Monday, May 6, 2013
May 6-10, 2013: What is American Studies?
On Saturday, May 4th, this AmericanStudier was honored to host the third annual New England American Studies Association Spring Colloquium, held at Suffolk University’s Poetry Center.
This year's Colloquium focused on the questions, “American Studies: What, How, and Why,” and featured two roundtables: one with American Studies directors and instructors discussing the discipline from those programmatic and pedagogical standpoints; and one with scholars highlighting how they practice American Studies approaches, methodologies, and skills in their work. They were great conversations, and I’d love to follow them up with some further discussion here!
So I’ll ask you: if American Studies is a part of your teaching, officially or otherwise, what does that entail? If you’d say that your work is interdisciplinary in American Studies ways, how do you try to do that? And, for everybody, why do you think American Studies matters? What does it add, to these efforts or any and all others?
Comments on these and any other questions or topics that come to mind will be very welcome, and will help ensure that we keep these discussions alive. Thanks!
Special Mother's Day post this weekend,
PS. You know what to do!