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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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In Memoriam: Phyllis Palmer

Phyllis Palmer, Professor Emeritus of American Studies and Women’s Studies, died quietly in her home on April 13, 2014, after a year-long battle with cancer. Phyllis was a valued and committed...

Alumni News, Spring 2014

Alumni News, Spring 2014

Celebrating John Vlach

After 32 years of service, John Michael Vlach retired from his position on the American Studies Department’s faculty and was named Professor Emeritus of American Studies and of Anthropology by the...


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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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