Announcements

AMERICAN STUDIES SPRING 2017 CONFERENCE
Twice-Told Tales
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Women's Faculty Club

9:30 am Leigh Raiford - Beyond Memory: Abstraction, Black Life, and the Unmaking of Whiteness

10:10 am Shannon Steen - Choking on Apple: Creative Labor in the TransPacific Tech World

10:50 am Lauren Kroiz - Horace Pippin: Burnt Wood

11:30 am Andy Shanken - FTM(TF): Allegories of the Body Electric

BREAK

2:00 pm David Henkin - Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?: Calendars and Rhythms in Nineteenth-Century America

2:40 pm Michael Cohen - Thomas Pynchon's Paranoid California

3:20 pm Beth Piatote - Shades of Darkness: Carceral States in Native America

4:00 pm WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION

SUMMER 2017 Course: American Studies 101AC: The Business of American Popular Culture: Race, Ethnicity and the Birth of Consumer Society

Session A - 5/22-6/30/17 MTW 2-5, 141 McCone; Instructos: Kathleen Moran and Michael Cohen 

This is a course about the way that forms of American popular culture (dime novels, spectacles, fairs, amusement parks, vaudeville, popular music, cinema) were foundational to the growth and development of consumer society. Our course will focus on the overlapping histories of African American, Native American and White (mainly working class) communities as they were represented in popular culture and used in the creation of consumer advertising and the language of persuasion. We will also discuss how people in these communities themselves produced popular culture.  The course will be divided into four parts that overlap historically to build a picture of the way that regimes of representation and the practices of entertainment transformed popular culture into market commodities at the turn of the 20th century.

THIS COURSE FULFILLS THE AMERICAN STUDIES “TIME” REQUIReMENT AND THE PRE-1900 REQUIREMENT FOR AMERICAN STUDIES MAJORS.  IT ALSO FULFILL THE UNIVERSITY’S AMERICAN CULTURES REQUIREMENT.