In an effort to better highlight and celebrate the wonderful work by American Studies students, faculty, and alumni we are launching Last Friday, a monthly newsletter for our program.
As the name suggests, the newsletter will go out on the last Friday of each month during the academic year, an apt moment to reflect on the events of the past month and signal the activities in upcoming weeks.
We launch this first edition before the last Friday in April 2015 because we have so much going on in the upcoming week.
50th Anniversary Celebration
The evening of April 24 (5-7pm), the American Studies program will celebrate its 50th anniversary at Carnahan Hall in downtown Lafayette. If you have not sent a RSVP, please contact Brandi Plantenga by Thursday April 16.
We also will award our annual graduate student awards:
Eisinger Paper prize
Eisinger Research prize
Social Justice prize
Howard Zinn prize
2015 is the inaugural year of the Howard Zinn award. The award honors historian Howard Zinn (1922-2010) who devoted his life and work to advancing the cause of social justice in the United States.
On April 24-25 the program will host its annual graduate student symposium. To rekindle a collaborative Midwestern graduate student experience, we invited the American Studies programs from Bowling Green State University, Indiana University, University of Michigan, and St. Louis University to nominate 2 graduate students to participate in the symposium. The overall goal is to enable students to present their work in a collegial environment and hopefully build collaborative connections with American Studies graduate students that will live beyond the symposium. Ideally, this beginning will lead to future initiatives leveraging the contacts, resources, and opportunities presented by the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC).
We look forward to seeing you at all of the upcoming events.