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Past Program Events

2/19/20:    Professional Development Panel w/alumni & Dr. Yuri Doolan
1/29/20:    CARE/Title IX Workshop
8/21/19:    BCC Boiler Fest @ BCC (AMST hosted table)
8/19/19:    Welcome Back Reception

4/12/19:   Awards Banquet
3/18/19:   Journal Club
2/4/19:     Journal Club
12/4/18:   Journal Club
10/15/18: Journal Club
9/19/18:   Tarana Burke: co-sponsored with LGBTQ Center
9/12/18:   Cherríe Moraga: co-sponsored with LCC
9/11/18:   LGBTQ Center's Rainbow Callout (AMST hosted table)
8/23/18:   BCC Boiler Fest @ BCC (AMST hosted table)
8/20/18:   Welcome Back Reception

4/28/18:   Awards Banquet
3/5/18:    Zinn Celebration - David Detmer (Purdue Northwest)
9/13/17:  LGBTQ Center's Rainbow Callout (AMST hosted table)
9/7/17:    Experience Liberal Arts Fair
8/21/17:  Welcome Back Reception
4/30/17:  Annual Graduate Symposium

4/29/17:  Annual Awards Banquet
4/29/17:  Annual Graduate Symposium
9/14/16:  LGBTQ Center's Rainbow Callout (AMST hosted table)
8/29/16:  Welcome Back Reception
8/25/16:  BCC Boiler Fest @ BCC (AMST hosted table)

4/23/16:   Annual Awards Banquet
4/23/16:   Annual Graduate Symposium
4/16/16:   Spring Fest
1/28/16:   American Studies Day
12/8/15:   Graduate Symposium
10/22/15: Global Food: Local Perspectives
8/31/15:  Welcome Back Reception
8/21/15:  Program Retreat

4/25/15:  Welcome Back Reception
4/24/15:  50th Anniversary Celebration
4/6-4/8/15:  External Review

11/14/13:   American Studies Brown Bag Making the Most of Your Plan of Study
11/7/13:    Diversity Cafe Film Screening Howl
10/24/13:  American Studies ASGSO Town Hall Meeting
10/23/13:  Diversity Cafe Green Week Film Screening with the Native American Educational & Cultural Center Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action
10/10/13:  American Studies Brown Bag Purdue Libraries & the American Studies Library
10/2/13:    American Studies Fall Book Sale
10/1/13:    American Studies Fall Book Sale
9/17/13:    Diversity Cafe Film Screening: Howard Zinn's The People Speak
9/12/13:    American Studies Brown Bag Teaching Assistantships & Fellowships


11/11/11:  ASGSO Brown Bag: Preparing for Prelim Exams
10/14/11: ASGSO Brown Bag: Creating an AMST 201 Proposal
9/28/11:   ASGSO Book Sale
9/9/11:     ASGSO Brown Bag: Surviving Graduate School
9/2/11:     ASGSO Welcome Mixer


10/15/09:  Tera Hunter: Until Death or Distance Do You Part': Marriage and Slavery in the Nineteenth Century
10/15/09:  Tera Hunter: Graduate Student Forum on Research Methods in Race, Gender, and Class featuring Tera Hunter
9/17/09:    Marilyn Fischer: Interpreting a Murder with Addams and Mead

2008 International Conference:
9/11-9/14. 2008
"American Studies and Imperial Designs: New Scholarship and Perspectives on the U.S. in the World"
Keynote Speaker: 
Professor Amy Kaplan, University of Pennsylvania 
Professor Kaplan's work has been fundamental in moving forward discussion of Empire and Imperialism in American Studies. She has produced two books on this subject: The Anarchy of Empire in the Making of U.S. Culture (Harvard 2005) and co-edited, with Donald Pease, the influential volume Cultures of United States Imperialism (Duke UP, 1993).
Full Conference Program


2004 - 40th Anniversary Celebration
In 2004, the Program in American Studies at Purdue University celebrated its 40th anniversary! In honor of that landmark and in order to reflect on the achievements of students who have graduated from the program and who are currently enrolled, the American Studies Program hosted a three-day symposium on March 25-27, 2004. The theme of this symposium was "Looking Forward," to acknowledge Purdue's commitment to innovative interdisciplinary study and to consider new directions in the field of American Studies.
Keynote speakers included Julie Ellison, University of Michigan and Eric Lott, University of Virginia.

