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Sophie White Plans London Global Gateway Conference on "Slave Narratives in British and French America, 1700-1848"

May 22, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

On July 14–15, 2017, an international group of scholars will gather at Notre Dame's London Global Gateway for a conference called Slave Narratives in British And French America, 1700–1848.

Organized by Sophie White Read More >

Has President Trump Entered Impeachment Territory by Interfering with the FBI's Russian Probe?

May 17, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Join Bob Schmuhl on RTÉ Radio 1's "News at One" as he compares the questionable practices of Trump with those of Nixon and discusses the current state of the White House.  Schmuhl's comments Read More >

Assistant Professor Perin Gurel Publishes First Book

April 26, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

The Department of American Studies is thrilled to announce that Assistant Professor Perin Gurel has published her first book!  The Limits of Westernization: A Cultural History of America in Turkey examines the contradictory views held by Turkish citizens about their country's relationship with the U.S., discussing how such opposing opinions arose and how they influence contemporary U.S.-Turkey relations.  Gurel analyzes the complex local uses of "the West" to explain how the United States could become both the best and the worst in the Turkish political imagination. The book traces how ideas about westernization and America have influenced national history writing and policy making, as well as everyday affects and identities. Foregrounding shifting tropes about and from Turkey—a regional power that continues to dominate American visions for the "modernization" of the Middle East—Gürel also illuminates the transnational development of powerful political tropes, from "the Terrible Turk" to "the Islamic Terrorist." Read More >

2017 Senior Award Recipients Announced

April 20, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

The Department of American Studies and the John W. Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy are pleased to announce our 2017 Senior Awards winners. Congratulations to the following individuals:

The Professor James Withey Award – To a graduating senior in American Studies for notable achievement in writing: Jennifer Cha Read More >

Five Great Life Lessons from America’s Greatest Priest

April 11, 2017 Tessa Bangs

Irish Central published the five greatest life lessons that Robert Schmuhl, the Walter H. Annenberg-Edmund P. Joyce Professor of American Studies and Journalism at Notre Dame and the author of the recently published Fifty Years with Father Hesburgh: On and Off the Record Read More >

What Father Ted Taught Me

April 10, 2017 Daily Domer Staff

Bob Schmuhl reflects upon the life lessons learned through his relationship with Father Hesburgh. Read More >

Professor Erika Doss Publishes New Book

April 05, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Congratulations to Professor Erika Doss on the recent publication of her latest work, American Art of the 20th-21st Centuries.  The book charts the evolution of American art from the 1890s through today. Guided by three main themes--modernism, migration, and mobility--the text highlights the production, dissemination, and consumption of modern and contemporary American art in various settings. Dr. Doss explores a wide range of media within cultural, economic, political, social, and theoretical contexts and considers the varied styles, cultures, identities, and geographies that constitute American art in order to add definition to the broader concept of "America." Read More >

2017 Kobayashi Travel Fund Awardees Announced

April 03, 2017 Brandi Klingerman

Notre Dame Research has provided four researchers with awards from the Francis M. Kobayashi Travel Fund (KTF) program for 2017.  American Studies is proud to congratulate Associate Professor Sophie White on her selection! Read More >

Bob Schmuhl on America, the War & Ireland’s cause

March 30, 2017 Tessa Bangs

Originally published on RTE.

As Woodrow Wilson campaigned for re-election to the White House in 1916, he tried – as best he could – to keep foreign controversies and conflicts far removed from the concerns of American voters. On 4 August 1914 – the same day Great Britain declared war on Germany – Wilson proclaimed US neutrality in the Great War, and that presidential commitment two years later became the basis for the slogan – ‘He kept us out of war’ – Democrats constantly repeated to support their party’s standard bearer for a second term. Read More >

Kathleen Cummings edits new volume: "Holy See's Archives as Sources for American History."

March 27, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

The Department of American Studies congratulates Kathleen Sprows Cummings on her recently published volume, "Holy See's Archives as sources for American history."  The book, edited by Dr. Cummings and Professor Matteo Sanfilippo of the University of Tuscia, encourages the exploration of Roman archives in a transatlantic approach to U.S. Catholic history, and includes a chapter from John T. McGreevy, dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame.   Read More >