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Colloquium Series Archive 2006-2007

This year marks our 2nd annual colloquium series, American Studies in the 21st Century. It is co-sponsored by Anthropology, Chicano Studies, the Institute for Advanced Study, and Asian American Studies. 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.

Schedule of American Studies in the 21st Century Speakers

Monday, February 19th, 3:30 p.m.
105 Scott Hall Commons
"The Search for Rational Religion in the Early Republic"

Kirsten Fischer is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. from Duke University (1994). 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). Her first book explores gender, sexuality, and the construction of racial ideologies in early America. She is currently writing a book on deism and the quest for a rational religion in the early Republic.

Monday, March 26, 3:30 p.m.
101 Walter Library
"Porous Sovereignty/Walled Democracy"

Wendy Brown is a Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Princeton University (1983). Her recent publications include Left Legalism/Left Critique, co-edited with Janet Halley (Duke, 2002), Edgework: Critical Essays in Knowledge and Politics (Princeton, 2005), and Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire (forthcoming, Princeton, 2006). Her fields of interest include history of political theory, nineteenth and twentieth century Continental theory, critical theory and cultural theory (including postcolonial, feminist, and critical race theory). Her current research focuses on the relationship of theories of political sovereignty to global capital and other transnational forces.

Fall 2006 Speakers

October 16, 3:30 p.m.
Walter Library room 402, Reception in room 401
"Latino Spin: The Battle over Latinos' Public Image"

Arlene Davila is a Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at New York University. She received her Ph.D from CUNY (1996) and her M.A. from NYU (1990). She is the author of Latinos, Inc.: The Marketing and Making of a People (UC Press) and Barrio Dreams: Puerto Ricans, Latinos and the Neoliberal City (UC Press). Her research is about popular culture, media and urban cultures. She is interested in Latinos nationwide and Puerto Ricans in the eastern US.

November 20, 3:30 p.m.
Walter Library room 101
"Why American Studies Needs to Think about Korean Cinema"

Christina Klein is an Associate Professor of English at Boston College. She received her B.A. from Wesleyan University (1986) and her Ph.D. from Yale University (1997). Her publications include Cold War Orientalism: Asia in the Middlebrow Imagination, 1945-1961 (University of California Press, 2003) and "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: A Diasporic Reading" in Cinema Journal (2004). Her specializations include American studies, film studies, the literature and culture of America’s encounters with Asia. She is currently writing a book about globalization of U.S. and Asian film industries.