Race and Citizenship in American Studies Faculty Panel

The most worldly and wonderful Hibiki Mizuno ’15 invites you to an event this afternoon. 

Come learn what American Studies can tell us about race and
citizenship with faculty panelists Joel Pfister, Amy Tang, Laura
Grappo and J. K?haulani Kauanui! Amazing Almond Cookies From Lucibellos in New Haven and Fresh Apple Cider from Lyman’s Orchards in Middlefield will sweeten the food for thought.

Panelists will explore this crucial field in both historical and
contemporary terms and discuss new research directions.
Topics include settler colonialism and the structural legacy of
slavery, Native Studies, Latin@ Studies, Asian American Studies, and
comparative work with African American Studies.

What: Race and citizenship panel sponsored by the American Studies Department and the American Studies Majors Committee
When: Today, Tuesday, 2/10 4:15-6:00pm
Where: Downey 113
Cost: Free! (and free food)

Faculty Panelist Profile after the jump:

Joel Pfister has published five books and two are on American Indians:
Individuality Incorporated: Indians and the Multicultural Modern
(2004) and The Yale Indian: The Education of Henry Roe Cloud (2009).
These books explore how government policies and programs to
“citizenize” (a popular word in the late 19th and early 20th
centuries) diverse people called “Indians” were linked to gender
construction, heteronormative family life, emotional life,
“individualizing,” class formation, and, very important, real estate
acquisition and the shaping of workers. He is Chair of American
Studies and Olin Professor of English and American Studies.

Amy Tang has been Assistant Professor of English and American Studies
at Wesleyan since 2009. She teaches courses on contemporary Asian
American literature and culture, on race and representation, and on
literary and cultural theory. She is completing a book, Repetition and
Race: Asian American Literature and the Politics of Form, which
explores the relationship between aesthetic form and politics in the
era of liberal multiculturalism. She holds a Ph.D. from Stanford
University (2009) and a B.A. from Harvard University (1994).

Laura Grappo began teaching at Wesleyan in American Studies in Fall
2013. She came from Dickinson College, where she was an assistant
professor of American Studies. Grappo earned her undergraduate degree
from Wesleyan in 2001 and her Ph.D. from Yale in 2011. She is
currently working on a book titled, Home and Other Myths: A Lexicon of
Queer Inhabitation. Grappo teaches courses in Latina/o Studies, Queer
Studies, and cultural theory.

J. K?haulani Kauanui is an Associate Professor of American Studies
and Anthropology. She is the author of Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and
the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press,
2008). She is one of six founders of the Native American and
Indigenous Studies Association, and is a current member of the
American Studies Association National Council. Kauanui has also worked
as producer and host of a public affairs radio program through WESU
and widely syndicated, “Indigenous Politics: From Native New England
and Beyond.” She also collaborated with a group of Wesleyan students
on an anarchist politics radio show, “Horizontal Power Hour,”
which is now re-launching with a new team as “Anarchy on Air” in
February 2014.

Sponsored by the American Studies Department and the American Studies
Majors Committee.

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