- Ariel Smith, American Studies Graduate Student, discusses Black History Month.
- Dr. TJ Boisseau, Associate Professor, discusses the signifance of "Ms."
- Dr. Venetria Patton, Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, talks about the Harlem Renaissance.
- Why does Amelia Earhart still fascinate us?
Tracey Jean Boisseau, Associate Professor of Interdisciplianry Studies, discusses Amelia Earhart and how she was compared to Charles Lindbergh on National Geographic.
Alejandro Cuza, Director of Linguistics, receives Liberal Arts' Outstanding Graduate Teacher award
Daniel W. Smith, Director of Philosophy and Literature, receives the Liberal Arts' Outstanding Graduate Teacher award
Aparajita Sagar, WGSS affiliate, receives Liberal Arts' Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching award
Derek Pacheco, American Studies affiliate, receives Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching award
Yvonne Pitts, American Studies and WGSS affiliate, receives Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teacahing award
Al Lopez receives the May 2018 Latino Cultural Center's award for Outstanding Faculty Member.
African American Studies
November 29-December 1, 2018
31st Biennial Symposium of African American Culture and Philosophy:
"50 Years of Black Studies: Intellectual Histories and Institutional Demands"
Monday, August 20, 11:45 a.m.
Welcome Back Luncheon for American Studies faculty, staff and students
Thursday, October 18, 5 p.m.
Critical Disabilities Fall Lecture
Melanie Yergeau, Department of English, University of Michigan, "Authoring Autism/Authoring Disbelief". Cookies and Coffee available when doors open at 4:30 p.m.
Jewish Studies and Religious Studies
Monday, October 15, 8:00 p.m.
11th Annual Larry Axel Memorial Lecture in Religion
James Loeffler, Associate Professor of History and Jewish Studies, University of Virginia, "Three Days in December: How Zionism, Human Rights, and Genocide Came Together and Fell Apart in 1948" Co-Sponsored by Purdue Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, and Human Rights Programs.
Tuesday, October 9, 6:45 p.m.
Camp Tippecanoe Civil War Round Table Fall Lecture Series
Robert E. May, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, Purdue University, "Southern Jews, Cuba, and the Coming of the Civil War--Or, Assimilation and Southern History"
Nanotechnology Building, Room 1001
Fall 2018 Jewish Studies Program Noon Lecture and Discussion Series
Wednesday, September 5, 12:30 p.m.
Paul Benhamou, Professor Emeritus of French, School of Languages and Cultures, Purdue University, "A la Recherche de mon Pays Perdu: Memories of my experience in Algeria"
Stewart Center, Room 313
Wednesday, October 17, 12:30 p.m.
Andrew Fahrenbach, Winner of the 2018 Edward Simon Essay Prize in Jewish Studies, "If I Were a NEPman: A Sholem Aleichem Film Adaption in the Soviet 1920s"
Stewart Center, Room 313
Wednesday, November 14, 12:30 p.m.
Thomas Busch, Retired Circuit Court Judge, Lafayette, Indiana, "From Prayer to Action: The Alternative Philosophies of the Early Twentieth Century Which Brought One Jewish Family to America"
Stewart Center, Room 313
Latin American and Latino Studies
Wednesday, September 12, 2018 12:00 pm- 2 pm
Through automatic writing and improvised theatre exercises, Maestra Moraga will guide participants in an embodied approach to creativity. As a first step, the intention is to liberate in each student their 'home-grown' writer's voice, allwoing the authenic story-teller to freely and finally emerge. RSVP Required. Maximum of 25 people
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 6:30 pm
"Writing our Way Home: A Queer Chicana Legacy" Drawing upon a thirty-five year trajectory of works, Moraga considers questions of political consciousness and human compassion. Through queer and women of color portraiture, she shapes an abiding narrative as a call to action in the twenty-first century. Cherrie Moraga will read from several of her books including A Xicana Codex of Changing Consciousness (Duke), This Bridge Called my Back (SUNY Press) and several volumes of plays from West End Press. Books available for purchase and a book signing will follow.
