Lunch with ACS Ph.D Joyce Barry: Standing Our Ground

Come and have lunch next Tuesday, April 21 with Joyce Barry. Lunch will be provided by ACS, and if you can only come for part of that time, that’s fine.

Joyce Barry earned her Ph.D. in American Culture Studies at BGSU and will be the main speaker for Earth Week. Joyce published a book entitled, Standing Our Ground: Women, Environmental Justice, and the Fight to End Mountaintop Removal in 2012. She also will be speaking the evening of Tuesday, April 21st in the Union Theatre.

This is an exciting opportunity to have a talk with one of our successful alumni about her work and her career after BGSU.

Please RSVP to Beka Patterson so that we know how much food to get.

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Getting Started with Digital Scholarly Publishing, Theses, and Dissertations: Scalar Workshop

SCALAR Workshops

Two one-day workshops at the Center for Faculty Excellence, 202 University Hall:

Monday, May 11 10:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-4:00PM
Tuesday, May 12 10:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-3:30PM
This workshop will serve as an introduction to SCALAR, a free, open-source authoring and publishing platform designed for scholars writing media-rich, long-form, born-digital scholarship. Developed by the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture at the University of Southern California, SCALAR allows scholars to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose that media with their own writing in a variety of ways; to annotate video, audio, images, source code, and text using the platform’s build-in media annotation tools; and to structure essay- and book-length works in ways that take advantage of the unique capabilities of digital writing, including nested, recursive, and non-linear formats. This workshop will cover basic features of the platform, including a review of existing SCALAR books and a hands-on introduction to paths, tags, annotations, and importing media, and then move on to more advanced topics including the effective use of visualizations, annotating with media, and a primer on customizing appearances in SCALAR. The workshop will be led by Curtis Fletcher, SCALAR project manager.
Seating is limited. To register, email:

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BGSU Conference: Electric Guitar in Popular Culture, March 27-28

The electric guitar will be the rock star at the “Electric Guitar in Popular Culture” conference at BGSU March 27-28. Continue reading

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Schocket book dissects views on American Revolution

fighting over the founders-book by schocketIn the eye of the beholder

Over the last 200-plus years, the founders of the American Revolution have attained iconic status. But, like most icons, what they and the Revolution are used to symbolize depends perhaps more on who is vaunting them than on any objective reality.

In his new book, “Fighting over the Founders: How We Remember the American Revolution,” Dr. Andrew Schocket, history and director of BGSU’s American Culture Studies Program, looks at the ways in which the founders have been put to use by politicians and the judiciary, schools, the media and popular culture to promote, even unconsciously, their particular agendas. The Revolution has become a “battleground for debating what the nation is about and who belongs to it,” Schocket said. Continue reading

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Information Landscapes: Data as Architecture, with Dr. Karen Lewis


Information Landscapes: Data as Architecture
Dr. Karen Lewis, The Knowlton School of Architecture, Ohio State University
Friday,​ March 6, 2015, 3:00-4:15 PM, 121 West Hall Continue reading

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Professional Development Series: Writing Academic Job Letters

The next installment in the CCS Professional Development series

Writing Academic Job Letters

Monday, March 2nd
2:30 – 4:30 pm
BTSU 316

Panel presentation: Professors from a range of Humanities and Social Science disciplinary and interdisciplinary backgrounds will discuss academic job letters. They will answer the following questions: What is the typical format of a job letter? What should you include in job letter? What should you avoid in a job letter? What do search committees look for in job letters?

Panelists: Drs. Lisa Hanasono (COMM), Marilyn Motz (POPC), Lee Nickoson (ENG), Andrew Schocket (HIST/ACS). Moderated by Susana Peña, Director of School of Cultural and Critical Studies

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Fruitvale Station and Rev. Wanda Johnson

Fruitvale StationFruitvale Station

Tuesdays at the Gish Film Series: 2014-2015 

Tuesday, February 24, 7:30 pm

(2013), U.S., 85 minutes, Director: Ryan Coogler

**Featuring a Q&A with Rev. Wanda Johnson, mother of Oscar Grant**

Introduction and Facilitation by Clitha Mason, American Culture Studies doctoral candidate Continue reading

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Rebecca Solnit, February 23

Rebecca Solnit

BGSU and ICS are pleased to welcome award-winning independent writer, cultural historian, art critic, public intellectual, and political activist Rebecca Solnit to campus on Monday, February 23. On that morning, she will offer a workshop, Art and Activism, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in 308 BTSU where she will focus on the pivotal roles stories play in our private and social lives and the ways in which art and the imagination can be mobilized to support hopeful activist agendas.  That evening, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Union Theater, Solnit will read from a broad selection of her works in order to convey a sense of the variety and scope of the topics on which she writes.  She will focus on what drives her intellectual curiosity as a writer, how she researches the astonishing range of topics on which she writes, and the ways in which her political commitments figure in her writing.

