Upcoming Events

American Studies for the Future Lecture Series

American Studies for the Future Lecture Series is presented by the American & New England Studies Program at Boston University.

We are excited to announce the program for another year of this series, for 2023-2024. To view the program schedule, click here.

Americanist Forum

The Americanist Forum will be held on Thursday, October 19th at 10am at 226 Bay State Road, Rm B06!


  • Meghan Townes (AMNESP): “The Unimagined Commonwealth: State Art and Public Visions of the Future in Post-Civil War Virginia”
  • Kathryn Lakin (English): “Buying Happiness: Consumerism and Women’s Self-Help Literature”
  • Liv Jacobs (AMNESP): “‘I Feel a Presence’: Paranormal Tourism and Architectures of Confinement”
  • Sarah Horowitz (HAA): “Democracy’s Showcase: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts”
  • Virginia Jansen (Musicology): “Price’s Musical Tapestry: The Constitutive Nature of Spirituals in Florence Price’s ‘Folksongs in Counterpoint’ Pieces for String Quartet”

Sponsored by the American and New England Studies Program (AMNESP) at BU, the Americanist Forum functions like a conference panel/symposium, with multiple speakers delivering papers during a given session. Each semester, there is an open call for papers for BU students in the humanities (graduate students or advanced undergraduates).

Please contact the coordinators of the Americanist Forum, MaryKate Smolenski ( and Liv Jacobs (, with any questions.


Other Events

Archives and Knowledge Keepers: Native American and Indigenous Studies and the Art of History

This one day symposium showcased early career scholars whose work engages Indigenous modes of knowledge production and might incorporate textual archives but also artifacts, oral traditions, and non-alphabetic material texts. May 4, 2023 | 10am-5pm

American Studies Graduate Student Conference

Find previous conferences, including Framing Narratives, click here.

Annual Fraternal Studies Lecture

This annual lecture series, funded through the generosity of Boston University Lodge A.F. & A.M., brings to campus scholars doing the best current innovative work on the role of fraternal societies within American society. Click here to see a list of previous lectures.

Learning the Ropes

This series of events prepares students for life during and beyond graduate school. Common topics include Preparing for Oral Exams, Applying for Grants, Preparing to Publish, and the Academic Job Market. Visit the Learning the Ropes archive for a full list of previous topics.

American Conversation Series

Our annual lecture series featuring scholars from around the country. For past events in the American Conversation series, including the Cultural Politics/ Political Culture series and the Material Culture Lecture series, visit Past American Conversation Events.