Saturday, December 3, 2016
December 3-4, 2016: November 2016 Recap
[A Recap of the month that was in AmericanStudying.]
October 31: ElectionStudying: 1800: A series on pivotal elections kicks off with the moment that did yet ultimately didn’t change things in post-Revolutionary America.
November 1: ElectionStudying: 1864: The series continues with one good and one very bad thing about a crucial wartime election.
November 2: ElectionStudying: 1876: How an AmericanStudies approach can help us understand a controversial—and frustratingly relevant—election, as the series rolls on.
November 3: ElectionStudying: 1948: A couple significant AmericanStudies stories beyond “Dewey Defeats Truman.”
November 4: ElectionStudying: 1994: The series concludes with three ways that the midterm elections foreshadowed 21st century American politics.
November 5-6: ElectionStudying the Media: Before the most frustrating election of my lifetime, I highlighted where the media had let us down, and where it had lived up to our ideals.
November 7: Veterans Days: The Bonus Army: A Veterans Day series kicks off with the radical veterans movement that ended in both tragedy and success.
November 8: Veterans Days: Miyoko Hikiji: The series continues with the book, author, and political candidate that can bring our veterans conversations into the 21st century.
November 9: Veterans Days: The Harrisburg Veterans Parade: One of the terrible, and then one of the great, American moments, as the series rolls on.
November 10: Veterans Days: Veterans’ Organizations: The distinct and often contrasting reasons why veterans’ organizations are founded.
November 11: Veterans Days: The Best Years of Our Lives: The series concludes with the film and performance that capture the spectrum and significance of veterans’ experiences.
November 12-13: Crowd-sourced Veterans Days and Election 2016: My latest crowd-sourced post features responses to both the week’s series and the election—add yours in comments!
November 14: Stranger (Things) Studying: Dungeons & Dragons: A series inspired by the year’s pop culture sensation starts with the stigmas and benefits of role-playing games.
November 15: Stranger (Things) Studying: Weird Sciences: The series continues with two sides to science in 80s pop culture, and how Stranger Things engages with both.
November 16: Stranger (Things) Studying: Lost Boys: Contextualizing and challenging 80s texts that feature boys adrift, as the series rolls on.
November 17: Stranger (Things) Studying: Pretty (Badass) Woman: StrangerStudying the show’s three badass female leads (with apologies to a much-lamented fourth, Barb).
November 18: Stranger (Things) Studying: ‘80s Nostalgia: The series concludes with three layers to the show’s nostalgic embrace of all things 80s.
November 19-23: Jeff Renye on Stranger Things: The New Weird Made Old?: I’m very thankful for my latest Guest Post, my friend and colleague Jeff on the show and the weird tale.
November 24-27: Thanksgiving and Supporting an Inclusive American Community: I’m also thankful for efforts to support Standing Rock, immigrant aid, and visions of an inclusive America—please add your suggestions for such efforts in comments!
November 28: James MonroeStudying: Ash Lawn-Highland: A series on the 200th anniversary of Monroe’s inauguration starts with the uses of his historic home.
November 29: James MonroeStudying: Slavery and the Founders: The series continues with two ways Monroe’s biography extends and amplifies a originating American truth.
November 30: James MonroeStudying: Expanding America: Three ways Monroe’s public service reflects a geographically and globally expanding nation, as the series rolls on.
December 1: James MonroeStudying: The Monroe Doctrine: The limits and possibilities of Monroe’s signature policy.
December 2: James MonroeStudying: Remembering Monroe: The series concludes with whether and how to better remember a lesser-known president like Monroe.
Next series starts Monday,
PS. Topics you’d like to see covered in this space? Guest Posts you’d like to write? Lemme know!