Memories of Phyllis Palmer
“What I remember most fondly about Phyllis is her directness. She was outspoken, freely shared her opinion, and told you as it was. She was a great role model for me. We will miss you greatly Phyllis. Rest in peace.”
-Dr. Nema Blyden
“Phyllis's energy was part of building this vibrant intellectual community, which has been filled with integrity, a commitment to social justice, and mutual respect and support--one that I will always be proud to call home.”
-Dr. Julie Elman (read full memory here)
“Phyllis was chair of American Studies when I arrived at GW in 1996. I knew immediately that I had landed someplace very special, just from the energy and enthusiasm she emanated.”
-Dr. Melani McAlister (read full memory here)
Jacqueline Drayer wins the Luther Rice Fellowship!
Congratulations to Jacqueline Drayer (BA '15), who was recently awarded a Luther Rice Undergraduate Research Fellowship!
Jacqueline describes her research plans: "I plan to explore the relationship between old alley and tenement housing and modern day micro apartments and tiny houses. Although the specific architectural forms have changed, minuscule dwellings are again popping up in cities like New York City, San Francisco, Washington DC, and London. Yet the homes' occupants and surrounding culture, as well as the architecture itself, has changed drastically. The image of micro housing previously and currently provides an alternate lens for viewing contemporary urbanism, and perhaps a glimpse of things to come."
In Memoriam: Phyllis Palmer
Collected Stories and Twice Told Tales
Mergen-Palmer Distinguished Lecture
This annual lecture is named in honor of Professors Bernard Mergen and Phyllis Palmer. Barney and Phyllis are both professors emeriti of American Studies, and each played a major role as a scholar and teacher at GW. These two scholars shared a broad interest in American Studies as a field, and specific interests in sustainability, food studies, and the environment.
Read more about the lecture series here.
Donate to the fund here.
Alumni Highlight: Amber Wiley
Dr. Amber Wiley, an American Studies PhD graduate of 2011, has been awarded the 2013 H. Allen Brooks Traveling Fellowship from the Society of Architectural Historians. This fellowship will allow her to travel abroad for one year in order to observe, read, write, and sketch. Dr. Wiley has also been awarded the 2014 Catherine W. Bishir Prize for her excellent article "The Dunbar High School Dilemma: Architecture, Power, and African-American Cultural Heritage,” and her ability to contextualize material and architectural history in broader urban and African-American history, as well as her insightful and complex treatment of preservation issues. Congrats Dr. Wiley!