On Oct. 17th, Cornell University’s Board of Trustees appointed Prof. Shirley Samuels as Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies. This professorship, inaugurated by Prof. Glenn Altschuler in 1998, honors the Litwins’ passion for the study of literature, culture, and American herit...Read More
American Studies Program
The American Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary engagement with what America means in the United States and in a global context. Faculty encourage students to look at the meaning and reality of the evolving United States as a question still in need of answering and as an experiment still in process, not as a dream fully realized. We use multiple perspectives and methodologies and require that students synthesize knowledge in ways that develop the skills needed for rigorous, complex analysis.
American Studies News
The launch of Social Fabric: Land, Labor, and the World the Textile Industry Created, which is part of a larger series of exhibits called Threads of History: Textiles at Cornell, highlights AMST senior Claudia León's work about marginalized garment workers throughout histories.Read More
Affirmative action still has a vital role to play for addressing the history of discrimination: perspective by Glenn AltschulerRead More
The Asian American Studies Program will hold a symposium with second director Gary Okihiro and other events this year.Read More
Derrick Spires, Edward Baptist, and Gerard Aching help tell the story of the man born into slavery who became an advocate for African American freedom.Read More
The internationally-renowned Indigenous Canadian Kaha:wi Dance Theatre will perform their poignant "The Mush Hole" at Cornell on Friday, Oct. 28.Read More
"Healthy is not a neutral one-size-fits-all concept," says Adrienne Bitar, an expert in the history and culture of American food.Read More
Professors Glenn Altschuler, PhD ’76, and Stuart Blumin take a deep dive into the borough once known as the "city of churches."Read More
Student Spotlight: Michelle Fleurantin '17
An American Studies and Sociology double major, Michelle Fleurantin says Professor Sabine Haenni "was one of the most significant influencers of my Cornell education. Before taking her Introduction to American Studies course, I struggled to find a major that encapsulated my academic interests. She showed me how American Studies would provide me with an interdisciplinary education that would change my world view and prepare me to be a well-rounded problem-solver."
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