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The coronavirus crisis has resulted in major shifts within all of our lives, unfortunately including the delay of graduation celebrations and ceremonies for college seniors. While we may not be able to celebrate in person, our “Celebrating AMST Seniors” series is dedicated to recognizing and congratulating seniors graduating with majors in American Studies for their accomplishes and sharing what they appreciated about the major during their time at UNC.

Q: What are your majors and minors?

A: American Indian and Indigenous Studies Major.

Q: What has been your favorite course or professor in American Studies?

A: AMST 510: Federal Indian Law and Policy and 511: American Indians and American Law taught by Dr. Keith Richotte.

Q: What has been your favorite book and/or reading from an American Studies course?

A: Savage Anxieties by Robert A. Williams, Jr.

Q: What do you wish people knew about American Studies?

A:That it goes into a deeper understanding of America and its history — the truth of it and what you never learn about in K-12 school.

Q: How has studying American Studies affected your understanding of life in America, or what has your biggest takeaway from your time in American Studies been?

A: That America really does anything and everything to serve its interests, and will not do anything that does not serve those interests.

Q: How do you hope to apply your studies in American Studies professionally?

A: Being able to work with other cultures and better serve them with more cultural relevance as a medical doctor in their communities.

Q: Why should students pursue a major or minor in American Studies?

A: A better and more holistic approach to American history and the struggle of American Indians, and other minorities, in America and the world.

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