MacTalks with Karin Aguilar-San Juan
We asked some of our favorite Mac professors to talk for ten minutes on the topic, "What's it all about?"
Speculating About the Future
African American Lit professor andré carrington ’03 looks to science fiction, fantasy and related genres for clues to the cultural politics of the future.
Why Keeping Up Matters: The Kardashians as a Reflection of Society
For her American studies capstone, Selena Pruitt ’16 watched Keeping Up with the Kardashians to uncover insights into “the best and worst” of American culture.
Adopted from China
In her one-woman show, Julia Gay ’16 explores the love and the loss of being born Chinese and growing up in the West.
Vietnam War, Revisited
A campus symposium looks back on the ’60s peace movement.
Slave Trade History
Students in Professor Linda Sturtz’s Transatlantic Slave Trade course read narratives written by former slaves and created maps to tell their stories.
Making College Possible
An internship with College Possible inspired Lillian Hexter ’16 to pursue a career that combines fundraising and social justice.
American Studies serves as the academic focal point for the study of race and ethnicity in a national and transnational frame.
The department provides an interdisciplinary approach to the study of racial categories and racialized experiences in the United States by encouraging close and systematic examination of a wide range of cultural and political narratives, and by creating structured opportunities to apply theoretical concepts in concrete settings of civic engagement.
Civic engagement is an essential component of the American Studies major in the form of a required seminar, "Where Theory Meets Practice," in the junior year.
This course is taught by Professor Karin Aguilar San-Juan on the topic “Schools and Prisons.” Public scholarship entails sharing our training, skills, and interests as scholars and students with our peers on other campuses and also with interested members of non-academic communities in the Twin Cities.