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Glenn Altschuler, Thomas and Dorothy Litwin Professor of American Studies is retiring on January 1, 2024./news/highlighting-glenn-altschulers-40-years-cornell-and-contributions-american-studies
Jamelle Bouie, columnist for the New York Times, will be the featured speaker at the 2023 Daniel W. Kops Freedom of the Press Lecture Sept. 12.https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2023/09/nyt-columnist-be-featured-kops-lecture
Nexus Scholars spent eight weeks this summer working with researchers on campus on projects in the humanities, social sciences and physical sciences./news/undergrads-relish-challenging-nexus-scholar-projects
Rachel Bean, the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor in the Department of Astronomy and senior associate dean for math and science, has been named interim A&S dean.https://news.cornell.edu/stories/2023/07/dean-jayawardhana-named-provost-johns-hopkins
Commentary in the Washington Post: Americans have never agreed about what should be taught when it comes to our nation’s history and government, which has real implications for schoolchildren.
This summer, 101 students in the College of Arts and Sciences will take part in groundbreaking research on campus with 61 faculty as part of the Nexus Scholars Program./news/nexus-scholars-program-expands-research-opportunities-101-students
Claudia León is an American Studies major./news/ive-learned-about-and-connected-my-culture-ways-i-had-never-imagined
Rayna Klugherz is a history of art and American studies major./news/i-designed-website-highlights-contemporary-haudenosaunee-artists
Celia Shapiro is a government and American studies major./news/i-volunteered-study-hall-tutor-cornell-prison-education-program
May 2, MacArthur Fellow P. Gabrielle Foreman will give a talk, “Why Didn’t We Know?!: The Forgotten History of the Colored Conventions and 19th-Century Black Political Organizing,” on the history of 19th century Black activism./news/macarthur-fellow-give-krieger-lecture-19th-century-black-political-organizing
Professor Glenn Altschuler: results of the Tuesday election will affect the future of abortion and gerrymandering and shed key insight into constituent sentiment around judicial candidates.
On March 28, Andy Warner ’06, author of the memoir "Spring Rain" and several other books, will explore the power of graphic media to tell true stories./news/cornell-alum-speak-power-nonfiction-comics-21st-century
Cornell history maven Corey Earle ’07 is running a Twitter poll with 64 contenders—and you can vote./news/march-madness-contest-will-crown-top-fictional-alum
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 heritage.
Earning her B.A, M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Samuels began her career as an Assistant Professor of English at Princeton University in 1985. In 1986, she started teaching in what is now Cornell’s Department of Literatures in English. After serving in different administrative roles, such as Chair of History of Art and the Flora Rose House Professor, in 2017, she was appointed Director of Undergraduate Studies for American Studies and in 2021 she became Director of American Studies.
Samuels will teach American Voices: Performing America (ENGL 1158) in the upcoming spring semester, which focuses on drama.
Samuels’ work extends beyond the scope of the classroom as she has written or edited multiple books such as Facing America: Iconography and the Civil War. Her current work in progress is titled “Haunted by the Civil War: Cultural Testimony in the Nineteenth-Century United States.”
“I’ve always worked at a boundary, or set of boundaries, that includes literature, politics, history, visual culture, photography,” she notes. Samuels’ focus on the Civil War involves noticing its similarity to the current political divide in the United States. “I have the sense of being haunted by the resurgence of polarization in the United States resembling the north south polarization during the Civil War.” In developing arguments about the nineteenth century she notices, “Not only the resistance to ending the practice of slavery but also the resistance to thinking about different ideologies in the United States. It seems that almost 200 years later, we’re still doing that,” she adds.
The professorship will be effective Jan 1, 2023
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./news/claudia-leon-23-creates-display-case-cornell-exhibit
The minor is distinctive in including courses from many disciplines, from across Cornell’s schools and colleges./news/students-can-now-choose-new-minor-data-science
Affirmative action still has a vital role to play for addressing the history of discrimination: perspective by Glenn Altschuler
The Asian American Studies Program will hold a symposium with second director Gary Okihiro and other events this year./news/asian-american-studies-celebrates-35th-anniversary
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./news/words-battle-axes-professors-appear-frederick-douglass-film
The internationally-renowned Indigenous Canadian Kaha:wi Dance Theatre will perform their poignant "The Mush Hole" at Cornell on Friday, Oct. 28./news/indigenous-dance-troupe-show-focuses-residential-schools
"Healthy is not a neutral one-size-fits-all concept," says Adrienne Bitar, an expert in the history and culture of American food./news/whats-healthy-fda-tackles-notoriously-difficult-definition
Professors Glenn Altschuler, PhD ’76, and Stuart Blumin take a deep dive into the borough once known as the "city of churches."/news/book-explores-centuries-old-influence-protestant-brooklyn
Interview with AMST Affiliated Editor and Contributor of Millennial Feminism at Work Jane Juffer and Jael Goldfine
Editor Jane Juffer and contributor Jael Goldfine explain the inspiration and thought process of Millennial Feminism at Work/news/interview-amst-affiliated-editor-and-contributor-millennial-feminism-work-jane-juffer-and-jael
Journalist Tristan Ahtone and historian Robert Lee will talk about how Indigenous land expropriated by the 1862 Morrill Act is the foundation of the land-grant university system in the 2022 Kops Lecture./news/reporters-discuss-history-land-grab-universities-press-freedom-lecture
Tamika Nunley promoted to associate professor with indefinite tenure and named Sandler Family Faculty Fellow in the College of Arts & Sciences on July 1st, 2022./news/tamika-nunley-named-associate-professor-and-sandler-family-faculty-fellow
Klarman Fellows pursue research in any discipline in the College, including natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and the creative arts as well as cross-disciplinary fields. The application deadline is October 14./news/opens-application-portal-klarman-postdoc-fellowships
A&S faculty will lead many courses on campus and join educational vacations as part of Cornell Adult University./news/learn-travel-cornell-alumni-faculty-summer
History shows that ethnic and racial diversity has proved to be renewal, not replacement, writes Glenn Altschuler in Washington Post commentary./news/great-replacement-theory-rises-again-ending-tragedy
Steeped in Big Red lore since childhood, they ponder their favorite artifacts, what Ezra would think of today’s University, and more./news/history-brothers-chat-evan-earle-02-ms-14-and-corey-earle-07
Kathryn Stamm is a Literatures in English and American Studies major./news/i-learned-ask-questions-curiosity-rather-need-be-right