Annual Lectures and Speakers

Julie Sze presents Spring 2015 lecture: Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene 

On April 20, the American Studies hosted a talk by Professor Julie Sze of the University of California, Davis. Sze spoke on “Environmental Justice in the Anthropocene.” She described her ongoing research on Kivalina, Alaska, a town 80 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Due to the effects of climate change, Kivalina is expected to be underwater by 2025. 

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Collected Stories and Twice-Told Tales 2015

This spring, the department’s graduate students spearheaded the annual Collected Stories and Twice-Told Tales conference. It was an intellectually exciting day-long event which included presentations by undergraduates, MA students, and PhD students, as well as commentary by faculty. Every year, GW’s graduate students organize the Collected Stories and Twice-Told Tales conference which brings together students and faculty to present, listen and debate. The conference includes undergraduate, master’s and PhD students from our department and others. 

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Robin Bernstein Delivers Collected Stories 2015 Address: Resistance, Not Psychological Damage

At this year's Collected Stories Conference, Dr. Robin Bernstein (Harvard University) delivered the address, "Resistance, Not Psychological Damage: Re-Evaluating the Clark Doll Tests," a reinterpretation of the famous experiments that found that racism had created psychological damage in black children. Bernstein's captivating lecture focused on the Clark Doll tests, a series of experiments performed in the mid-20th century by psychologists Dr. Kenneth Clark and Dr. Mamie Clark.

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