Photo Gallery of the 40th Anniversary Celebration


40th Anniversary Symposium Program


Past Spring Lecture Series:

Spring 2009 Lecture Series
Fall 2008 Lecture Series 
2008 Spring Lecture Series 
2007 Fall Professional Development Series 
2007 Spring Lecture Series 
2006 Fall Lecture Series 
2006 Spring Lecture, Colloquia and Workshop Series 
2005 Fall Lecture and Colloquia Series

Past ASGSO Events


  • 11/20/19     ASGSO Table Talk - Jolivette Anderson-Douoning, PhD Candidate: In Goldleana's Hand: Writing Black Mothers Into Their "Place" in the Cultural History of the Hollywood Neighborhood of Shreveport, Louisiana in 1950
  • 11/8/19      ASGSO Table Talk - Joseph Morrison, PhD Student: Reclaiming 'Pepe the Frog': Towards a Transnational Reframing of Racialized Digital Artifacts. 
  • 10/28/19   ASGSO Scholar-Activism Brown Bag  
  • 10/25/19   ASGSO Paint & Pottery
  • 10/21/19   ASGSO Table Talk - Paula Ashe, PhD Candidate: The Sister Cyborg Project: Black Feminist Activism in the Digital Age. 
  • 9/30/19      ASGSO Table Talk - Megan Williams, PhD Candidate: Vibrational Reprieves: Black Women's Soul Food Narratives as Sites of Erotic & Sexual Agency. 


  • 3/28/19   ASGSO Table Talk - Juanita Crider - Intergenerational Social Media Solidarity: Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Millennials
  • 3/7/19     ASGSO Table Talk - Keturah Nix: When Black Girl Magic Summons the Dead: A Discussion on Portraits, Memory, and Black Visual Activism in Beyonce's Lemonade


Past Colloquiums

2019-20 Colloquium Series
10/14/19    Dr. Mel Stanfill: What's Old is New Again: Mashup and the Promise of Transcendence
9/9/19        Dr. Mary Mitchell: The Atomic Imperium: Time, Tech, & Territoriality in US Empire, 1942-1947

2018-19 Colloquium Series
4/1/19       Dr. Beza Merid: Joking in Prognosis: Richard Pryor, Tig Notaro, and the Temporalities of Illness
2/25/19     Dr. Radhika Gajjala: 
Is there a  body in the Hashtag?: When Feminist Politics Transgress Physical Infrastructures
1/28/19     Dr. Stephanie Zywicki: Making America Native Again: Challenging Colonial Discourses in US History Curriculum
11/7/18     Dr. Sharra Vostral: TOXIC SHOCK A Social History
10/10/18   Dr. Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler: Toolkits for Change: American Systems Furniture and the Open Plan Office

2017-18 Colloquium Series 
2/26/18    Dr. Yvonne Pitts and Lowell Kane: Social Justice and the "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence": A Story of Radical Queer Nuns, 1979 to Today.

2016-17 Colloquium Series
11/14/16    Dr. Diego Soares da Silveira: Agency and translation of audiovisual technologies by the Mebêngôkre-Kayapó of Pará: an
‘indigenous cinema’

2015-16 Colloquium Series
3/7/16      Dr. Rachel Lee: Black, Asia, and Chimp Entanglements: Critical Biopolitical Studies as American Studies
2/8/16      Dr. Paisle Currah: Freeze Frames: The Carceral State, Trans Prisoners, and Neoliberal Penality
11/2/15    Dr. Scott Shoemaker: Wiihsakacaakwa's Bloody Nose: Competing Performances of Indiana Miami and Settler Colonial Identities through Pageantry. 
10/19/15   Dr. Mel Stanfill: Free Fan Labor! The Work of Fancom in the Internet Era
9/21/15     Dr. Adrienne Brown: Appraisal Literatures: Reading Race at Mid-Century

2014-15 Colloquium Series 
3/12/15    Dr. Juana María Rodríguez: Pornographic Encounters and Interpretive Possibilities: Reading Racialized Sexuality Queerly
2/20/15    Dr. Fiona I.B. Ngô: Structures of Sense: Aesthetics, Ethics, and the Law
                Dr. Mimi Thi Nguyen: Time, and the Promise of Beauty
1/26/15    Dr. Nitasha Tamar Sharma: Black Hawaiian Hapas: Race and Indigeneity in the Black Pacific
9/11/14    Dr. Terence Keel: The Strange Career of American Polygenism: From Christian Naturalism to the Progressive Era

Past Symposia

Annual conferences at Purdue University have been held since 1975 and feature nationally and internationally recognized scholars, master's and doctoral students from other major universities, and our own American Studies students.

April 28, 2018 - Symposium Program
April 24-25, 2017 - Symposium Program
April 23-24, 2016 - Symposium Program 
April 24-26, 2015 - Symposium Program 
April 18, 2014 - Symposium Program
April 17-19, 2013 - Symposium Program
April 19-20, 2012 - Symposium Program 
April 14-15, 2011 - Symposium Program
April 22-23, 2010 - Symposium Program,
2010 Film Showing & Discussion
April 16-18, 2009 - Symposium Program,
2009 Informational Flyer,
Photo Gallery of 2009 American Studies Symposium
April 17-18, 2008 - Symposium Program,
2008 Informational Flier,
2008 Informational Flier
April 19-20, 2007 - Symposium Program ,
2007 Informational Flier,
2007 Informational Flier
March 30-31, 2006  - Symposium Program, 2006 Informational Flier, 
Photo Gallery of 2006 American Studies Symposium
March 4-5, 2005 - Symposium Program, Photo Gallery of 2005 American Studies Symposium