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Our New Department Chair, Dr. Edward Tang

Dr. Tang begins his term as Department Chair this Fall.  He has taught at the Capstone for 20 years, from graduate students in the Research Colloquium to the general undergraduate population in AMS 151: World, Nation, Regions.  Dr. Tang specializes in the long nineteenth century and the Cold War.  He looks forward to helping the Department’s growth in majors and the Master’s program, and faculty members with their research.  Feel free to stop by and say “Hello!”

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AMS Alum in Documentary on Lynching

Lily Hoyle, a 12-year-old from Mobile, AL, created a short documentary about the 1981 lynching of 19-year-old Michael Donald, “The Lynching That Brought Down the Klan in Alabama.” An AMS alumnus, Derek Barry, now an American Studies teacher at the Alabama School of Math and Science, appears as a guest commentator in the film. https://www.al.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/07/alabama_12-year-olds_lynching.html  

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AMS Alum Savannah Harper Publishes in The Explicator

The American Studies Department is pleased to congratulate Savannah Harper, whose essay “Greenery as a Symbol of Immigrant Hardship and Vulnerability in Gish Jen’s Typical American” appears in the latest issue of The Explicator, a scholarly journal focused on text-based criticism. Savannah, who earned her AMS degree from UA in 2016, wrote the paper for Dr. Hubbs’s Fictions of American Identity course in fall 2015. You can read Savannah’s essay here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00144940.2018.1430675

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Elizabeth Meese Memorial Award in Feminist Theory

Congratulations to Athena F. Richardson, a second-year Masters student and Graduate Teaching Assistant, for winning the Elizabeth Meese Memorial Award in Feminist Theory. The honor came from the 2018 Annual Paper Competition sponsored by the Department of Gender and Race Studies. Athena’s paper is titled “There Is a Balm: Performance, Voyeurism, and Public History through Beyoncé’s Lemonade.” She uses Lemonade to examine the multi-generational experiences of black women in New Orleans tourism history, and the role that public history and tourist […]

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