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The Department of American Studies 2022 Commencement Ceremony is on Saturday, May 7th, 2022 at 1:00 pm at the CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio 123 W. FRANKLIN ST. CHAPEL HILL, NC 27514

Due to limited space, each graduate will receive three guest tickets for the ceremony. If we have unclaimed tickets by mid-April, an email will be sent with the opportunity to obtain additional tickets.

Students are requested to RSVP by April 15 at


Department of American Studies Statement in Support of American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

The Department of American Studies (AMST) at UNC offers our full support to the Native graduate and undergraduate students who authored the petition to save American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) at UNC-Chapel Hill. AMST acknowledges our role in creating the need for the petition and the value to Native students and communities of the possibility for UNC students to earn a degree in AIIS.

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Please join us in congratulating AMST/FOLK Department Chair Dr. Sharon P. Holland on her new role as the American Studies Association President-Elect!

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PhD Student Irene Newman wins 2022 Impact Award

“My research argues that the Greensboro Massacre, a turning point for white power organizing in the United States, depended on the long-term efforts of a large community

network made possible by the work of women involved in the United Racist Front. Specifically, my thesis demonstrates that understanding the shift in white power organizing that occurs in the late 1970s and early 1980s in North Carolina is critical in understanding the contemporary histories and tensions of North Carolina and the rest of the nation.”read more

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