The “Secrets” of Secret Societies: AMNESP Course in BU Today

April 4th, 2016 in Uncategorized

BU Today accompanied Prof Will Moore’s AM 502 seminar, Mystic Orders and Secret Societies, to Boston’s Grand Lodge of Masons and covered the course as part of its “One Class, One Day” series. Click here for full coverage.

Tim Orwig (Ph.D 2010) in the news

February 6th, 2016 in Uncategorized

Tim Orwig (Ph.D 2010) is in the news because of his role in establishing an historic district in Berkley, Mass. Click here for the article, “Berkley burial ground helps sway commission in Historic Register decision

Keep up the good work , Tim!

Ian Stevenson awarded the Richard E. Greenwood Young Scholar Award by the New England Chapter of the Vernacular Architecture Forum

February 1st, 2016 in Uncategorized

The New England Chapter of the Vernacular Architecture Forum has chosen AMNESP PhD student Ian Stevenson to receive the Richard E. Greenwood Young Scholar Award at their annual meeting to be held on April 2, 2016. At that meeting, Stevenson will present his paper “Fraternity, Furlough, and Family: Maine’s Civil War Veteran Summer Cottages.”

Congratulations, Ian!

Aaron Ahlstrom & Sam Palfreyman at the Student Symposium of the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians

January 19th, 2016 in Uncategorized

Aaron Ahlstrom and Sam Palfreyman are on the program of the 38th Annual Student Symposium of the New England Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians which will be held in Room 901 of the Photonics Center on February 13th and is hosted by the BU Department of History of Art & Architecture. For more information, contact Ian Stevenson who is one of the event’s organizers. Congratulations Aaron and Sam!

Andy Ho, an AMNESP undergraduate concentrator, published in New Errands: the Undergraduate Journal of American Studies

October 4th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Ho’s article, “Comedic Relief in a Culture of Uncertainty: The Contribution of Life Magazine to 1920s America,” has just been published in the fall issue of New Errands: the Undergraduate Journal of American Studies.

Congratulations, Andy!

Congratulations Kathleen Daly!

September 24th, 2015 in Uncategorized

Kathleen Daly has successfully defended her dissertation, Fit to Mother: Women, Architecture, and the Performance of Health, 1865-1930.” Congratulations, Dr. Daly! 

Molly Geidel (AMNESP PhD, 2011) offered tenure-track appointment at the University of Manchester

August 21st, 2015 in Uncategorized

Molly Geidel (AMNESP PhD, 2011) was recently offered the equivalent of a tenure-track appointment at the University of Manchester in England. Her official title is Lecturer in Twentieth Century American Cultural History in the Division of English, American Studies and Creative Writing.

Congratulations, Molly!

Spring 2015 Featured Courses

October 16th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Introduction to American Studies: CAS AM 200
An exploration of the multi-faceted themes of American society and culture in selected historical periods using a variety of approaches to interpret such topics as American art, literature, politics, material culture, and the mass media. Required of majors and minors. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
Patterson, MWF 10am-11am

What’s Boston?:CAS AM 202
What’s Boston? explores Boston’s complex urban and natural world. University faculty share cutting-edge research, focusing on Boston as a PLACE and a guiding IDEA, introducing the perspectives of disparate scholarly disciplines. Discover where you stand and where you might go! No prerequisites. This course welcomes first-year students and is open to all BU undergraduates. *Students must register for a lecture and discussion section.
Bluestone: M 5pm-6:30pm + Discussion Session: M 6:30pm-8pm

American Arts & Society: Cold War and Consensus in the 1950s: CAS AM 250
This course explores the tensions between domestic ideals and fractured reality in Cold War America. Combining film study, literary criticism, material culture, and cultural history, students gain a thorough, interdisciplinary understanding of the 1950s. Topics include Elvis Presley, McCarthyism, suburbia, and Disneyland.
Croker, T/TR 9:30am-11am

Internships in Public History: CAS AM/HI 313
Students undertake supervised work in Boston-area institutions dedicated to the public presentation of America’s past. Students meet with the instructor to discuss themes in public history theory and practice that, together with the internship experience and related readings, inform a final research project and class presentation. Also offered as CAS HI 313.
Dempsey, T 5:30pm-7:30pm

American Baseball: CAS AM 502
This interdisciplinary research seminar examines the history, culture, and science of the game from its shadowy origins in the early days of the nineteenth century, explosive growth in popularity during the Jazz Age, to the controversy-ridden Steroid Era.
Andres, Fahy, Whalen, TR 2pm-5pm

New England Cultural Landscapes: CAS AM 524.  A seminar that examines the historic forces that have shaped distinctive regional landscapes of New England, and catalogues the changing forms that made up that landscape.  This course focuses primarily on rural, small-town, and residential neighborhood landscapes in town and cities over four centuries. Readings will be selected from the fields of social and cultural history, giving students an opportunity for interdisciplinary reading, discussion, and research. Also offered as CAS AH 525. 
Dempsey, 10am – 1pm.

For course information and to sign up, see the Student Link 

Sert Sunday & Welcome Reception with Daniel Bluestone, New Director of BU Preservation Studies Program

October 10th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Sunday, October 19 at 3pm / Sumner Redstone Building, Room 102 / 765 Commonwealth Ave

We hope you can join us in a Welcome Reception for Professor Bluestone. We are very pleased to announce that on that day Henry Moss, AIA, of Bruner-Cott architects, will deliver a talk and analysis on Boston University’s Preservation, Rehabilitation, and Expansion of the Josep Lluis Sert Law Tower, a significant monument of Boston Modernism (and now Modern Movement Preservation).  The talk will be followed by an exterior walking tour and our Welcome Reception.

Invitation available here: all are welcome!

To RSVP or for any questions, email Ben Tocchi:

Liz Duclos-Orsello (AMNESP 2003) Elected to Board of Mass Humanities

September 29th, 2014 in Uncategorized

Liz Duclos-Orsello, who graduated from AMNESP in 2003 and is currently Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and American Studies Director at Salem State, has just been elected to the Board of Mass Humanities.

Congratualtions, Liz!