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American Cultures Colloquium

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.

2018-19 Schedule


Wednesday, October 3 from 6:00-7:30 pm
Jim Hodge (Northwestern)
The Debt is Infinite: On Paul Chan and His Outliers
The Block Museum of Art
Thursday, October 4 from 7:00-9:00 pm
John Alba Cutler (Northwestern)
Compañero: The Radical Life and Films of Raymundo Gleyzer
The Block Museum of Art
Thursday, November 15 from 5:00-6:30 pm
Hortense Spillers (Vanderbilt University)
To the Bone: Some Speculations on the Problem of Touch
Harris Hall 107
Friday, November 16 at 3:00 pm
Marianne Noble (American University)
"All the vivacities lie in differences": Sympathy in Stowe's Dred and The Minister's Wooing
Hagstrum Room, University Hall 201

Friday, February 22 (2019) at noon

Timothy Yu (University of Wisconsin - Madison)
Academic Publishing Roundtable
Hagstrum Room, University Hall 201

at 3:00 pm

Disclaiming America: Asian Diasporic Poetics in the Work of Myung Mi Kim and Cathy Park Hong

Yu is associate professor of English and Asian American Studies and director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of the poetry collection 100 Chinese Silences (Les Figues Press), the Editor’s Selection in the 2014 NOS Book Contest. He is the author of Race and the Avant-Garde: Experimental and Asian American Poetry since 1965 (Stanford University Press), which won the Book Award in Literary Studies from the Association for Asian American Studies. He is the editor of the collection Nests and Strangers: On Asian American Women Poets (Kelsey Street Press), and he also serves as an editor of the journal Contemporary Literature.


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Past Participants

Past Colloquium participants have included:

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Various ACC@NU events are co-sponsored by:

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