American Studies Research Colloquium
Friday, April 27, 2018 at 4:30 in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018. American Studies lecture: "Japanese American Literature in Asian American Studies" by Professor Emeritus Stephen Hiro Simida, 4:30 pm in Paino Lecture Hall.
Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip's War by Lisa Brooks
***New Spring 2018 American Studies Class***
AMST 221 - Active Citizenship
This course investigates the practice and ideal of community in America both on a national and a local level, asking students to develop concrete strategies for strengthening the public sphere and fostering community life. We will consider the nature and limits of democracy, the meaning of belonging, the experience of stigma and exclusion, the concepts of civic responsibility and public discourse, and the conflict and compromises inherent in political advocacy. The course will pay particular attention to the struggles of often-marginalized groups to build healthy and just communities. Coursework will include contemporary and historical case studies, literary depictions, and more theoretical readings, as well as a substantial commitment to the observation of civic life at the local level. We will attend: school committee meetings, community organizing strategy sessions, select board meetings, board meetings of local nonprofit organizations and community gatherings. We will bring what we learn from these sessions into our classroom discussions of how to build socially just communities at the local level. Each of you will develop a personal action plan for how you plan to be an active citizen in the near and the long term of your life.
Listen to Amherst College American Studies and English Professor Lisa Brooks talk about her new book, Our Beloved Kin: A New History of King Philip’s War on WNPR’s NEXT. To listen to the interview click the link below:
Please view the lecture video "From Access to Inclusion" by Dr. Anthony Jack of Harvard University. This talk was taped during his December 1st, 2016 visit to Amherst.