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Mergen-Palmer Distinguished Lecture in American Studies

Dr. Melanie DuPuis giving the inaugural lecture, on the projector screen is a paragraph that reads, "that ideas about separating, purifying, demarcating and punishing transgressions have as their main function to impose system on an inherently untidy experience."

The annual Mergen-Palmer Lecture brings visiting scholars to GW to share their expertise with the campus community.

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Student Spotlight

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Each week, our department features a current or former student or member of our faculty who is emblematic of the talent of American Studies. 

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Department News

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Saving MLK: Alumnus Author Recounts King’s Days of Peril

In 1960, Martin Luther King, Jr., faced a harrowing nine days in a dangerous prison. In his book, Paul Kendrick, BA ’05, MPA ’07, tells how King’s ordeal changed politics as we know it.

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Biden appoints University Professor Vanessa Northington Gamble to the National Council on the Humanities

Vanessa Northington Gamble,  University Professor of Medical Humanities and Professor of American Studies, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member of the National Council on the Humanities ...

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Archival Project Tells GW’s COVID Story

American Studies’ Melani McAlister and a team of students are collecting interviews with the GW community to create a historical archive of pandemic experiences.


Department Newsletters

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Department Weekly Newsletter

Published weekly during the academic year, our digital newsletter includes announcements, events, opportunities, and feature pieces recognizing our AMST community. 

Our weekly newsletter goes to current and alumni students, faculty, and members of the gw community. Please email [email protected] if you would like to receive this newsletter. 

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