A group of experts and activists were invited to F&M on February 12 by Visiting Professor of American Studies David Kieran for a panel discussion of the aftermath and continuing struggles in Iraq a decade after U.S. intervention. The panelists, all members of the the Right to Heal advocacy group dedicated to publicizing continuing issues with Iraq War-related consequences, also visited Professor Kieran's AMS Senior Seminar, After War. Students in the class currently are studying the effects of the war, and as final project will create a digital exhibit of local Iraq veterans and Iraqi immigrants. Click here to read the story by Warren Glynn '15.
David Schuyler, the Arthur and Katherine Shadek Professor of Humanities and American Studies, reflected on the life of American folk singer and environmental activist Pete Seeger upon learning of his death on January 28. This photo was taken at the event in Downing Park mentioned in these comments.
Raise a toast tonight to Pete Seeger, who died early this morning at age 94. He was an amazing person, always fighting for social justice and the environment. Even into his early 90s Pete organized a protest against the Iraq war at the intersection of routes 9 and 9A just north of Beacon, NY, where he lived, whatever the weather.
This is a photo from the last time we were together, at Downing Park in Newburgh, when we were honored for our contributions to the Hudson Valley (Pete's dwarfed mine). That evening he sang about six songs, and started by introducing a song that a friend of his had written but had never been copyrighted or recorded until he recorded it around 1950. He then asked us all to join in and sang "This Land Was Our Land."
Pete was just an amazing man. I'll miss him, but his voice is singing in the background as I write, and his legacy will live on.
Michael Haines '14, an American Studies major and member of the Diplomats football team, was named Scholar-Athlete of the Month in November. An article on the Diplomats website states, "Every team needs players that will make a difference on the field, but more importantly, every successful team has difference makers off the field as well. Michael Haines personifies this for the Franklin & Marshall football team." Among other accomplishments, Mike is a member of the AMS Honor Society of the Eastern American Studies Association, which recognizes junior and senior AMS majors who have achieved a certain GPA and have produced high-quality, creative work. Click here to read the story.
American Studies Professor and Director of the Writing Center Daniel Frick is one of four F&M faculty who reflect on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination in this article on the College website. Professor Frick teaches a course called As Seen on TV, which "investigates the representation of history-making moments in the mass media." At a recent American Studies Road Show, an occasional gathering of AMS majors and students considering the discipline, students from As Seen on TV presented a class project in which they analyzed media coverage of the first few hours after JFK's assasination. The course is being offered again in Spring 2014.
At Common Hour on November 14, 2013, Dennis Deslippe, associate professor of American Studies and Women's & Gender Studies at F&M, moderated a panel discussion about the future of higher education in the Lancaster area. Presidents of four area colleges and universities participated. Click here to read the story.
Selected masterworks of artists of the Hudson River School were on display in the Leonard and Mildred Rothman Gallery of the Phillips Museum of Art in the Steinman College Center from September 13 to December 15, 2013. American Studies Professor David Schuyler played a key role in bringing the exhibit to campus. Click here and here to read articles about "The Hudson River to Niagara Falls: 19th-Century American Landscape Paintings from the New-York Historical Society."
American Studies Professor David Kieran (second from left) was one of four F&M faculty members who participated in a panel discussion on Sept. 10, 2013, about possible U.S. intervention in Syria. Click here to read a story on the college website; click here for local news coverage of the event. (Photo by Melissa Hess)