American Cultures Colloquium

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The American Cultures Colloquium at Northwestern University brings Americanists from different academic specialties and institutions into dialogue with the Northwestern community. Operating on the principle that the study of American cultural history is necessarily interdisciplinary, the Colloquium allows scholars using multiple intellectual approaches to participate in conversations about a shared set of cultural artifacts and contexts.

The Colloquium is administered by advanced graduate students and funded by the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, The Graduate School, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, and various Northwestern departments and programs. All ACC events are designed to appeal to broad audiences and are open to the public.



2017-18 Schedule

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 6:00pm

University Hall 201 (Hagstrum Room)

Film Screening: A Quiet Passion (2017)

Moderated by Julia Stern and John Alba Cutler (NU English)


Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 5:15pm

University Hall 201 (Hagstrum Room)

Brian Russell Roberts (Brigham Young University) and Michelle Ann Stephens (Rutgers University)

“Archipelagic American Studies”


Friday, February 9, 2018 - 3:00pm

University Hall 201 (Hagstrum Room)

Zakiyyah I. Jackson (University of Southern California)

“‘Not Our Own’: Speciation, Genre, and Subjectivation in Octavia Butler’s ‘Bloodchild’”


Friday, April 6, 2018 - 3:00pm

University Hall 201 (Hagstrum Room)

Christine Gerhardt (University of Bamberg)

“Dickinson’s Garden Ecologies”

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Past Participants

Past Colloquium participants have included:

  • Monique Allewaert, University of Wisconsin
  • Lauren Berlant, University of Chicago
  • Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, Northeastern University
  • Phillip Brian Harper, New York University
  • J. Gerald Kennedy, Louisiana State University
  • Houston Baker, Vanderbilt University
  • Kevin Bell, SUNY Albany
  • Michael Bérubé, Pennsylvania State University
  • Jennifer Brody, Duke University
  • Gillian Brown, University of Utah
  • Hazel Carby, Yale University
  • Christopher Castiglia, Pennsylvania State University
  • David Chang, University of Minnesota
  • Peter Coviello, Bowdoin College
  • Michael Denning, Yale University
  • Jim Farr, Northwestern University
  • Ed Folsom, University of Iowa
  • Dilip Gaonkar, Northwestern University
  • Marjorie Garber, Harvard University
  • Mark Goble, University of California at Berkeley
  • Teresa Goddu, Vanderbilt University
  • Robert Gooding-Williams, University of Chicago
  • Ramón A. Guttiérez, University of Chicago
  • Glenn Hendler, Fordham University
  • Sharon Holland, Duke University
  • E. Patrick Johnson, Northwestern University
  • Helen Jun, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Amy Kaplan, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jonathan David Katz, Yale University
  • Robert Levine, University of Maryland
  • Meredith McGill, Rutgers University
  • Alan Nadel, University of Kentucky
  • Mae Ngai, Columbia University
  • Samuel Otter, University of California at Berkeley
  • Donald Pease, Dartmouth College
  • Janice Radway, Northwestern University
  • Benjamin Reiss, Emory University
  • Sarah Robertson, University of the West of England
  • Rick Rodriguez, Loyola University-Chicago
  • James Sidbury, University of Texas-Austin
  • Peter Stallybrass, University of Pennsylvania
  • Julia Stern, Northwestern University
  • Simon Strikeback, local filmmaker/activist
  • Michael Warner, Yale University
  • Bryan Wolf, Stanford University
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Co-Sponsors

Various ACC@NU events are co-sponsored by:

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