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American Studies

As an American studies concentrator, you take a holistic, interdisciplinary look at American culture, examining race, gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, religion, and political culture in a historical, intellectual, and social context. In addition to required courses and a mentored advanced project, you can choose from an extensive course list in the humanities and social studies. American Studies can equip you for graduate work and careers in law, library work, museology, research, teaching, politics, journalism, publishing, and more. 

News

Scholar to Discuss Women’s Response to White Supremacy, Fascism

Valerie Ann Johnson, who holds a faculty chair and directs Africana Women’s Studies at Bennett College in North Carolina, will give a lecture about how women respond to white supremacy and fascism at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, in Room 152 of the Bucksbaum Center for the Arts.
Katya Gibel Mevorach

Katya Gibel Mevorach on Jews, Intersectionality, and Contemporary Anti-Semitism

On April 19, 2018, Professor Katya Gibel Mevorach, anthropology and American studies, gave a talk at the College of the Holy Cross. Her talk explored Jewish and intersectional identities and laid a historical context for the new anti-Semitism. She argues that “‘bloodless racism’ comprises acts of erasure or omission such as writing Jews out of the histories of the Middle East, the birthplace of Jews as a people before their expulsion into a global diaspora. Jewish socio-political and cultural histories embody multiculturalism, a recognition which disrupts the misnomer ‘Judeo-Christian,’ and discredits vacuous linkages of Jewishness with the triad ‘white, western, colonialism’ as well as the egregious analogy of Zionism and Racism. I think it is an intellectual imperative to be intentionally attentive to the Arab Jewish presence in pre-Islamic and the Arab Muslim world alongside the experience of Jews in Europe.”

"Riding" the Underground Railroad Panel Discussion

4:15 pm, Tuesday, May 1, Burling Library Lounge

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