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AMST professor Whaley participates in "Addressing Equity in the Classroom Setting During Times of Change: Tools for Faculty"

The Covid-19 pandemic, combined with the nationwide protests following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, have laid bare the racial disparities that exist in education, healthcare, political participation, and other systems in the United States. These disparities and inequities accompany students as they enter into the learning spaces at the University of Iowa and can be exacerbated by the pedagogical approaches used. In the wake of the sudden changes in teaching during spring 2020 and the continued uncertainties that are accompanying the start of the 2020-2021 academic year, attention to equity in the student experience is paramount.
Travis Vogan

Vogan quoted in New York Times article

Travis Vogan, Associate Professor of American studies and Journalism and Mass Communication, is quoted in the August 17, 2020 New York Times article If a Dunk Echoes Across an Empty Gym, Is It Still Must-See TV?

AMST major Cichon pens op-ed for Daily Iowan

American studies major Baily Cichon penned an op-ed for the Daily Iowan about disco, race, and sexuality based off the independent project she produced in Prof. Mathew Swiatlowski's course AMST:3900 Seminar in American Cultural Studies: This is America: The Cultural Politics of Popular Music.

American Studies alumna named as President and CEO of Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center Board of Directors is pleased to announce the hiring of our new president and CEO, Marisa Cummings. Marisa Cummings (Miakonda) is Umonhon and belongs to the Buffalo Tail Clan of the Sky people as well as the Walker and Springer families. She is a relative to many and is constantly re-learning language, seed keeping, food systems, and re-building relationships with human and non-human relatives.

American Studies department statement on police violence

We affirm the right of citizens to exercise their 1st Amendment right to peacefully assemble. We mourn with those who are hurting and we stand with those who cry out for justice.

Oates receives Arts and Humanities Initiative 2020-2021 Grant

American studies and JMC Professor Thomas Oates has received an Arts and Humanities Initiative 2020-20201 Grant for his project Crossover: A Cultural History of Playground Basketball. Given by the Office of the Vice President for Research, AHI grants are available for humanities scholarship and work in the creative, visual, and performing arts.

Year-End Celebration of Student Success!

The annual year-end celebration of student success looked a bit different this year. Still, we were very happy to be able to celebrate the successes of our undergraduate and graduate students. Congratulations!

Marra named Collegiate Fellow

Kim Marra, Professor of American Studies and Theatre Arts (with affiliate status in Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies) has been named a Collegiate Fellow by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Professor Warren gifts Shawnee Tribe with extensive archive

Since he was an undergraduate, University of Iowa Professor of History and American Studies Stephen Warren has devoted much of his research to the Shawnee Tribe. His work took on special significance when he recently gifted the tribe with an extensive archive of materials that he has compiled over years of work, which will increase the materials' reach and allow tribal members to speak on their own terms about their cultural identity.