Solnit’s 16 books include the best-selling “Men Explain Things to Me,” “A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster,” and “The Encyclopedia of Trouble and Spaciousness.” She has also published cultural atlases of New Orleans and San Francisco. Her many awards include two NEA Fellowships, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a National Book Critics Circle Award for “River of Shadows: Eadward Muybridge and the Technological Wild West.”

For more information and a sampling of Solnit’s work, visit the ICS website at:

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Tara McPherson: Designing for Difference, Scalar Workshop

How did a feminist film scholar trained in post-structuralist and critical race theory end up running a software lab? In answering that question, this talk engages various histories in the development of computational systems in order to argue that we need more humanities scholars to take seriously issues in the design and implementation of software systems. Humanities scholars are particularly well suited to help us think through such topics as the status of the archive as it mutates into the database, the possibilities for less hierarchical computing, and the cultural contexts of code. In short, this talk argues that neither theorizing media nor building new technologies is sufficient onto itself; we must necessarily do both. As a concrete example of the relationship of theory to practice, McPherson will discuss the work her USC team has undertaken over the last decade, including the digital journal, Vectors, and the new multimodal authoring platform, Scalar. Their research has always been in direct dialogue with key issues in the interpretative humanities, including discussions of race, gender, sexuality, social justice and power. How can such a dialogue come to shape the practice of software design? Continue reading

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Professional Development: Surviving the Academic Job Interview

The next workshop in our professional development series:

Surviving the Academic Job Interview

Workshop facilitated by Dr. Susana Peña, Director of the School of Cultural and Critical Studies

Monday, November 17th, 4:00 – 5:20 pm, 107 Hanna Hall, Women’s Center, BGSU

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Symposium: Investigating Identity, 11/7

The Identity Project is a university and community–wide collaboration that keynotes the relationship between self–disclosure, especially of highly personal information, and identity formation, as well as the tension between personal privacy and safety/surveillance

Bowen–Thompson Student Union Third Floor

Free & Open to the Public

Morning Coffee Provided in Room 308

Although telling our own stories has long been a human practice, in our contemporary world—with its inescapable increase of surveillance, social media, and reality TV—personal disclosure is ubiquitous. In fact, for many persons, especially the young, self-revelation has become an integral part of identity formation. This proliferation of declaration, testimony, confession and exposure has raised many difficult questions:

  • How much self–disclosure is too much?
  • Is there a discernible line between the public and the private?
  • Do we need to choose between privacy and security?
  • The following programs investigate identity and its many expressions. We hope you will join us in lively and thoughtful dialogue.

Here’s the full program: Investigating Identity Symposium PROGRAM[1][1]

Please indicate if you need special services, assistance or accommodations to fully participate in this program by contacting Jacqui Nathan at 419-372-8525. Please notify us at least ten (10) days in advance.

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Matika Wilbur and Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America

Matika Wilburl Native American Photographer

Project 562: Changing the Way We See Native America

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

4:00-5:30 pm

Bowen Thompson Student Union Theater, Room 206

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ACS Ph.D student JoAnna Murphy: “Be Ashamed, Be Very Ashamed: Responses to Fat Shaming”

Brown Bag Series at the BGSU Women’s Center

“Be Ashamed, Be Very Ashamed: Responses to Fat Shaming,” featuring JoAnna Murphy, doctoral student in American Culture Studies. This presentation will be held from 12-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 in 107 Hanna Hall.

Fat shaming is very real in the U.S. and fat people are fat shamed in public, in popular culture, and at the doctor’s office, among other places. The realities of fat shaming and its impact on people is a discussion that has been taking place within Fat Studies for years. Recently however, popular media outlets are starting to recognize that fat shaming happens, are exploring what it is, and are talking about its potential consequences. Historically, how the news has reported on and responded to certain issues has had larger social and cultural impacts. In this presentation, using discourse analysis, Murphy examines ways fat shaming has been presented on, discussed, and responded to in popular media outlets.

