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JAN. 15, 2018

Laurel Shire Wins Rembert Patrick Award

Laurel Shire was awarded the 2017 Rembert Patrick Award by the Florida Historical Society for her book The Threshold of Manifest Destiny. This is the second award for this book. It was also the recipient of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic's Mary Kelley Prize in 2016.

Amy Greenberg (Pennsylvania State University) write of this book:

This is clearly the best work to date on the manner in which domesticity justified Manifest Destiny. Shire offers a unique and compelling examination of the role of Southern women in territorial expansion, combined with a first-rate historical analysis of the Seminole and their relationship to native groups elsewhere in the Southwest, placing Florida itself in the larger context of expansion in the early American republic.


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AUG. 29, 2017

Changes to the modules in American Studies have been approved

You can find the new requirements here:

Remember that if you already are enrolled in American Studies, you may continue to follow the module requirements that were in place when you entered your module - which you can always find online in the archives section of the Academic Calendar. However, if you like the new modules, you can also follow the new rules. Keep in mind that the software the registrar uses to calculate your progress toward your degree has not yet caught up to these changes - if you are getting weird messages related to this, don't panic. Make an appointment with academic counselling if you are concerned, or wait a few months and try again. Let us know if you have questions or concerns.

Gold Medalists - 2016 Spring Convocation

Congratulations to our Gold Medalists of 2016: Kendall King-Congram (HSP American Cultural Studies) & Bradley Metlin (HSP Canadian-American Relations)!

CAS Instructors Named to USC Honor Roll

Congratulations to American Studies instructors Professor Tom Cull and Professor Dylan Cyr who have been named to the 2014-15 USC Honor Roll for their excellence in teaching. Posted March 7, 2016.

Student Award Winners - 2015-16

We are pleased to announce that students Bradley Metlin (4th year) and Thomas Luke Sabourin (3rd year) are this year's recipients of the Morrison Scholarships for Academic Achievement in American Studies. These annual scholarships are awarded to two students who demonstrate academic excellence in an American Studies module. Congratulations to Bradley and Luke on this impressive achievement! Posted November 4, 2015.

Graduate Program Now Accepting Applications

We are now accepting applications to our MA program for September 2016 admission. Applications will be accepted beginning October 1, 2015 and the deadline to apply is February 1, 2016. Please visit the Graduate program section of our website for more information about the MA program and the application process.

Speakers' Series - Gerard Hugues - September 29, 2015

Université de Provence, Aix-Marseille

'An American in Paris in the Days of the Revolution; Gouverneur Morris in the Salons.'

The Criminal HumanitiesMichael Arntfield - Book Series: The Criminal Humanities

Professor Michael Arntfield (English & Writing Studies) is the founder, director, and editor of a new interdisciplinary and cross-institutional book series, in collaboration with Professor Marcel Danesi at the University of Toronto, focusing on forensic semiotics and the criminal humanities.

Monda Halpern - New Book

Congratulations to Professor Monda Halpern (History) on the publication of her new book,  Alice in Shandehland: Scandal and Scorn in the Edelson/Horwitz Murder Case, which was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in June, 2015. For more information, see here!

Rob MacDougall - SSHRC Grant for Digital History Project

Professor. Rob MacDougall (History), along with co-investigator Prof. William Turkel, has received a four-year SSHRC Insight Grant, for the project, "The Golden Age of Cranks: Communication Networks and Heterodox Ideas in 19th-century North America." Congratulations!

Congratulations to Dr. Anna Zuschlag

The CAS would like to congratulate Anna Zuschlag on the successful completion of her PhD program in History at Western. Anna worked at the CAS for a number of years as our Events and Publications Assistant. Anna successfully defended her dissertation, Green Berets & Gay Deceivers: The New Left, The Vietnam Draft, & American Masculinity on April 22, 2015. Anna, congratulations on this impressive achievement from all of your friends at the Centre for American Studies!

Kiah Berkeley - Published Article in the Guardian

Huge congratulations to CAS Alumni Kiah Berkeley (MA 2014) whose article was published in The Guardian on April 1, 2015. View Kiah's article here.

Aldona Sendzikas - Conference Presentation

Professor Aldona Sendzikas (History) presented a paper on American Legion Battalions in the CEF during WWI, at the Western Front Association (Pacific Branch) annual conference in Victoria BC in March. Posted April 9, 2015.

Dylan Cyr - USC Honour Roll

Professor Dylan Cyr (American Studes 2230F, 2231G & 2200E) has been included on the USC Honour Roll for 2013-14. Professor Cyr has taught numerous courses for the CAS over the past few years, and we are delighted to congratulate him on this award. Congratulations from all the CAS students and faculty! Posted January 6, 2015.