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Colloquium Series Archive 2005-2006

This year American Studies is initiating a colloquium series, American Studies in the 21st Century. It is co-sponsored by American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano Studies, Department of English, Department of History, and Mas Color(s). We are inviting colleagues from other universities, as well as from the University of Minnesota, to discuss their research. We look forward to thinking with them and with one another about the important research issues that will confront us in the decades ahead.

We encourage faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students to participate in these colloquia. Our intention is to create a lively forum for discussion and exchange, and the colleagues we have invited anticipate that sort of engagement. Most of our speakers are presenting work in progress and are interested in discussion and responses to new ideas and problems that they are considering.

We look forward to seeing you at our series. The Fall 2005 Schedule follows Spring 2006. Please scroll down.

Schedule of American Studies in the 21st Century Speakers

January 30, 2006 at 3:30 p.m.
Scott Hall Commons (Rm 105)
Josie Saldana-Portillo
"From the Borderlands to the Transnational: Critiquing Empire in the 21st Century." Reception to follow.

February 20, 2006 at 3:30 p.m.
Walter Library Room 101
Phil Deloria
"From Nation to Neighborhood: Imperialism, Colonialism and American (Indian) Studies." Reception to follow.

February 27, 2006 at 3:30 p.m.
Walter Library Room 101
Cynthia Wu
"What's Disability Got to Do With It? Japanese Americans, Military Service and the U.S. Empire During World War II." Reception to follow.

April 17, 2006 at 3:30 p.m.
Scott Hall Commons (Rm 105)
Kirsten Fischer
"Deism in the Early Republic: Debating the Role of Religion in the Public Sphere." Reception to follow.

October 24, 2005 at 3:00 p.m.
President's Room of Coffman Memorial Union
Kandice Chuh
"Elastic, Plastic, Fantastic: Karen Tei Yamashita's Paradigm Busting Extraordinary Fictions."

November 14, 2005 at 3:30 p.m.
Scott Hall Commons (Rm 105)
Doug Hartman, Penny Edgell
"The New American Mosaic: Race, Religion and the Problematic Culture of Diversity."

November 28, 2005 at 3:30 p.m.
Scott Hall Commons (Rm 105)
Karen Ho
"Anthropology Goes to Wall Street: Global Claims and Economic Myths in the Everyday Construction of a Market."

Speaker Bios

Kandice Chuh is an Associate Professor and the Associate Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Maryland. She received her Ph. D. and M.A. in English Literature from the University of Washington and her B.A. in English and Women's Studies from Colgate University. Chuh is affiliate faculty to the Asian American Studies Program and the American Studies department. She is co-editor with Karen Shimakawa of Orientations: Mapping Studies in the Asian Diaspora (Duke UP, 2001) and author of Imagine Otherwise: On Asian Americanist Critique (Duke UP, 2003), winner of the American Studies Association 2004 Lora Romero First Book Publication Prize.

Douglas Hartmann is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. His interests are in the intersections of race and culture in contemporary social life. He is co-author with Stephen Cornell of Ethnicity and Race: Making Identities in a Changing World (Pine Forge, 1998) and author of Race, Culture, and the Revolt of the Black Athlete: The 1968 Olympic Protests and their Aftermath (Chicago, 2003). Ongoing projects include research on the diverse experiences of young adulthood, the connection of race and sport in midnight basketball leagues, and American pluralism through the lenses of race and religion.

Penny Edgell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Minnesota. Her research has focused on how moral culture shapes conflict and decision-making in religious communities and influences dynamics of inclusion and exclusion along the lines of family form, race, gender, and social class. She is the author of Congregations in Conflict (Cambridge, 1999) and Religion and Family in a Changing Society (Princeton, 2005). Her current research examines the links between religion and racial attitudes, the formation of family ideals in diverse religious communities, and how religious belonging shapes work-family strategies.

Karen Ho is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph. D. from Princeton University in 2003. Her publications include (with Wende Marshall), "Criminality and Citizenship: Implicating the White Nation." In Race Consciousness: African American Studies for the New Century (1997).

Maria Josefina Saldaña-Portillo is a visiting Associate Professor of English at Rutgers University. She received her B.A. from Yale and her Ph.D. from Sanford. She specializes in postmodern and modern fiction. She is the author of The Revolutionary Imagination in the Americas and the Age of Development (Duke University Press, 2003). Professor Saldana-Portillo is also researching the economic causes and political consequences of recent Mexican immigration to the New York metropolitan area.

Philip J. Deloria is a Professor of American Culture and History at the University of Michigan. He is also the Director of the Program in American Culture. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University in 1994. His recent publications include Indians in Unexpected Places (University Press of Kansas, 2004) and The Blackwell Companion to American Indian History, co-edited with Neal Salibury (Cambridge: Blackwell, 2002).

Cynthia Wu is a visiting professor in the American Studies Department at Macalester College. She received her B.A. in English from Bryn Mawr College, her M.A. in English from the University of Michigan, and her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Michigan. Wu is a literary and cultural critic who teaches courses in Asian American literature and disability studies. She is currently at work on a book manuscript examining representations of the nineteenth-century freak show performers, Chang and Eng Bunker, in the literary and medical record.

Kirsten Fischer is an associate professor in the History Department at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. from Duke University. Her focus is on Colonial/Revolutionary America and US Social and intellectual history. Her recent publications include “Suspect Relations: Sex, Race, and Resistance in Colonial North Carolina” (Ithaca:Cornell University Press, 2002), and “The Imperial Gaze: Native American, African American, and Colonial Women in European Eyes,” The Blackwell Companion to American Women’s History (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishers, 2002).