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Professional Development: Your Thesis/Dissertation Committee: Strategies for Success

Workshop facilitated by Dr. Jolie Sheffer, Associate Professor of English and American Culture Studies

Monday, November 10th

4:00 – 5:20 pm

Where: 314 BTSU

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Erin Labbie on the Medieval Remainder

ACS-affiliated faculty member Dr. Erin Felicia Labbie will be giving her ICS lecture:

Dr. Erin Felicia Labbie

Wednesday, October 29, 11:30 – 1:00, 207 BTSU

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The Medieval Remainder attends to traces of medieval systems of belief as they are expressed in the Faust legend and its traditions from the 13th to the 21st centuries. Within the legend, Faust, the scholar, and the devil both function on the basis of an economy of the sign, yet their engagement with the excess or surplus is distinctly medieval, indicating that the concept of the social contract that we tend to consider “modern,” is, in fact, entrenched in a pre modern understanding of the arts and sciences. More precisely, literary analysis focuses on a linguistic pact in which words signify in a way that is determinable; yet, language does not neatly conform to this economy. This project attends to the ways in which contractual language, oaths, pacts, and promises function to exceed their asserted boundaries.

Erin Felicia Labbie, Associate Professor of English and ACS-affiliated faculty member, is the author of Lacan’s Medievalism (Minnesota, 2006) and co-editor of Beholding Violence in Medieval and Early Modern Culture (Ashgate, 2012). Her current research projects include a collection on medieval dream vision poetics and commentary and a monograph, The Medieval Remainder, from which her ICS Fellowship talk is taken.

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BGSU Latino Issues Conference: Moises Serrano

The 21st BGSU Latino Issues Conference taking place on Thursday, October 23, 2014. This Fall, the keynote speaker will be the Latino Immigration & LGBT Activist, Moises Serrano. Moises will speak first-hand about his journey as an undocumented student as well as a member of the LGBT community.

This year’s conference theme is “A Community at a crossroads: The Intersections of Immigration and Identity; Una Comunidad en la encrucijada: Intersecciones entre inmigración e identidad”.

This year’s conference features the following:

· Latino Community & Cultural Festival (9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) – in the Multipurpose Room

· Conference Luncheon & Keynote (12 Noon – 1:30 p.m.) – in the Grand Ballroom (A side)

· Town Hall Meeting: Immigration (2 p.m. – 4 p.m.)

· At the conclusion of the conference, it will feature a Latino night social & entertainment (6 p.m. – 8 p.m.) – in the Ballroom – B side.

A special feature to this Fall’s conference is the Town Hall meeting aspect. This will provide an opportunity for the community to engage in a dialogue on the overarching issue of Immigration and will feature a panel from both sides of the issue.

The conference is Free is all participants with the exception of the Luncheon. The Luncheon is FREE to all BSGU students. Please contact Yolanda Flores at 372-2642 to reserve a table.

To register and to learn more about the conference, please visit:

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Artist Wayne Wilson: Navajo Philosophy and Ceremonial Teachings

Mosaic NAHM 14

Navajo artist Wayne Wilson will be at BGSU tonight:

Olscamp 229

6:00-7:15 PM

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ACS undergraduate class in Zoom News

ACS 3000: Reacting to the Past is on the front page of this week’s BGSU Zoom News. Reacting to the Past is a curriculum that introduces students to major ideas and texts through a role-playing format to replicate the historical contexts in which these ideas acquired significance. These games are interdisciplinary, involving not only humanities but often social science and even STEM topics — and they require active learning in which the students are motivated to excel.  Students read documents, debate, speak, and, best of all, have fun while engaging with serious issues.

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Fire & Light – Reporting in from the 2014 National Storytelling Conference (10/24, 1PM)

Please come join us on Friday, Oct. 24 at 1PM in 103 East Hall for

Fire & Light – Reporting in from the 2014 National Storytelling Conference

Csenge Zalka (ACS Ph.D student)

Through receiving the Alma Payne Summer Scholarship, Csenga was able to attend the 2014 National Storytelling Conference in Mesa, AZ. The conference took place July 23-27 and was titled “Fire & Light,” focusing on the way storytelling brings people together and illuminates who we are, both as individuals and as communities. Through the course of the conference she attended a master class, several workshops and panels, as well as fringe performances, keynote addresses, and informal group discussions. In her presentation for the Scholarship she will talk about some of the key themes of the conference, the current discourse among storytellers on cultural appropriation, and her personal focus involving long traditional stories told for contemporary audiences.

Dessert will be served.

If you’re an ACS Ph.D student and want to go to a weeklong institute for professional development, like HILT, DHSI, or the Futures of American Studies seminar, ask about our Alma Payne fund!

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Professional Development: Creating a Teaching Portfolio

The next installment of our graduate professional development series:

Creating a Teaching Portfolio

Workshop facilitated by Dr. Sarah Smith Rainey, Assistant Professor in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Monday, October 27th, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., BTSU 316

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