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American Studies Events

Spring 2018

  • AMST Colloquium
    Monday, February 26th
    HEAV G4
    Speaker: Yvonne Pitts
    & Lowell Kane
    *light refreshments served*

  • Howard Zinn Memorial Research Award Celebration
    Monday, March 5th
    HEAV G4
    *Light lunch served*
  • Springfest
    Saturday, April 14th    
    Purdue Memorial Mall
    American Studies will be hosting a table, come out to see us! 

  • American Studies Symposium
    Saturday, April 28th   
    STEW 214A
    *lunch will be served*
    Call for Papers

  • American Studies Awards Banquet
    Saturday, April 28th    5:00-9:00pm
    PMU - Anniversary Drawing Room
    Keynote Speaker: Dr. Carolyn Finney, Geography- University of Kentucky
    **Please RSVP to Brandi Plantenga -**


Last Friday, the AMST monthly newsletter.

In an effort to better highlight and celebrate the wonderful work by American Studies students, faculty, and alumni we are launching Last Friday, a monthly newsletter for our program.  
As the name suggests, the newsletter will go out on the last Friday of each month during the academic year, an apt moment to reflect on the events of the past month and signal the activities in upcoming weeks.

February 2018 Issue
December 2017 Issue

November 2017 Issue

October 2017 Issue
September 2017 Issue
August 2017 Issue

Faculty News

  • Yvonne Pitts received a Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship Award for 2013-2014 from the Office of the Provost, Purdue University.

  • Caroline Janney was named a University Faculty Scholar by the Office of the Provost, Purdue University.

  • Venetria Patton presented papers at the conferences of the College Language Association and the National Council for Black Studies. At the latter conference, she was honored with the President’s Award for Outstanding Service.

Student News

Stephanie A. Allen (current Ph.D. candidate) participated in the Gender Matters: Continuities and Instabilities conference held this spring in Chicago and presented a portion of her dissertation work entitled “Black Lesbians, Contemporary American Culture, and the Politics of Representation.” Stephanie has also written two articles for the Encyclopedia of Human Sexuality, due to be published this summer. She was also asked to be on the advisory board of the film A Persistent Desire: The Evolution of Butch Femme, directed and produced by Lenn Keller, which is currently in production. She is also a contributing writer and member of the Blackwood Research Group, where other Purdue graduate students and faculty write and discuss issues of race, gender, sexuality, and identity. This fall, Stephanie will present her paper “On Black Lesbian Femme Invisibility,” at the annual National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) meeting in November.

Fellowship and Grant Winners

George Washington Carver Fellowship

Na'eemah Webb
Lisa Young

Lynn Fellowship

Sascha Angermann
Katje Armentrout
Rachel Bonini

David M. Knox Fellowship

Kapri Crowley

Purdue Doctoral Fellowship

Jonathan Freeman

Purdue Research Foundation Year-Long Grant

Suzanne Clemenz
Jehan Mullin
Pamela Sari

Purdue Graduate School Summer Research Grants

Jehan Mullin
Pamela Sari
Chelsea Stripe

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