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Mergen-Palmer Distinguished Lecture in American Studies

Lecture photo of 2023 Mergen-Palmer event featuring Professor Ramzi Fawaz
2023 Mergen-Palmer Distinguished Lecturer Professor Ramzi Fawaz

The annual Mergen-Palmer Lecture brings visiting scholars to GW to share their expertise with the campus community. The lecture series was founded in 2014 in honor of Bernard Mergen and Phyllis Palmer, who were beloved emeriti professors of American Studies at the university.

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Professor Elisabeth Anker sits with a “Dune: Part Two” popcorn bucket and other movie snacks.

Best for fun class: Politics and Film

Politics and Film, an American Studies course, tackles the intersection between filmmaking and dominant American political concepts like liberty, neoliberalism and individualism.


Born to Run—for President

Luther Rice Fellow Maureen Rafter, an American Studies major, delves into the connections between Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen, exploring their journey to political unity.

Gayle Wald

A Semester’s Journey through 20th-Century American Culture

From the early Black blues women to today’s culture wars, students in GW Professor Gayle Wald’s class follow U.S history’s path.


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