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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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At the Border, A Washington’s Birthday Bash

American Studies’ Elaine Peña returned to her Texas home to investigate why two towns along the U.S.-Mexico border have held a Washington’s birthday party for more than 100 years.

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GW Researchers Discuss ‘Democracy Under Siege’ in Wake of Capitol Riots

The Humanities Center hosted a panel featuring several American Studies professors to analyze how white supremacy, anti-blackness, anti-immigrant attitudes, anti-Semitism and truth distortion caused...

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MA student Harry Lewis moderates discussion of LGBT rights in America

On October 25, 2018, MA student Harry Lewis was invited to moderate a discussion with Dennis and Judy Shepard, parents of the late Matthew Shepard, at the Smithsonian National Museum of American...


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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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