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Saturday, April 2, 2016

April 2-3, 2016: March 2016 Recap



[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
February 29: Montreal Memories: The McCord Museum: A series on how Montreal remembers kicks off with a great, complicatedly located cultural history exhibit.
March 1: Montreal Memories: Pointe-à-Callière: The series continues with the limitations and possibilities of archaeological history.
March 2: Montreal Memories: The Museum of Fine Arts: The artistic and historical pavilion that complements my prior two museums, as the series rolls on.
March 3: Montreal Memories: Vieux Montréal: Three telling spots that capture the complex past and present of Old Montreal.
March 4: Montreal Memories: Anglais and French: The series concludes with two ways Montreal’s bilingualism can serve as a model for America.
March 5-6: Canadian Colleagues: Wrapping up a Canadian series by highlighting some of the many great Canadian colleagues I’ve worked with!
March 7: Puerto Rican Posts: West Side Story: A Boricua series starts with the musical’s surprising history and its limits and strengths as a cultural text.
March 8: Puerto Rican Posts: Martín Espada: The series continues with a few complementary ways the Puerto Rican poet portrays his heritage.
March 9: Puerto Rican Posts: Raúl Julía: AmericanStudying three iconic performances from the talented birthday boy, as the series rolls on.
March 10: Puerto Rican Posts: J. Lo and Marc Anthony: The linked but divergent paths of two of the most famous Puerto Rican American musicians.
March 11: Puerto Rican Posts: Sotomayor’s Story: The series concludes with what’s profoundly cultural about the Supreme Court Justice’s autobiography, and what’s not.
March 12-13: Puerto Rican Posts: The Statehood Debate: A weekend special on five historical moments that have brought the debate over Puerto Rican statehood up to the present.
March 14: Political Thrillers: Tom Clancy: A thrilling series kicks off with the guilty pleasures of my childhood favorite novelist.
March 15: Political Thrillers: Ripley and Bourne: The series continues with two complex, thrilling, and very American characters.
March 16: Political Thrillers: The Pelican Brief: What’s not particularly political about the John Grisham thriller and what is, as the series rolls on.
March 17: Political Thrillers: Enemy of the State: The underrated political thriller that’s as prescient as it is paranoid.
March 18: Political Thrillers: Manchurian Candidates: The series concludes with political thrillers on page and screen, and how reality might trump both of them.
March 19-20: Crowd-sourced Thrillers: Really interesting responses and arguments from one fellow ThrillerStudier—please add your own in comments!
March 21: NeMLA Recaps: Public School Visits: A series recapping the 2016 Northeast MLA convention in Hartford starts with Thursday’s first steps toward connecting NeMLA to public schools.
March 22: NeMLA Recaps: The Public Humanities: The series continues with highlights from Friday’s presidential sessions on public humanities, leading up to Jelani Cobb’s keynote address!
March 23: NeMLA Recaps: Creative Readings: Takeaways from three impressive creative writers featured at the conference, as the series rolls on.
March 24: NeMLA Recaps: The State of the Academy: Three distinct but interconnected issues that came up in Saturday’s presidential sessions on higher ed.
March 25: NeMLA Recaps: Many Thanks: The series concludes with a few of the many thanks I have to express to all those who made the conference so successful.
March 26-27: What’s Next for NeMLA: Three ways you can get involved in next year’s NeMLA Convention in Baltimore and with the great organization as we move forward.
March 28: 19th Century Humor: Irving’s Knickerbocker: An April Fool’s series starts with Washington Irving’s ahead-of-its-time satire.
March 29: 19th Century Humor: Fanny Fern: The series continues with the very serious side to one of our most talented humorists.
March 30: 19th Century Humor: Mary E. Wilkins Freeman: The New England regional writer and story that are funny, wise, and anything but narrow, as the series continues.
March 31: 19th Century Humor: Melville’s Chimney: The deeply strange story that proves that ambiguity and allegory can be funny.
April 1: 19th Century Humor: Ah Sin: The series concludes with Mark Twain and Bret Harte’s play and the fine line between satire and stereotypes.
Next series starts Monday,
Ben
PS. Topics you’d like to see covered in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to contribute? Lemme know!

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