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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 2021 Events

American Studies Graduate Workshop Showcase

Wednesday, April 28, 4:10 pm

Students enrolled in American Studies 8000 will present on their research this semester. Topics include David Brandt on “Catharine Maria Sedgwick’s Post-Revolutionary Picturesque”,  Laura Carter-Stone with “‘It reminded me uncomfortably of Hitler:’ Troubling the adult gaze in reports of children’s improvisational theater at Hull House, 1939-1941”, and William Krause with “Picturing Science: Max Brödel, Medical Illustration, and the Department of Art as Applied to Medicine”

Zoom Information:



March 24, 4:10 PM

In the Long Run We are All Dead

A conversation about leftist politics, Keynesian economics, and the possibility of a revolution




March 19, 12PM
A Myths and Realities: The Counternarratives of Latino Gang Boys and their Hopes for the Next Generation
Meet Adrian Huerta to discuss their research with youth gang culture





February 19, 12-1 pm
American Studies Podcast Discussion Club
Covering episodes 1 & 2 of Nice White Parents, available wherever you get your podcasts.
Full info here

February 16, 12-1 pm
The Death of the Artist: How Creators Are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech
William Deresiewicz will join us to discuss his latest book, which explores creativity, big tech, and American culture.
Full info here


Check out the archives of our past events here!