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Spring 2019 American Studies Events at The Graduate Center, CUNY

Mark your calendars!

These upcoming Spring 2019 American Studies related events at the CUNY Graduate Center. Events are co-sponsored by different groups — further details posted soon:

The Undercommons Writing Group
First meetings February 7, 2019: 12pm – 2pm in room 5409 & 4pm – 6pm in room 5489.

Weekly meetings to follow, 12pm – 2pm, on 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25, 5/2, 5/9, 5/16, 5/30. Student organized writing group meetings. Co-sponsored by the Twentieth Century Area Studies Group.

March 12th, 2019, 6:30 pm, Segal Theatre — Professor Jodi Melamed (Marquette University), “Ordinary Violence: on Democratic Governance and Racial Capitalism,” Sponsored by The American Studies Certificate Program.

March 23rd, 2019, 4pm-6pm, room 4406 — “Refusing Institutional Whiteness: Possibilities, Alternatives, and Beyond.” Interdisciplinary panel proposed and organized by English program student. Whiteness continues to be a crucial problem in our English department —both in terms of faculty representation and student demographics (and retention). In response to this issue and by recommendation of the student and faculty Diversity Committee, “Refusing Institutional Whiteness” draws together a group of scholars and thinkers in a range of disciplines in order to help us imagine, discuss, and produce new ways of resisting whiteness and envisioning alternatives in institution settings —whether that be through refusal, protest, dissent, or new types of social, artistic, and methodological existence. As a result of this gathering we hope to collectively gain new perspectives, generate conversations around institutional whiteness, and move towards further reflexivity and change.

April 5th, 2019, 2pm-4pm, room 4406 — “Women in Comics: The State of Scholarship.” Panel discussion on A Place Inside Yourself: The Comics of Julie Doucet and Gabrielle Bell, a collection of essays co-edited by English Program alum. Panel features current and former students and draws on the panelists’ experience working on this collection and other projects. Panel conversation will address issues of gender and representation in graphic narratives, practices of researching and writing on women in comics, and the editorial and publication processes in both academic and non-academic contexts.

April 11th-12th, 2019 — Black Lives (English Student Association Conference) with keynote speakers Michelle Wright (Emory University) and Rafael Walker (Baruch College). Student organized conference — see website for more information.

May 3rd, 2019, 2pm, room tba — “Remaking Reality” with Joseph Entin and Alex Juhasz (Brooklyn College) on U.S. documentary culture in the post-WWII era. Sponsored by The American Studies Certificate Program.

May 10th, 2019 — Power and Democracy in Early America (CUNY Early American Research Seminar Conference) with keynote speaker Andrew Shankman (Rutgers University). Student organized conference — see website for more information.

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