Welcome back. The arrival of armed white supremacists at the university and in Charlottesville on August 11th and 12th, and of the KKK earlier in the summer, is shaping all of our experiences of return. As director of American Studies I want to say that all of our doors are open to you to process the difficulties of this moment.
Professor Camilla Fojas has been named Co-Director of the Global South Lab, which is affiliated with the Institute of the Humanities and Global Cultures (IHGC) at UVA. Prof. Fojas has a joint Mellon Foundation appointment with the American Studies Program and the Department of Media Studies. Her research explores transnational Asian, Pacific, and Latinx American cultural and media studies in a comparative imperial context.
Three American Studies majors were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa on April 30. Congratulations to Erin Falk, Olive Lee, and Emily Lesmes. What a huge honor! Only about 10% of the nation's colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and only about 10% of the Arts & Sciences graduates of those institutions are considered for membership, making the society one of the most selective in the nation. PBK is a lifetime membership.
Emily Lesmes, Erin Falk, and Olive Lee:
David Singerman, Visiting Scholar of American Studies and the Americas Center/Centro de las Américas, will deliver a public lecture on Friday, May 5 at 2:00p.m. The talk, "'En la producción auzcarera todo está metrificado': Sugar, Knowledge, and The History of Capitalism," will be held at the Center for Global Inquiry and Innovation, Hotel A. Reception to follow.
The students in Professor Lisa Goff's Hands-On Public History course organized an exhibit commemorating the lives of those buried in Charlottesville's Daughters of Zion Cemetery. The event, "Gone But Not Forgotten: Exploring Charlottesville's African-American History at Daughters of Zion Cemetery," was held on April 19 at the Special Collections Library's Harrison-Small Auditorium. The exhibit was curated by the students in Hands-On Public History, in conjunction with the Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery.
Dan-el Padilla Peralta, author of Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League, will discuss his work on April 9, from 6-8pm at 1 West Range, Hotel A.
Jack Hamilton spoke to C-Ville Weekly about his recent book, Just Around Midnight: Rock and Roll and the Racial Imagination. Read the full article here. Hamilton will discuss his work at the Virginia Festival of the Book event "Reading Under the Influence" on Friday, March 24, at 9:30pm at the Ante Room; following the talk, Robin Tomlin of Grits and Gravy will play a live deejay set.
This Thursday, March 23, American Studies Professor Lisa Goff will take part in a panel discussion on race and class in America at the Virginia Festival of the Book. The panel will offer perspectives from fiction, policy and politics, and history, and encourage thoughtful dialogue on these topics within our community. 4:00-5:30pm, UVA Harrison Institute / Small Special Collections (UVA Central Grounds, 160 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville).
News & Announcements
May 24, 2019
The American Studies Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Kasey Jernigan to our faculty. Dr. Jernigan will be starting as an Assistant Professor of American Studies and Anthropology, with a joint... Read»
May 20, 2019
Congratulations to the American Studies majors who graduated with the class of 2019! Saturday's graduates represent one of our biggest classes yet. We wish you all success in your future endeavors... Read»
February 27, 2019
Frances Aparicio, Professor Emerita of Spanish and Portuguese at Northwestern University, will join UVA AMST professors Camilla Fojas and Carmen Lamas in a roundtable discussion on the Past,... Read»