Professor Shire will be on sabbatical from July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.

Two new American Studies undergraduate courses will be offered in 2018-2019!

  • In Fall 2018, Prof. Laurel Shire is teaching AMS 2310F: American Nightmare, An Introduction to American Studies on Thursdays from 2:30-4:30.  Course Description: In the increasingly polarized culture of the U.S., one American’s dream often seems to be another American’s nightmare. This course introduces key ideas in American culture (the American Dream, American Exceptionalism, and American Identity), and examines recent socio-political movements such as #Black Lives Matter, #Me Too, and White Nationalism.  2 lecture hours, 0.5 course. Antirequisite(s): American Studies 2320F/G


  • In Winter 2019, Prof. Aldona Sendzikas is teaching AMS 3310G: Advanced American Studies - Being American on Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30. Course Description:  What defines being “American”?  How is the American identity constructed, and how and why is it frequently contested?  This course employs an interdisciplinary approach to explore the meaning(s) and definition(s) of American identity from multiple viewpoints, and within the context of US history, politics, regions, values, and culture. 2 seminar hours, 0.5 course. Antirequisite(s): American Studies 3320F/G Prerequisite(s): 1.0 History course at the 2200 level or above orenrolment in an American Studies module.




Friday, March 1st, 2019 
Comfortable Lies, Uncomfortable Truths: Public History, Private Memory and Race in 21st Century North America
Room 41 UCC 4:00pm

Dr. Paul Sedra, Simon Fraser University, December 5, 12:30, LWH 2270C