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Next Thursday (February 26) at 5:00PM in Betts AuditoriumStudents for Prison Education and Reform, cosponsored by the Program in American Studies and Program in Latino Studies, will be screening the Ken Burns' documentary, The Central Park Fivefollowed by a panel that includes Raymond Santana, one of the wrongfully convicted men featured in the documentary. Since his release, Mr. Santana has become involved in juvenile justice reform (as he was only a child when convicted), particularly advocating for an increase at the age at which juveniles are tried as adults in New York. 
The panel will also feature Craig Levine, the senior counsel for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice and a key figure in juvenile justice reform in New Jersey. Five Mualimm-ak, founder of the Incarcerated Nation Corporation, will also be speaking on the panel. The panelists will discuss the ways that we can make the justice system more humane and effective system for kids, and prevent injustices similar to those that occurred in the case of the Central Park Five. 
A poster is attached to this email.  Further information on the Central Park Five & False Confessions can be found here

Program in American Studie
February 10, 2015
4:30 pm
McCormick Hall 106

Shalini Shankar
Associate Professor and Interim Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Anthropology
Director, Asian American Studies Program
Northwestern University
Assembling Race: Ethnographies of Language and Media Production Among Asian Americans
This talk investigates modalities through which racial and ethnic meanings are produced for mass-mediated circulation in a so-called post-racial society and studies the subjective consequences for Asian Americans. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork with advertising agencies and at spelling bees, Shankar employs the concept of assemblage to consider how race and ethnicity are vetted and constructed for media consumption through visual, linguistic, and material semiotics.
Shalini Shankar is a cultural and linguistic anthropologist whose interests include race, ethnicity, language, semiotics, capitalism, media and youth. Shankar received her BA from Wesleyan University (CT) and her MA and Ph.D. from New York University. She has conducted ethnographic research with South Asian American communities and with Asian American advertising executives in New York and California. Her books include Advertising Diversity: Ad Agencies and the Creation of Asian American Consumers (Duke University Press, April 2015) and Desi Land: Teen Culture, Class, and Success in Silicon Valley (Duke University Press, 2008), as well as a co-edited volume Language and Materiality: Theoretical and Ethnographic Explorations (Oxford University Press, under review). Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, The Spencer Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and other sources. She has published numerous journal articles in Anthropology, Asian American Studies, and other fields. She is currently conducting fieldwork for her project, “The Business of Spelling: Branded Bees, Neoliberal Socialization, and Language Commodification,” in New York, New Jersey, and other sites, focusing on spelling bees, spellers, families, and media producers.

Cosponsored with the Department of Anthropology, the Council of the Humanities, and the Program in American Studies

Informal presentations of the work of students in
AMS 358 / HUM 358
Electronic Literature: Lineage, Theory and Contemporary Practice
Tuesday, February 3
Princeton Center for Digital Humanities
-N-10 Green Hall
See here for more info

February 4, 2015
4:30 pm
McCormick Hall 106

Mel Yuen-Ching Chen
Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies
Director, Center for the Study of Sexual Culture
University of California, Berkeley
The Disability in Racial Dystopias
This talk brings under the framework of "racial dystopia" the racialization of environment through and with the invocation of disability, focusing on selected literary works as well as my archival research on drug laws that involve racial enmeshments and the control of human encounters with inhuman substances. I ask about the constitution of logics that inform such diverse attributions as post-Asian, post-American, post-human and post-race.
Mel Y. Chen is Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at U.C. Berkeley, and is the author of Animacies: Biopolitics, Racial Mattering, and Queer Affect (Duke, 2012, winner of the Alan Bray Memorial Award, MLA) as well as articles in diverse publications such as Amerasia, Discourse, Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, GLQ, and Women in Performance. With Jasbir K. Puar, Chen is coeditor of the new Duke book series entitled Anima. Chen serves on the Board of Directors of the Society for Disability Studies.

Cosponsored with the Department of English, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Program in American Studies, and the Council of the Humanities

February 2, 2015
4:30 pm
McCormick Hall 106

Martin F. Manalansan IV
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies
Conrad Professorial Scholar in the Humanities
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Queer Metrics: Towards An Anthropology of Small Things

We live in an age of metrics. Value, personhood, and survival are appraised, calculated and evaluated according to imposed sets of official measures and standards. Using an ethnography of a single household of queer undocumented immigrants in New York City, this presentation explores a queer anti-metric stance and process as alternatives to the world gone mad on regulated appraisals and assessments by a focus on the pivotal force of mess and the vitality of small things.

Martin F. Manalansan IV is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Asian American Studies and a Conrad Professorial Humanities Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is an affiliate faculty in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, the Global Studies Program and the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory. He is the author of Global Divas: Filipino Gay Men in the Diaspora (Duke University Press, 2003; Ateneo de Manila University Press, 2006) which was awarded the Ruth Benedict Prize in 2003. He is editor/co-editor of three anthologies namely, Cultural Compass: Ethnographic Explorations of Asian America (Temple University Press, 2000) and Queer Globalizations: Citizenship and the Afterlife of Colonialism (New York University Press, 2002), Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader (New York University Press, 2013) as well as a special issue of International Migration Review on gender and migration. Presently, he is Social Science Review Editor of GLQ: a journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies.

Cosponsored by the Department of Anthropology, the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the Council of the Humanities

Book Party
Studies in Postwar America Political Development

by Professor Naomi Murakawa

Thursday, January 15, 2015
Prospect House

The Photographer as Sociologist/The Historian as Photographer

Sunday, November 16, 2014
4:30 p.m.
"Dorothea Lange:  Grab a Hunk of Lightning" 
film screening of PBS American Masters series documentary followed by discussion with the filmmaker, Dyanna Taylor, Anschutz Distinguished Fellow Richard Steven Street and Professor Linda Gordon of NYU

Monday, November 17
4:30 p.m.
"Photographer's Double/Searching for Cover:  The Historian as Photographer/the Photographer as Historian"
Richard Steven Street will explore the challenge of crossing disciplines to carry on, extend, and amplify the work of Dorothea Lange.  Followed by discussion with Dr. Street, Ms. Taylor, and Professor Martha Sandweiss

Bios of participants

both events in 101 McCormick Hall

cosponsored by the Program in Visual Arts, the Department of History, the Department of Sociology, The Department of Art and Archaeology, and the Princeton Art Museum

supported by a generous gift of Philip F. Anschutz and family

free and open to the public

For video of the talk please click here

The Princeton University
Constitution Day Lecture

Representative Rush Holt
Search and Seizure in the Snowden Era

September 16, 2014
4:30 p.m.
50 McCosh Hall

Presented by
the Program in American Studies
the Program in Law and Public Affairs and
the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions
Supported by the Office of the Provost

For video of the lecture, please click here.

Representative Rush Holt

Guests at reception

Guests at reception