, and J. Terry Todd, Drew University
“A World (WideWeb) of Possibility? American Studies Goes On-line”
Panelists: Luis Figueroa, Trinity College, Lisa Gordis, Barnard College, Robert McCaughey, Barnard College, Ivy Schweitzer, Dartmouth College, and Thomas Thurston, Yale University
LUNCH, the James Room, 4th Floor, Barnard Hall, noon-1:15
The second session, again with three roundtable discussions, will take place from 1:30-3:00pm.
“Constructing Identity: Politics and Cultural Representations”
Panelists: Kristin Carter-Sanborn, Williams College, Liam Riordan, University of Maine, Tricia Rose, New York University, and Priscilla Wald, University of Washington
“Whither Perry Miller? Is there a Canon in American Studies”
Panelists: Andrew DelBanco, Columbia University, Lisa Gordis, Barnard College, Teresa Anne Murphy, George Washington University, Cyrus R. K. Patel, New York University, and Howard Wach, CUNY - Bronx Community College
“Blaming Culture: The Power of Popular Culture in American Society”
Panelists: Rachel Adams, Columbia University, William Gleason, Princeton University, Eileen McNamara, _The Boston Globe_, Claire Potter, Wesleyan University, and Riv-Ellen Prell, University of Minnesota
The conference concludes with a final plenary roundtable discussion from 3:30-5pm.
“Inventing America: Civic Imagination and Public Culture”
Panelists: Joyce Antler, Brandeis University, Casey Nelson Blake, Columbia University, Eric Foner, Columbia University, and Linda Kerber, University of Iowa
Registration for the conference is $20 in advance ($10 for students with ID); $25 on the day of the conference. Lunch is $15 and available only by pre-registration.
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