F&M's Philadelphia Alumni Writers House was one of several venues for "Boricua Lancaster: A Puerto Rican Majority in Transition," a conference in March that highlighted the role of artists and others in the struggle to help lift Puerto Rico from its precarious political, cultural and economic position. AMS Prof. Mark Villegas, spearheaded the conference along with History Prof. Laura Shelton and Salina Almanzar '13. Pictured from left are Villegas, Almanzar, public muralist Michelle Angela Ortiz, and comic book creator Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez.
Lior Wolf, center, a junior American Studies major, tries on an early beehive basket during a "Culture Lab" at the Phillips Museum of Art as part of Prof. Alison Kibler's "Studying American" course in Spring 2018. While junior AMS major Isabel Monge looks on, a third student examines another object.
Hip-hop artist Steve Tyson '07 (center, holding shirt) returned to F&M to perform a concert on March 23, 2018. He is pictured with current members of I.M.P.A.C.T., a student group he founded, as well as Dean Donnell Butler (back row at right, in blue shirt) and AMS Prof. Mark Redondo Villegas (far right, in tan jacket). Prof. Villegas teaches a course called "Hip Hop: Global Politics and Culture."
Professor Ellen Wu, University of Indiana Bloomington, gave the American Studies North Foundation Lecture on Februrary 28 to a large audience in Stahr Auditorium. Her talk, entitled “How Asian Americans Became the ‘Model Minority’ and Why That Matters," captured the fascination of the audience through her dynamic speaking style, and there was a vigorous exchange with students during the Q & A afterwards. The lecture shared with us the recent research project now published in her book, The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority (Princeton University Press). American Studies majors also enjoyed Professor Wu’s company at dinner. All-in-all it was a highly engaging and fun event!
In October 2018 a group of AMS majors and faculty traveled to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello for a behind-the-scenes tour.
The F&M American Studies group on the back porch at Monticello.
A bonus of the trip to Charlottesville was meeting up with former F&M Chaplain Susan Minasian (second row, second from left) for dinner.
The group takes a moment for a selfie while touring Monticello.
AMS Chair Carla Willard poses with AMS Honors Recipient and Sener Prize Winner Wyatt Behringer '18 at Commencement.
Commencement Speaker Senator Cory Booker takes a selfie with AMS Grad Charisma Lambert '18.