School of Interdisciplinary Studies American Studies

Past Events

August 21, 2017    AMST Welcome Back Reception  12:30-3:30pm; HEAV G4

April 30, 2017    AMST Annual Graduate Symposium  8am-1:30pm; STEW 214A

April 29, 2017    AMST Annual Awards Banquet  5-8pm; PMU - West Faculty Lounge

April 29, 2017    AMST Annual Graduate Symposium  8am-5pm; STEW 214A

April 28, 2017    ASGSO End-of-the-Year Celebration 6-8pm; Union Rack & Roll Bowling Alley

November 14, 2016    AMST Colloquium - Dr. Diego Soares da Silveira (University of Brasília)  4-5:30pm; HEAV G4

September 14, 2016    LGBTQ Rainbow Callout - 6-8pm - PMU North/South Ballrooms

August 29, 2016    AMST Welcome Back Reception - 1-4pm - HEAV G4

August 25, 2016    BCC Boilerfest - 4-6pm - Black Cultural Center

April 23, 2016    AMST Annual Awards Banquet - Saturday 5pm; Carnahan Hall

April 23, 2016    AMST 2016 Symposium - Saturday 9am-4:30, Sunday 9am-Noon; STEW 214A

April 16, 2016    Spring Fest - Saturday only 10am - 4pm; CLA Tent - Memorial Mall

March 7, 2016    AMST Colloquium - Dr. Rachel Lee (UCLA) 4-5:30pm; HEAV G4

February 8, 2016    AMST Colloquium - Dr. Paisle Currah (Brooklyn College CUNY)  4-5:30pm; HEAV G4

January 28, 2016    American Studies Day 10am-4pm; STEW West Foyer

December 8, 2015    AMST Graduate Symposium - Queer/ing Popular Culture 5pm; HEAV G4

November 2, 2015    AMST Colloquium - Dr. Scott Shoemaker (Eiteljorg Museum) 4-5:30pm; HEAV G4

October 19, 2015  AMST Colloquium - Dr. Mel Stanfill (Purdue University) 4-5:30pm; HEAV G4

October 22, 2015  Global Food: Local Perspectives 3:30-5:30pm; NLSN 1215

September 21, 2015  AMST Colloquium - Dr. Adrienne Brown (University of Chicago) 4-5:30pm; HEAV G4

August 31, 2015  Welcome Back Reception 1-4pm; HEAV G4

August 21, 2015  AMST Program Retreat 9am-1pm; Carnahan Hall

April 6 - 8, 2015 AMST External Review

April 24, 2015  AMST 50th Anniversary Celebration 5:00pm; Carnahan Hall

August 25, 2014  AMST Welcome Back Reception 1:00-4:00pm; PMU East Faculty Lounge

September 12, 2013 American Studies Brown Bag Teaching Assistantships & Fellowships 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Beering Hall, Room B261

September 17, 2013 Diversity Cafe Film Screening: Howard Zinn's The People Speak 7:00-9:00 p.m.; Lawson Hall, Room 1142

October 1, 2013 American Studies Fall Book Sale 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; Lawson Hall Foyer

October 2, 2013 American Studies Fall Book Sale 12:30-2:30 p.m.; HSSE Entrance/Stewart Center Foyer

October 10, 2013 American Studies Brown Bag Purdue Libraries & the American Studies Library 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Beering Hall, Room B261

October 23, 2013 Diversity Cafe Green Week Film Screening with the Native American Educational & Cultural Center Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action 6:00-8:00 p.m.; Stewart Center, Room 310

October 24, 2013 American Studies ASGSO Town Hall Meeting 10:00-11:00 a.m.; Rawls Hall, Room 2082

November 7, 2013 Diversity Cafe Film Screening Howl 7:00-9:00 p.m.; Lawson Hall, Room 1142

November 14, 2013 American Studies Brown Bag Making the Most of Your Plan of Study 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Beering Hall, Room B261

September 2, 2011
6:00-8:00 p.m.
ASGSO Welcome Mixer
Columbian Park

September 9, 2011
2:00-3:30 p.m.
BRNG 1254
ASGSO Brown Bag: Surviving Graduate School

September 28 & 29, 2011
ASGSO Book Sale
1st Floor, Beering Lobby

October 14, 2011
2:00-3:30 p.m.
BRNG 1254
ASGSO Brown Bag: Creating an AMST 201 Proposal

October 20 & 21, 2011
American Studies Association Conference - Baltimore

November 11, 2011
2:00-3:30 p.m.
BRNG 1254
ASGSO Brown Bag: Preparing for Prelim Exams

December 3, 2011
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Abby Stephen's House
ASGSO Holiday Party

'Until Death or Distance Do You Part': Marriage and Slavery in the Nineteenth Century"
Presented by Tera Hunter, Professor of U.S. History, Princeton University 
Thursday, October 15, 2009 
7:00 p.m., Lawson Hall, Room 1142 
Sponsored by the Department of History, African-American Studies, American Studies and Women's Studies

Graduate Student Forum on Research Methods in Race, Gender, and Class featuring Tera Hunter
Thursday, October 15, 2009 
3:00-4:30 p.m., Beering Hall, Room B261

Philosophy Department Colloquium 
"Interpreting a Murder with Addams and Mead"
Presented by Marilyn Fischer, Ph.D., University of Dayton 
Thursday, September 17, 2009 
4:30 p.m., Beering Hall, Room 1268

2008 International Conference

"American Studies and Imperial Designs: New Scholarship and Perspectives on the U.S. in the World"

September 11-14, 2008

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

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 Colloquiums

The 2014-15 Colloquium Series 

March 12, 2015
Juana María Rodríguez - Pornographic Encounters and Interpretive Possibilities: Reading Racialized Sexuality Queerly

February 20, 2015
Fiona I.B. Ngô - Structures of Sense: Aesthetics, Ethics, and the Law
Mimi Thi Nguyen - Time, and the Promise of Beauty

January 26, 2015
Nitasha Tamar Sharma - Black Hawaiian Hapas: Race and Indigeneity in the Black Pacific

September 11, 2014
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.

The 2015 Symposium was held on April 24-25, 2015.

2015 Program

The 2014 Symposium was held in April 18, 2014.

2014 Program

2014 Call for Papers

The 2013 Symposium was held on April 17, 18 & 19, 2013

2013 Program

Links for 2013 Symposium Information:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AcademicsIrl

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AcademicsIRL

Blog: http://academicsirl.wordpress.com/

The 2012 Symposium was held on April 19 & 20, 2012. 

2012 Keynote Speaker Information

2012 Program

The 2011 Symposium was held on April 14 & 15, 2011.

2011 Program

The 2010 Symposium was held April 22 & 23, 2010.

2010 Syposium Program

2010 Film Showing & Discussion

The 2009 was held April 16, 17 & 18, 2009.

2009 Symposium Program

2009 Informational Flyer

Photo Gallery of 2009 American Studies Symposium

The 2008 was held on April 17 & 18, 2008.

2008 Symposium Program

2008 Informational Flier

Photo Gallery of 2008 American Studies Symposium

The 2007 was held on April 19 & 20, 2007.

2007 Symposium Program

2007 Informational Flier

Photo Gallery of 2007 American Studies Symposium

The 2006 was held on March 30 & 31, 2006.

2006 Symposium Program

2006 Informational Flier

Photo Gallery of 2006 American Studies Symposium

The 2005 was held on March 4 & 5, 2005

Photo Gallery of 2005 American Studies Symposium

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