Look under the courses tab for some great new classes for Spring 2012.
Miles Orvell's new book, Main Street: Myth, Memory, and the Dream of Community, will be published in 2012; an essay by Professor Orvell on the Farm Securtiy Administration will appear in 2012.
Professor Orvell was named one of Temple's Great Teachers in 2011.
In 2010, Wiley-Blackwell published two books by Phil Yannella: American Literature in Context from 1865 to 1929 and American Literature in Context after 1929.
Seth C. Bruggeman's recent
publications include an edited volume of essays concerning birth and
commemoration in the United States and articles that explore, among other
topics, interpretive challenges in modern prison museums and the confluence of
memory, architecture, and river commerce in the antebellum
South. Bruggeman also directs Temple's Center for
Public History, which supports a variety of community engagement projects
throughout Philadelphia including a recent effort to support preservation of
the endangered USSOlympia.
With Temple’s General Education
Program, Ken Finkel co-produces the annual Philadelphia Experience (PEX) Passport,
now in its third edition. At the Temple Gallery, Finkel recently moderated a panel
discussion entitled "Looking at Philadelphia" with a sociologist, an artist, and
an urban farmer. Finkel will interview photographer Vincent Feldman about
his "City Abandoned" series at the Paley Library Lecture Hall on March 13,
2012. Read his weekly blog posts at PhillyHistory.org:
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT OUR STUDENTS DO
explores patterns and connections in US life. We look at the big themes,
as labor, mobility, migration, art, place, race, gender, and play. In
courses on social change, art, and work, for instance, we look at how
talk and express ideas in song, stories, and photographs. American
considers how these and other themes contribute to individual, family
community life. American Studies offers
a lively way of understanding ever-changing and always contested values,
looking at the politics of American culture through a variety of lenses.
American Studies stresses the development of advanced-level
reading, writing, and analytical skills that are necessary for
successful careers in various fields. Over our forty-year history,
people who have majored or minored in American Studies have gone on to
business, medical, law, journalism, museum, civic, teaching, and publishing careers.
continue to write back to us about how
valuable their American Studies educations have proven to be, testifying about how the knowledge and skills they learned
with our faculty readily transferred into their careers. Lynsey
Graeff, who graduated in 2012, summarized her American Studies
offered "diverse, engaging courses and [an] accomplished faculty that
was wholly dedicated to the success of students. I finished each course
inspired by the content and motivated to continue delving into the topics.
During my History of Photography course, I bought my first camera. After
learning about the plight of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, I took a
trip to the Big Easy to discover more about the city's rich culture and witness
first-hand their resilience and devotion to rebuilding. In Queer American
History and Ideal America, I gleaned more and more about institutionalized
inequality and emerged from these courses resolved to fight against sexist,
racist, classist, and homophobic tendencies and policies in American society.
This fall, I will be a Teach For America corps member in Philadelphia where I
will devote at least two years to undoing some of the damage of inequality
by helping bridge the Achievement Gap that exists in low-income schools."