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Workshop in American Studies

The Workshop in American Studies brings together students and faculty from the wide range of departments that contribute to the Program in American Studies. By encouraging a diversity of topics from researchers from a variety of departments, we hope the Workshop highlights the advantages of the "in-between" disciplinary space that American Studies inhabits at Princeton. Our goal is to provide a forum where presenters can receive feedback from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives and participants can be exposed to new methodologies and new topics for research. Moreover, we hope to foster a community of advanced undergraduates, graduate students and faculty who share in the common project of researching the American experience.

The format of the workshop is that the speaker introduces the paper for ten minutes and then we open up the floor to questions.  Copies of the papers are made available outside the American Studies office, 42 McCosh Hall.

As lunch is provided at noon workshops, we require reservations.  Please contact the AMS Program office, 42 McCosh Hall, 258-4710, or email


Spring 2014

Monday, February 17, 210 Dickinson Hall, 12:00-1:20
Marianne Hirsch, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and
Professor in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender   
School Pictures in Liquid Time: Assimilation, Exclusion, Resistance
Cosponsored by the Department of English, the Department of Comparative Literature, and the Program in Judaic Studies
Tuesday, March 11, 102 Jones Hall, 12:00-1:20
Andrea Thome, Playwright (Pinkolandia; Undone) and the Program Director of the Mexico-US
Playwright Exchange at the Lark Play Development Center
Confronting our Parents' Dictatorship: A New Generation of Chilean Theater-Makers Uncovers the Ongoing Legacy of Political Violence
Cosponsored by the Program in Theater
Monday, March 24, 210 Dickinson Hall, 12:00-1:20
Sara Dubow, Associate Professor of History at Williams College
“A Constitutional Right Rendered Utterly Meaningless”: Conscience Clauses and Abortion Politics,
Cosponsored by the Program in Law and Public Affairs and the Modern America Workshop
Monday, April 21, 210 Dickinson Hall, 12:00-1:20
Sarah Stillman, Staff writer, The New Yorker
Reporting the Under-Reported
Cosponsored by the Council of the Humanities
Monday, April 28, 210 Dickinson Hall, 12:00-1:20
Barbara Fried, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Facing up to Scarcity
Cosponsored by the Program in Law and Public Affairs
Monday, May 5, 210 Dickinson Hall, 12:00-1:20
Dorothy Roberts, Professor of Law and Sociology and Professor of Civil Rights, University of Pennsylvania
“Loving v. Virginia” as a Civil Rights Decision
Cosponsored by the Center for African American Studies and the Program in Law and Public Affairs