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Discovering the Limitations of Statues

August 21, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

In this New York Times article, Erika Doss discusses the varying value of monuments.  “Memorials and monuments have a life span, not unlike the human body. They’re symbols at certain moments. Values change, histories change.” Read More >

Presidency of Donald Trump... In chaos, and at a crossroads

August 07, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

This week, the US president's approval rating dipped below 40 percent for the first time as the Republican party started to question its allegiance to Trump. Now the future of his presidency hinges on the outcome of an inquiry into Russian election meddling and whether the new chief of staff can restore order in the West Wing, writes Professor Robert Schmuhl. Read More >

Kelly comes into a 'battle-weary and battle-prone' White House

August 01, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Bob Schmuhl, Professor of American Studies at the University of Notre Dame, analyzes the ousting of Anthony Scaramucci as Donald Trump's communications chief.  Listen to the RTE Radio 1 Morning Ireland interview here Read More >

Laura Dassow Walls Publishes New Biography of Thoreau

July 06, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Happy 200th Henry David Thoreau: New bio reframes naturalist, activist and philosopher

By Tom Montgomery Fate
Chicago Tribune
July 5, 2017

July 12 marks the bicentennial of the birth of writer-philosopher Henry David Thoreau, who is best known for his nature memoir, "Walden:Or, Life in the Woods," which stems from the two years (1845-47) he lived in a 10-by-15-foot cabin on the banks of Walden Pond near Concord, Mass. Over the years many biographers have tried to capture the life of Thoreau, each through a different lens of understanding: Thoreau as the transcendentalist, who, with Ralph Waldo Emerson and others, introduced a new philosophical movement. Or Thoreau as the naturalist, who carefully studied and recorded the ecology of the Concord area. Or Thoreau as the political activist, who spent a night in jail rather than pay his poll tax, and who fervently defended abolitionist John Brown. Or Thoreau as the low-tech poet-monk who sought to live a less material and more deliberate life amid the fevered industrialization of the mid-19th century. Read More >

New York Times editor Richard G. Jones named Annenberg Director of the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy

June 06, 2017 Notre Dame News

Richard G. Jones, an associate editor at The New York Times and a veteran journalism educator, is joining the University of Notre Dame this fall as the Annenberg Director of the Gallivan Program in Journalism, Ethics and Democracy in the Department of American Studies. Jones leads the Times’ newsroom summer internship program and The New York Times Student Journalism Institute, a two-week professional development program for collegiate members of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Read More >

Schmuhl Edits New Edition of Max Lerner's "Wounded Titans"

June 01, 2017 Rebecca Corrente

Robert Schmuhl has edited a new edition of Max Lerner's Wounded Titans, to be published by Arcade on June 6, 2017.  

Lerner, the first W. Harold and Martha Welch Chair in American Studies at Notre Dame, "taught generations of Americans about their government. For almost half a century, the office of the presidency preoccupied his prodigious energies and unparalleled expertise. Lerner not only wrote about the men who inhabited the Oval Office during that time, he knew them personally, from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Bill Clinton—and he knew what made them tick. Here are Lerner’s complete writings on the presidency and American presidents.
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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 >