Agenda

Main Track
4:00pm

Welcome Remarks
with Stephen Enniss

Welcome Remarks
Presented by Stephen Enniss
Located in Prothro Theater, Harry Ransom Center

4:00pm

Keynote Address: "The Shadow of Slavery in American Public Life"
with Maurie McInnis

Keynote Address: "The Shadow of Slavery in American Public Life"
Presented by Maurie McInnis
Located in Prothro Theater, Harry Ransom Center

Across America, the physical structures of enslavement have been largely erased: slave quarters have fallen into ruin; the fields where people labored have been turned into housing developments; and the buildings where people were sold on the auction block have been replaced with skyscrapers. Nevertheless, slavery’s presence casts a long shadow over the landscape, both...

Main Track
9:00am

Introductory Remarks
with Randy Diehl

Introductory Remarks
Presented by Randy Diehl
Located in Prothro Theater, Harry Ransom Center

9:15am

Political Worlds
with Nate Blakeslee, Bill Bush, Angie Maxwell, Phil Tiemeyer, and Kathie Tovo

Political Worlds
Presented by Nate Blakeslee, Bill Bush, Angie Maxwell, Phil Tiemeyer, and Kathie Tovo
Located in Prothro Theater, Harry Ransom Center

We will begin the Political Worlds session by highlighting political issues that were key at the time the department was created 75 years ago. Using that historical moment as a jumping off point, panelists will address contemporary questions of citizenship, rights, and resistance. Finally, we will think through the ways in which American Studies has...

10:15am

Mediated Worlds
with Carly Kocurek, Rebecca Onion, Donn Rogosin, Siva Vaidhyanathan, David Wharton, and Allison Wright

Mediated Worlds
Presented by Carly Kocurek, Rebecca Onion, Donn Rogosin, Siva Vaidhyanathan, David Wharton, and Allison Wright
Located in Prothro Theater, Harry Ransom Center

From the printed word to the documentary and the digital landscape of the video game, American Studies scholars have historically utilized differing forms of media as both methods of investigation as well as subjects of critical analysis. Indeed, American Studies has arguably increasingly turned toward the area of the digital humanities not only as methodology,...

11:15am

Pedagogical Worlds
with Patricia Bradley, Dwonna Goldstone, Matt Hedstrom, Benita Heiskanen, Charles Kupfer, and Jonathan Silverman

Pedagogical Worlds
Presented by Patricia Bradley, Dwonna Goldstone, Matt Hedstrom, Benita Heiskanen, Charles Kupfer, and Jonathan Silverman
Located in Prothro Theater, Harry Ransom Center

This panel explores the state of university teaching from a wide-ranging American Studies perspective. The panelists’ conversations will encompass both the local dynamics of student-teacher interactions and broader institutional pressures, touching on topics such as student debt and student expectations, the professionalization of university degrees, technology’s impact on teaching practices, the shifting dimensions of graduate education, and getting...

12:15pm

Lunch

Lunch
Located in Prothro Theater, Harry Ransom Center

1:30pm

Curating Worlds I
with Alicia Barber, Tim Davis, Frank Goodyear, Nancy Baker Jones, Jim McNutt, and Jason Mellard

Curating Worlds I
Presented by Alicia Barber, Tim Davis, Frank Goodyear, Nancy Baker Jones, Jim McNutt, and Jason Mellard

American Studies fosters critical and multidisciplinary approaches that can be adopted across many fields and spaces. The folks included in this panel and the next are actively engaged in the programming and interpretation of American cultural history through academic institutions, museums, and heritage initiatives. Through the depth and breadth of their experience, we can better grasp...

2:30pm

Curating Worlds II
with Cindy Brandimarte, Francine Carraro, Joel Dinerstein, Chi Elliott, Danielle Brune Sigler, and Jan Todd

Curating Worlds II
Presented by Cindy Brandimarte, Francine Carraro, Joel Dinerstein, Chi Elliott, Danielle Brune Sigler, and Jan Todd
Located in Prothro Theater, Harry Ransom Center

American Studies prepares public scholars for work in many fields, including historical preservation, art and history museums, publishing, and education. In this panel, we will continue the discussion from the previous session, focusing on the many public roles our panelists fill as they take their work outside of the academy. We will consider the ways that...

3:30pm

Worlds of Higher Education
with Emily Cutrer, Laura Hernández-Ehrisman, Katherine Feo Kelly, Raymund Paredes, Maureen Reed, and Carolyn Thomas

Worlds of Higher Education
Presented by Emily Cutrer, Laura Hernández-Ehrisman, Katherine Feo Kelly, Raymund Paredes, Maureen Reed, and Carolyn Thomas
Located in Prothro Theater, Harry Ransom Center

American Studies is shaped by the landscape of higher education, both as a field at large and through the specific colleges and universities that make up our institutional homes. Participants on this panel work in ways that bring them into direct conversation with this landscape. Panelists intersect with the world of higher education in a...