April 23-25, 2015
(Un)Civil Mediations: A Civil Rights and Visual Culture Symposium. The symposium focuses on the visual culture of the civil rights movement in the 1960s, exploring it from two perspectives: how visual representation became a crucial component of the legal and political struggle for civil rights and also how visual culture was itself transformed through engagement with this social movement.
A Law, Identity and Culture Initiative in the School of Law event, co-sponsored by American Cultural Studies and African and African-American Studies programs, the Department of Art History and Archaeology, and the Center for the Humanities in Arts and Sciences; the Office of the Provost Diversity and Inclusion Grant; Washington University Libraries; and the Missouri History Museum.
Please join us for the Annual American Culture Studies Barbecue! All AMCS Faculty, Staff, and Students are invited. Celebrate with us as we reflect on another great year in American Culture Studies.
Our colloquium is held the afternoon of the broader undergraduate research symposium hosted by the Arts & Sciences Office of Undergraduate Research, and features AMCS students presenting on their Capstone and Honors Thesis projects. It is also a companion event to our fall colloquium. We invite all our community members--and those interested in learning about the extraordinary and creative research projects our majors are completing--to be part of the event.
What are the politics of representing the black subject and the black community in photography? What moral obligations do photographers confront when photographing civil rights struggles--to the community? to presenting multiple viewpoints? to creating an archive for the local community, in its effort to know and preserve its stories for future generations?
Advising season is just around the corner and our online course listing page has been updated for the new semester. Plan your schedule with helful features that allow you to find courses by concentration area, fieldwork, and multi-disciplinary designation.
As a part of the Modern Segregation Program Initiative, Danielle Allen, UPS Foundation Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study gave a talk on the theme of "Modern Segregation and the City," hosted by American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. This video is of the following Q&A discussion.
As a part of the Modern Segregation Program Initiative, Linda Alcoff, Professor of Philosophy at City University of New York, gave a talk on the theme of "Modern Segregation: Segregated Pleasures and the Comforts of Homogeneity," hosted by American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.
Join us Monday, December 8th in DUC 234 for presentations from students completing their Capstone Projects.
Koritha Mitchell, Associate Professor of English at Ohio State University, delivers her lecture, "Love in Action: Noting Similarities between Lynching Then & Anti-LGBT Violence Now," as part of the Modern Segregation event, Identity, Place, and Violence, on October 24th, 2014.
Just in time for advising: spring 2015 courses! We've updated to a new look and added new functionality, but all the essential information remains: concentration areas, multi-disciplinary courses, all the good stuff. Check it out!
For nine days after Michael Brown's death, the Ferguson QuikTrip on West Florissant Avenue served as an unlikely public square -- what one graffiti tag declared the "QT People's Park" ("Liberated 8-10-14"). "It's all we have," an early protest organizer declared. Yet its brief political life has ended, and it may now disappear from public memory altogether.
The American Culture Studies Program at Washington University (AMCS) has launched a three-to-five year faculty program initiative on Modern Segregation designed to provide opportunities for collaborative engagement for faculty and students. What are the structures that define Modern Segregation and how are they maintained in the so-called "post-race" era? These questions, already pressing, have taken on an intense urgency in the context of the Ferguson, Missouri crisis and struggles.