American Studies

Book Chat with Margaretta Lovell: Painting the Inhabited Landscape – 10/4/23, 12-1 pm

Painting the Inhabited Landscape: Fitz H. Lane and the Global Reach of Antebellum America Margaretta Lovell Wednesday, Oct 4, 2023 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall The impulse in much nineteenth-century American painting and culture was to describe nature as a wilderness on which the young nation might freely inscribe its future: the United States as a virgin land, unploughed, unfenced, and unpainted. Insofar as it exhibited evidence of a past, its traces pointed to a geologic or cosmic past, not a human one. The work […]

American Studies Spring Conference, May 4, 2023 – Women’s Faculty Club

TWICE TOLD TALES Thursday, May 4, 2018 Women’s Faculty Club Lucy Ward Stebbins Lounge, UC Berkeley   10:00 AM  Coffee and Informal Welcome 10:40 Brandi Summers (Geography) / “Black City Futures” 11:20 Mark Brilliant (History) / “Gilded State: California and the Origins of America’s New Gilded Age, 1966-1983” (Excerpt) Noon-2:00 Break 2:00 PM Mary Ryan (History) / “Searching for Democracy along the Pacific Shore of North America between 1775 and 1848” 2:40 Alexander Craghead (American Studies) / “Railroads, Power, and Technological Stories in California” 3:20 Michael Cohen (American Studies) / […]

American Studies Senior Thesis Showcase: Wednesday May 3, 2023, 10 am – 3 pm 3335 Dwinelle

The American Studies Senior Thesis Showcase is a celebration of the fantastic research and writing conducted by UC Berkeley’s American Studies majors this year! The Showcase will feature short presentations from thirteen senior thesis students, as well as an afternoon Q&A roundtable with presenters. Join us to see a range of what’s possible in a thesis, learn more about the process, get advice, and most of all congratulate our American Studies majors and minors. Whether you are a major, a minor, an alumnus, or are just curious about the senior […]

American Studies Majors Win Haas and SURF Scholarships

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We are pleased to announce that….. Cassandra Branch is a new Haas Scholar. Her research project is “Silver Screen Sex Work: The Spectacular Mythology of ‘Prostitution’ in 1960s American Cinema.” Diana Choi is the Adam Z. Rice SURF recipient. Also, the following students will receive SURF support this summer for their research projects: Scott Underwood: “Black Roots of Bluegrass” Maddy Keo: “Dialogues of Courage: Personal Narratives and Problem-Posing Education” Marisela Tanori: “Halfway There: Housing and Reintegration of Formerly Incarcerated Individuals” Cat Stoehr: “The Dancer as Worker: Histories of Labor in […]

UC Berkeley professor Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers wins world-renowned Dan David Prize

Excerpted from The Berkeleyan, 3/21/23   Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, UC Berkeley’s Chancellor’s Professor of History, recently won the prestigious Dan David Prize for her research that focuses on women and slavery. This global recognition for outstanding work in the study of the human past is given annually to up to nine recipients and recognizes emerging scholars whose work “illuminates the past in bold and creative ways.” “Our winners represent a new generation of historians,” said Ariel David, a Dan David Prize board member. “They are changing our understanding of the past by […]

Elisa Tamarkin Wins 2023 Distinguished Teaching Award – Berkeleyan Article/Ceremony on April 26, 2023

Please see news 3/20/23 article in The Berkeleyan.    The Academic Senate’s Committee on Teaching cordially invites you to the 63rd Annual Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA), a ceremony and reception to honor five faculty recognized this year for their inspiring and transformational teaching. Wednesday, April 26, 2023 Ceremony 5-6:30 p.m. followed by an open reception Sibley Auditorium, Bechtel Engineering Center Recognizing: Laleh Behbehanian, Sociology Abigail De Kosnik, Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies Daniel Hoffmann, French Joshua Hug, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences Elisa Tamarkin, English The extraordinary expertise, curiosity, inclusiveness, […]

NEW Online/ Asynchronous American Studies Courses in Summer 2023

In Summer 2023, for the first time, we will offer two American Studies online/asynchronous courses: American Studies 10 – New Orleans Culture — and American Studies 101 — Harlem Renaissance. Both are offered during Session D.  For more information and registration instructions, please see    American Studies 10: New Orleans Culture Instructor: Bryan Wagner Units: 4 Class #15461 This course introduces the art, music, literature, politics, religion, and folklore that define the city of New Orleans. Students will read and discuss important books about the city; investigate primary sources […]