August 2011 Archives

We are pleased to announce that the American Studies bimonthly Graduate Student Workshop series will return this fall. Students interested in present at one of the fall workshops should contact Melanie ( by Friday, September 9th.

American Studies Annual Potluck Gathering is Monday, September 26, 5:00 - 6:30pm

The annual department potluck gathering of students, faculty, and staff to celebrate the beginning of the academic year is Monday, September 26, 5:00 - 6:30pm in the Scott Hall Commons, room 105. Please bring a dish to share. This event immediately follows the Graduate Student Workshop.

Schneider-Mayerson's Article in American Studies Journal

Current graduate student, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson's article "What Almost Was: The Politics of the Contemporary Alternate History Novel" was published in the American Studies journal Volume 50, Number 3/4. Click Here for an abstract.

Fall 2011 Syllabi and Office Hours

FALL 2011 INSTRUCTORS & TAs: Please submit a copy of your course syllabus electronically to Laura at by Wednesday, Sept 7th, 2011. Please also include the time(s) and day(s) you will be holding office hours for the upcoming semester.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in African American Studies at College of Charleston

The African American Studies Program at the College of Charleston, South Carolina invites applications for full-time tenure-track Assistant Professorship to begin August 16, 2012. They seek an energetic scholar with leadership potential and program development experience. Ph.D. by August 2012 is required. Application deadline: October 10, 2011.

Stanford UniversityTenure-track Assistant Professor in Dept of Religious Studies

The Department of Religious Studies at Stanford University, in collaboration with the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of American Religion with a focus on ethnicity and race starting fall 2012. In particular, the search is seeking a scholar whose work centers on the study of religious traditions, practices, and institutions among ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Candidates must have completed their Ph.D. by August 31, 2012. Applications deadline: October 3, 2011.

The Society of Early Americanists and the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland invite proposals for the conference "'Triumph in my Song': 18th & 19th Century African Atlantic Culture, History, & Performance". They seek to explore wide range of definitions of culture, history, historiography, and performance as they connect to the experiences of Africans in the Atlantic world up to the Civil War. The conference will be held May 31-June 2, 2012. Proposals are due September 15, 2011.

Applications for Fall Grant-In-Aid Due Sept 19th, 2011

Applications are being accepted for the fall Grant-In-Aid of Research, Artistry, and Scholarship Program in the Office of the Vice President for Research. The grants promote the scholarly and artistic activities of faculty and their graduate students. Proposals must be submitted electronically by Sept. 19. For more information, see grant applications.

CFP: "The Presence of 'America' in India"

The International Forum for U.S. Studies and South Asian Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign announces a call for papers. The conference,"The Presence of 'America' in India", will take place April 5-8th, 2012. Application deadline: October 15th.

DGS Fall Semester Office Hours

The Director of Graduate Studies, Kevin Murphy, will be holding office hours on Mondays from 10am - 12pm for fall semester. To make an appointment please call the front desk at 612-624-4190 or email with the preferred time, date, and topic/description for the appointment.

PCard Reminder

Please submit receipts for all August PCard purchases to Laura by Thursday, September 1st.

AFRO 5625: Black Women Writers in Diaspora

AFRO 5625: Black Women Writers in the Diaspora will be taught Fall 2011 by Dr. Njeri Githire on Wednesdays from 5 - 7:30pm in Hubert H. Humphrey Center room 35 . This upper level undergraduate/graduate seminar explores the dynamics of black women's expressivity in literary texts from Africa through Europe to the Americas and beyond.

Click here for a course flyer:AFRO 5625-FLYER.pdf

Local author and University of Minnesota alumnae, Roma Calatayud-Stocks, will discuss her book, A Song In My Heart, on Wednesday, September 14 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union. A Song In My Heart highlights the American, Latino, and European cultures through music, the arts, and American and world history during the early 1900's.

Graduate Student Health Insurance

To register for Graduate Student Health Insurance please follow this steps on this web page. Be sure to review your student account and ensure you are charged for the Graduate Health Plan, not the Student Insurance Plan. Please contact Colleen at 612-624-1871 if you have any questions.

Note About Letters of Recommendation Files

Each year the department sends out letters of recommendation for students that are ABD. Continue reading for instructions on how to initiate the file and use the service.

Submissions for 'Present Tense' Journal's Spring 2012 Special Issue

The editors of Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society are recruiting submissions for a spring 2012 special issue on medical, gender, and body rhetorics. They are seeking submissions on topics including but not limited to: healthcare research and industry, healthcare practice, technology, aesthetics, veterinary medicine, and power relations in medicine. Priority deadline for the special issue is January 6, 2012, and they anticipate publishing the special issue in April of 2012.

Tenure-track Assistant Professor in American Studies at Smith College

The American Studies Program at Smith College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates must be well prepared to teach the range of theoretical and methodological questions, both established and emerging, central to American Studies scholarship, and they should be prepared to teach an Early American survey in the History department. Ph.D. in hand and prior teaching experience preferred. Review of applications will begin August 20, 2011.

1 year Visiting Position in American Studies at Wesleyan University

The American Studies Program at Wesleyan University invites applicants for a one-year, full-time position from January to December 2012; rank of either Visiting Assistant Professor (completed Ph.D.) or Visiting Instructor (without completed Ph.D.). Applicants with teaching fields in queer studies and/or 20th-century cultural history are especially encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin immediately; applications received by August 15, 2011 are guaranteed consideration.

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