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Giving to American Studies

Gifts from SLU American Studies alumni and friends allow for significant enhancements to the department's teaching, research, and mentorship activities. For that reason, the department urges graduates and other community members to consider supporting the American Studies mission through a one-time or ongoing financial contribution.

Such contributions help us to expand our community engagement and outreach, fund graduate and undergraduate research travel, bring leading practitioners in the field to campus for dynamic workshops and lectures, offer career-exploration events for majors and minors, and develop other vibrant American Studies activities that might not otherwise be possible.

For example, generous support from contributors has funded student trips to conferences and archives, and has led to the establishment of the annual Blixen Lecture Series in American Studies, named for alumni donors Mary Blixen (Ph.D., American Studies, 2000) and John Blixen.

Potential donors are invited to share with us specific ways they might like their gifts to be used. Such options could include:

  • Graduate-student assistantships
  • Special academic events or workshops
  • Undergraduate class field trips or projects
  • Student or faculty conference and research travel
  • Equipment enhancement in the department's Kolmer Seminar Room
  • Scholarships, student prizes, or lectures named in honor of the donor

To arrange such a conversation, please contact department chairperson Dr. Heidi Ardizzone at hardizzo@slu.edu or (314) 977-2911.

To donate to the department online, visit the University's development website, then click on "Make a Gift Online." For "Designation," select "American Studies Development Fund" under the College of Arts and Sciences header. To donate by mail, download the form here and write "American Studies Development Fund" as the selected fund to support. Mail with your check or credit-card information to the address on the form.

The department is grateful for your support of American Studies at Saint Louis University.

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