Published: April 11th, 2013

Congratulations to the AMNESPers who defended their dissertations this Spring!

Dean Lampros “Like a Real Home: The Residential Funeral Home and America’s Changing Vernacular Landscape, 1910 – 1960″  (Richard Candee)

Jared Champion “Suffering Masculinity Like Illness: Gender Fictions and Cultural Traumas, 1880-1950″ (Robert Chodat)

Patricia Stuelke “The Making of the Affected Turn: U.S. Imperialism and the Privatization of Dissent in the 1980′s.”(John T. Matthews)

Jessica Roscio: “Photographic Domesticity: The Home/Studios of Alice Austen, Catherine Weed Barnes Ward, and Frances Benjamin Johnston, 1885-1915″ (Kim Sichel)

John Stuart Gordon: “Lurelle Guild’s Historical Modernism: Americana and Industrial Design” (Keith M. Morgan)

AMNESP Grad Association Lunch Social!

Published: April 5th, 2013

It’s a busy time of year for everyone, so why not take a moment to eat your lunch with some old friends?

Time and Date: Wednesday, April 10 between 12pm-1pm
Location: Room 110, 226 Bay State Rd

Fall 2013 Registration

Published: April 3rd, 2013

Registration season is here!

Check Undergrad and Graduate listings for Fall 2013 AMNESP course descriptions.

Courses include CAS AM 301-Perspectives on the American Experience: The American Way of Eating (undergrad);  CAS AM 524-New England’s Cultural Landscape (undergrad/grad); GRS AM 867 – Material Culture (grad) and many more!

Americanist Forum-Wednesday, 3/27 at 5:30pm

Published: March 24th, 2013

Date: Wednesday March 27 at 5:30pm
Location: 226 Bay State Rd Room 110

Mary Potorti:
To Feed the Revolution: The Black Panther Party & the Politics of Food

Rachel Schneider
Selling the Imagined Community:Marketing the Local Food Movement

See the Americanist Forum Poster for full details.

AMNESP Graduate Associaton Conference-Saturday, March 23

Published: March 8th, 2013

American and New England Studies Program Graduate Association Conference 2013

Beyond Production and Consumption: Refining American Material Culture Studies
Keynote Speaker: Professor Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Charles F. Montgomery Professor, History of American Decorative Arts and Material Culture, Yale University

Date:  Saturday, March 23, 2013
Location: 147 Bay State Road, Boston, MA
Full Conference Schedule available here
Registration Form available here

Americanist Forum, Tonight!-March 6 at 5pm

Published: March 6th, 2013

We will hold our next installment of the Americanist Forum this evening at 5:00 pm and will be featuring Mary Potorti and Rachel Schneider.

Mary Potori will present: “To Feed the Revolution:The Black Panther Party & the Politics of Food”

Rachel Schneider will present:  “Selling the Imagined Community: Marketing the Local Food Movement”

Full details available here. Hope to see you there!

Learning the Ropes-Next Event-March 4: Preparing for the Job Market

Published: February 22nd, 2013

Learning the Ropes: Professional Packaging and Preparing for the Job Market
March 4 at 5pm
Location: TBA

The panel of speakers will include:

Katie Brownell, Lecturer, History Department, Boston University. Katie recently received her Ph.D. in History from Boston University. Her current book project is Showbiz Politics  and her teaching and research focus on the relationship between media, politics, and popular culture in twentieth-century United States.

Aaron Lecklider, Assistant Professor, American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston. Aaron recently received his Ph.D. in American & New England Studies from Boston University. His current book project is Love’s Next Meeting: Homosexuality and the Left in American Culture and his teaching interests are in gender and sexuality, twentieth-century U.S. history and culture, and radical art and fiction.

Katherine Stebbins McCaffrey, Lecturer, American Studies, Boston University. Katherine recently received her Ph.D. in American & New England Studies from Boston University. Her current book project is Reading Glasses: Consuming Spectacles in the Age of Franklin and her teaching and research interests include: Early American Literature and Art, History of the Book, Visual and Material Cultures, Science and Technology, Travel and Tourism, and Consumer Cultures.

Joseph Rezek, Assistant Professor, English Department, Boston University. Joe recently received his Ph.D. in English from the University of California Los Angeles. His current book project is The Aesthetics of Provinciality: Literary Expression and the Book Trade in Ireland, Scotland, and the United States, 1800-1850 and his teaching and research interests include: the history of the novel, theories of modernity and the Atlantic World, and the history of print in American culture.

Material Culture Series-Next Event-Thursday, Feb 21

Published: February 19th, 2013

The next event in the Material Culture Series will take place Thursday, February 21 at 5:30pm in CAS 200.

Marié Abe, Assistant Professor of Music Ethnomusicology at Boston University will present “Squeeze Box Stories: A Documentary About Accordions in America”
See the Material Culture Series page for full information.

Free and open to the public / Refreshments and receptions to follow
For further information please contact:
Series supported by the Boston University Center for the Humanities

Americanist Forum: Tonight, Tuesday, 2/19 at 5pm

Published: February 19th, 2013

Americanist Forum
February 19, 2013
Room 110/ 226 Bay State Rd/ 5pm

Two papers will be presented: Caroline Riley, “July 15, 1865: A Day with Sarah Putnam in Paris” and Karen Robbins, “Behind Closed Doors: Inmate Life at the Connecticut Industrial School for Girls”
The Americanist Forum is free and open to the public. For full information, see attached Americanist Forum Poster

Learning the Ropes Event-Monday, Feb 18

Published: February 15th, 2013

The first “Learning the Ropes” event of the spring semester on Orals Preparation will take place in room 110 at noon on Monday, February 18. Feel free to bring a lunch and we’ll provide a few additional snacks.
AMNESP doctoral candidates Jared Champion, Kathleen Daly, Casey Riley, and Rachel Schneider will co-facilitate the conversation. Together they represent major fields in literature, architectural history, art history, and history, as well as a variety of minor fields including material culture, food in U.S. society, immigration history, women’s history, photo history, 20th c. domesticity, and travel history.

Hope to see you there!