Program in American StudiesWestern Social Science

American Studies Speakers' Series

Each year, the Centre for American Studies Speakers' Series invites diverse and dynamic speakers to Western to engage students and faculty in discussions about American culture, history, politics, and current events. Admission is free for all events, and everyone is welcome to attend. The Speakers' Series is sponsored by the Centre for American Studies and generously supported by the Consulate General of the United States.

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Dr. Katie Batza
November 16, 2017, UCC 41, 4:30 p.m.

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Dr. Katie Batza is an Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at University of Kansas. Her book Before AIDS: Gay Health Politics in the 1970s will be available from the University of Pennsylvania Press in the spring of 2018. Her work explores the intersection of sexuality, health, and politics in Post-WWII United States and has appeared in various publications including the
Journal of Women 's History and has earned her many grants and awards. Last summer she won a stipend from the National Endowment of the Humanities for her second book project on the early AIDS epidemic in the US Heartland. She has also been working in collaboration with the U.S. National Parks Service's LGBTQ Initiative to ensure that historical sites and landmarks become more inclusive and representative of LGBTQ historical events and people.


Dr. Elizabeth Hoover and Dustin Garcia
March 27, 2017, SSC 2036, 7:00 p.m.

The Fire Was Ignited Within Us

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February 1, 2017, SSC 2028, 4:30 p.m.

Obama Dreams in Trumpland

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Robert Perkinson is an Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. He is the author of Texas Tough: The Rise of America’s Prison Empire (Metropolitan/Henry Holt, 2010), a history of racism, politics, and imprisonment from slavery to the present. His research areas include political history, international relations, and criminal justice, and he has been published in the New York Times, Boston Review, The Nation, New Republic, and in scholarly journals. From 2010 to 2015, Perkinson directed the State of Hawai‘i’s bid to establish an Obama presidential center in Honolulu.

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October 25, 2016

War for the Soul of America

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September 29, 2015

Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille

'An American in Paris in the Days of the Revolution; Gouverneur Morris in the Salons.'

Gérard Hugues is Professeur des Universités at Aix-Marseille Université, and Director of the Laboratoire d’Études et de Recherche sur le Monde Anglophone (LERMA) at Aix-Marseille.   He is a specialist in later eighteenth and early nineteenth-century American literature and culture. He has been a Fullbright fellow at Louisana State University and is an Associate Scholar, Jefferson Memorial Foundation.   Among his several publications are Jefferson et l’Ouest: l’expédition Lewis and Clark (with Daniel Royot) (2008) and Images de guerre et guerre des images (with Karine Hildenbrand) (2005).

Tuesday, September 29, 3:30pm, Arts & Humanities Building 1B02. Everyone welcome.

Co-sponsored by the Centre for American Studies and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies.

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