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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!
And another round of congratulations for AMST/FOLK alumnus (’21) Justine Orlovsky-Schnitzler on the acceptance of her paper “In Sea/in Raging Waters: Lilith, feminist Jewish consciousness, and the creation of a folktale.” Justine will speak at the “Demons–Good and Bad” conference hosted at Trinity College Dublin later this year!

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The Sanctity of Cherokee

Imagine if the language you speak at home to communicate with your family and friends — the language you think in — was prohibited from use at school. This is not a problem that native English speakers in America ever face. They simply think, open their mouths, and speak, answer a question, share their thoughts, and communicate with their peers, most of whom also primarily speak English. But language hasn’t always been so singular.

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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.”

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Memorial to Townsend Ludington

C. Townsend Ludington received a B.A. from Yale University in 1957 and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University in 1964 and 1967 respectively. Upon graduation from Duke, he joined the English Department, and the following year became one of the founders of the American Studies Curriculum. He chaired American Studies for much of the following three decades, retiring in 2004 as Boshamer Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies.

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Recent News

COFFEE CHAT: Patricia Sawin



This week we’re chatting with Patricia Sawin, Chair of the Department of American Studies, specializing in the everyday stories that people tell to make sense of their experiences and to share a little of themselves in an engaging way . Read on to learn more about her work, hobbies, and advice she values.

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