Blixen Lecture Series
The Mary and John Blixen Lecture Series
|Largely due to a generous gift from SLU alumni Mary Blixen (Ph.D., American Studies, 2000) and John Blixen, the American Studies Department will offer a series of lectures by leading scholars in the field.|
2015 BLIXEN LECTURE
The 2015 Mary and John Blixen Lecture in American Studies will be presented at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 10, 2015, in the Sinquefield Stateroom, DuBourg Hall Rm. 409. Free and open to the SLU community and the general public. More details on speaker, title, and related events will be released shortly.
2014 BLIXEN LECTURE presented by MELANI McALISTER
(George Washington University)
The Globalization of American Evangelicalism
Prof. McAlister's talk draws on research for her book-in-progress on U.S. Christian evangelicals, popular culture, and international affairs, tentatively titled Our God in the World: The Global Visions of American Evangelicals.
Prof. McAlister is chair of the department of American Studies, and Associate Professor of American Studies, International Affairs, and Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University. She is the author of Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and U.S. Interests in the Middle East since 1945 (2001, rev. ed. 2005), and the co-editor, with R. Marie Griffith, of Religion and Politics in the Contemporary United States (2008). She has published in numerous academic journals, including the Journal of American History and the American Quarterly, and has contributed to many international media outlets, including the Washington Post, The Nation, PBS, BBC, Al Jazeera, and national television stations in Germany, Austria, and Iran.
2013 BLIXEN LECTURE presented by PHILIP J. DELORIA
(University of Michigan)
Toward an American Indian Abstract: What an Unknown Artist Might Tell Us About Celebrity, the 1930s, Anthropology, Culture, Politics and a Few Other Things Besides
Between 1928 and the mid-1940s, Dakota Sioux artist Mary Sully produced a compelling body of work at the interface of modernist aesthetics, industrial design, and Sioux visual tradition. In a combination of close readings and rich contextualizations, Professor Deloria explores her wide-ranging vernacular intellect and makes a case for her place in the canon of 1930s art.
Philip J. Deloria is the Carroll Smith-Rosenberg Collegiate Professor of American Studies and History at the University of Michigan. His published works include Playing Indian (for which he was awarded the Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award) and Indians in Unexpected Places (for which he was awarded the John C. Ewers Prize for Ethnohistorical Writing by the Western History Association). Professor Deloria served as President of the American Studies Association (2008-2009) and on the National Council of the Organization of American Historians (2007-2010). Professor Deloria has been the recipient of fellowships from the Institute of Humanities at the University of Michigan and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has been a guest lecturer at institutions throughout the United States including Yale University, Harvard University, and the Smithsonian Institution, and has been an invited lecturer at conferences in Japan, Taiwan, Greece, and Finland.
2012 BLIXEN LECTURE presented by CARLO ROTELLA
Hollywood on the Charles: A Provincial Backwater Goes Global
Boston has become a significant location in global popular culture, with the result that details of accent, comportment, cultural style, etc. that were until recently used by only a relative handful of locals in order to microscopically calibrate class and ethnic affiliation have suddenly begun to circulate all around the world. This has happened mostly thanks to The Departed, The Fighter, Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and many other movies like them. The boom in Boston movies, thanks to Massachusetts's film tax credit and a self-consciously globalized age's hunger for what feels like the local, affords us a chance to think about what happens when a previously ignored region takes cultural center stage.
Carlo Rotella is Director of American Studies and Professor of English at Boston College. His books include Cut Time, Good with Their Hands, October Cities, and, coming in fall 2012, Playing in Time: Essays, Profiles, and Other True Stories. He has held Guggenheim, Howard, and Du Bois fellowships and U.S. Speaker and Specialist Grants from the State Department to lecture in China and Bosnia. He has received the Whiting Writers Award, the L. L. Winship/PEN New England Award, and The American Scholar's prizes for Best Essay and Best Work by a Younger Writer. He is an editor of the "Chicago Visions and Revisions" series at the University of Chicago Press. He writes for the New York Times Magazine and the Washington Post Magazine, he writes a regular op-ed column for the Boston Globe, he's a commentator for WGBH FM, and his work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Critical Inquiry, American Quarterly, The American Scholar, Raritan, Transition, Harper's, DoubleTake, Boston, Slate, The Believer, TriQuarterly, and The Best American Essays.