Masses: The Graduate Program in American Studies Spring 2015 Symposium


9:45am -10am - Coffee and Tea Service
10am-10:15am - Welcome - Introductory Remarks 
Dr. Mary Rizzo - Associate Director of Digital & Public Humanities Initiatives for American Studies and History
10:15am to 11:15am - Bodies, (e)Motion, Action
Bernie Lombardi (PhD) - Re-thinking African Diaspora 
Theory with New-Wave African Immigration
Andy Lester (PhD) - ”Tension leads to resolution, to movement”: Mobilizations for Homosexual Rights in SIR’s Vector and the Advent of Gay Liberation
Katie Singer (PhD) - And Every One an Activist
11:30am to 12:30pm - Tails, Lives, and Nostalgia 
Erica Tom (PhD) - Cowboys, Indians, and Others: Understanding the Function of the Horse-Human Relationship in Contemporary Literature, Media, and Life in America.
Steve McNulty (PhD) - Desiring Data: Memes, Aggregation, and Biopolitics.
Dr. Samantha Boardman - Metropolitan Memento Mori: Mass Memorialization of the Urban Landscape in the 
Samuel L. Berg Photo Collection
12:30pm to 1:15pm - Lunch - Light Fare 
1:30pm-2:45 - Making Masses: When Creativity and Scholarship Meet - Panel Discussion 
An informal conversation roundtable between current American Studies graduate students and faculty about individual and collective processes as aspiring/working artist-scholars within the Rutgers-Newark American Studies Program. Each participant will share a current creative and/or scholarly work or project and discuss its context, intent and reception(s).
Anna Alves (PhD) - “Mixipino”
Naomi Extra (PhD) - "On Bending the Gaze As Resistance: From Cosby Show to How to Get Away With Murder”
Addie Mahmassani (PhD) - Watching, reading, and writing Westerns--brief creative pieces inspired by Western films. The piece she will share for the symposium focuses on Frederick Jackson Turner's "safety valve" theory of the West as a jumping off point and explores the notion of the "West as an escape."
Katie Singer (PhD) - will discuss the way the arts figure into her scholarly work, even as she reads for her upcoming exams. She will be sharing a piece of her creative writing. 
Dr. James Goodman -  Bridging creative work and academic scholarship. 
2:45pm to 3:00pm - Conclusion - Closing Remarks
Dr. Jyl Josephson - Interim Director, Program in American Studies




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