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The American Studies Program generally offers three types of extracurricular events throughout the year. City Walks are walking tours through nearby Nashville neighborhoods that invite local residents and/or experts to provide an insider’s perspective on Vanderbilt’s surrounding communities. Road Trips take closer and in-depth look at questions of importance to the American experience. The Beyond the Headlines series creates an open an informal forum for everyone in the Vanderbilt community to discuss issues and problems currently debated in the popular press.  In addition to these programs, we sponsor talks, colloquia, and other social events.


Spring 2020 Events

February 13, 4pm Buttrick Hall 132 , Craft Beer and American Culture: City Walk to Blackstone Brewery

Fall 2019 Events

October 7, Symposium: Struggles for Suffrage

October 10, 7-9pm, American Studies Night at the Theatre: “Bowling for Beginners” and Discussion

October 11-13, Southern Festival of Books 

October 15, 11:30am-1pm, Buttrick Hall 123, Seminar with David Greenberg, Rutgers University, “From Protest to Politics: John Lewis and the Civil Rights Movement”

November 1, 2pm, Speaker: Gloria Steinem with the Women’s Center

November 2, Road Trip: Montgomery’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice & Legacy Museum

November 7, 12pm, Speaker: Jonathan Sarna, “That Obnoxious Order: Ulysses S. Grant and the Jews.” with Jewish Studies

November 7-9, American Studies Association National Meeting

November 11, Library Community Room, Battlefield Rescue: US Army Medevac (co-sponsored event with The Vanderbilt Television News Archive)

November 20-21, Sojourn Theater Civic Dialogue Project (co-sponsored with the Department of Theatre)

Check out the archives of our past events here!