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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. 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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Department News

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Melani McAlister Earns Radcliffe Institute Fellowship

Professor Melani McAlister was named a 2023 fellow by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, a global leader in interdisciplinary scholarship.

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Interrogating the Past: Students Reveal GW History

In his American Studies capstone course, Tom Guglielmo asks students to train a critical eye on their university’s legacy—from Civil War archives to on-campus

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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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