3/29/2016 Staff Writer

American Studies Conference to Examine Race and Ethnicity

Franklin & Marshall College hosts the Annual Conference of the Eastern American Studies Association April 1-2. Graduate students from colleges around the country will present papers.

With race and ethnicity at the forefront of a range of social and political issues today, conference organizers settled on the theme, "Connections and Collisions: The Divisive and Unifying Forces of Race and Ethnicity."

Topics in the sessions range from "Martin Luther King, Jr. in Madrid" and "Sports, Spectacle, Race" to "Contested Racial Narratives" and "Making Sense of Place." F&M students will present papers during several sessions.

In the first session, "Parks and Preservation" at 2 p.m. April 1 in Stager Hall's Room 109, senior Shannon Ricchetti will present "Frederick Law Olmsted and the Louisville Park System" and senior Molly Cadwell will report "The Fight to Save Storm King Mountain and the Creation of the National Environmental Policy Act."

"This conference will offer several of our talented students a valuable opportunity to present their research alongside more seasoned scholars," said Dennis Deslippe, associate professor of American Studies and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies, chair of American Studies.

Students, faculty and professional staff are invited to attend any session, which run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and from 8 p.m. to noon Saturday. 

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