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ African American Studies: Emma Noelke
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ American Studies: Saad Mukhtar
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ Asian American Studies: Inna F. Cuntapay
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ Comparative Literature: Tiffany Hunsinger
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ Critical Disability Studies: Olivia Rose Mannin & Hayden Cole Smith
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ Film and Video Studies: Shelby Wilson
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ Jewish Studies: Erica Timmons
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ Linguistics: Marie Cinatl
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ Religious Studies: Michael Seretny
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Jesse Bohlin
2018 Outstanding Senior ~ School of Interdisciplinary Studies: Jesse Bohlin
2017-18 School of Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Teaching Award: Emily C. Dick
Lynn Fellowships: 2018-19
Ozgun Basmaz (American Studies)
Sa'ad Mukhtar (American Studies)
Kaylah Morgan (American Studies)
Caitlyn Parker (American Studies)
Shiyu Zhang (Comparative Literature)
Zachary Call (Linguistics)
Ye-Jee Jung (Linguistics)
Seyyed Hatam Timimi Sa'd (Linguistics)
Purdue Doctoral Fellowship
Malik Raymond (American Studies)
Madelina Nunez (American Studies)
PRF Research Grant
Ashley Matney (Phil/Lit)
Neda Taherkhani (Linguistics)
Bilsland Dissertation Fellowship
Jenna Conklin (Linguistics)
Jennifer Sdunzik (American Studies)
Faculty Awards & Promotions
Promotions to Professor
Beate Allert: German/Comparative Literature/Film Video Studies, 2017
Patricia Boling: Political Science/WGSS, 2017
Thomas Broden: French/Comparative Literature/Philosphy Literature/Film Video Studies, 2017
Alejandro Cuza: Spanish/Linguistics/Latin American and Latino Studies, 2017
Maren Linett: English/Critical Disability Studies/Jewish Studies, 2017
Elena Benedicto: English/Linguistics/MARS/Latin American and Latino Studies, 2018
Kristina Bross: Honors/American Studies/Comparative Literature, 2018
Rayvon Fouche: American Studies/Asian American Studies, 2018
April Ginther: English/Linguistics, 2018
Kevin M Stainback: Sociology/African American Studies, American Studies/WGSS, 2018
Promotions to Associate Professor
David Atkinson: History/American Studies, 2017
Monica Trieu: American Studies/Asian American Studies, 2017
Lori A. Czerwionka: Spanish/Linguistics, 2018
Jennifer Freeman Marshall: English/Womens, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, 2018
Daniel J. Olson: Spanish/Linguistics, 2018
Associate Professor of History; Director of Global Studies
- The Sentinels of Culture: Class, Education, and the Colonial Intellectual in Bengal. New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program
- White Queen: May French-Sheldon and the Imperial Origins of American Feminist Identity. Indiana University Press, 2004.
Nadia E. Brown
Associate Professor of Political Science, and African-American Studies
- Sisters in the Statehouse: Black Women and Legislative Decision Making. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.
- Distinct Identities: Minority Women in U.S. Politics. New York: Routledge, 2016.
Associate Professor American Studies
- No Slam Dunk: Gender Sport and the Unevenness of Change, New Brunswick Rutgers University Press, 2018
Professor of Languages and Cultures, Director of Linguistics
- Cuban Spanish Dialectology: Variation, Contact, and Change. Georgetown Press
Associate Professor of English, Director of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
- Mama’s Gun: Black Maternal Figures and the Politics of Transgression. Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Press, 2016.
Joseph C. Dorsey
Associate Professor, African American Studies
- Slave Traffic in the Age of Abolition: Puerto Rico, West Africa, and the Non-Hispanic Caribbean, 1815-1859. Gainesville: Press of Florida, January 2003.
Director of American Studies
- Game Changer: The Technoscience Revolution in Sports, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017
- Handbook of Science and Technology Studies, Fourth Edition, Edited with Clark Miller, Ulrike Felt, and Laurel Smith-Doerr. Boston: MIT Press, 2017
Professor of Philosophy; Director, Jewish Studies Program
- (revised edition) Maimonides, The Guide of the Perplexed (Julius Guttmann [ed.] and Chaim Rabin [tr.]. London: East and West Library, 1952), new introduction by DHF. Indianapolis and Cambridge, MA: Hackett. 1995.
- History of Jewish Philosophy. London and New York: Routledge. 1997.
- The Jewish Philosophy Reader. London and New York: Routledge 2000.
- (revised edition) Saadya Gaon, The Book of Doctrines and Beliefs (Alexander Altmann [ed./tr.]. Oxford: East and West Library, 1946), new introduction by DHF. Indianapolis and Cambridge, MA: Hackett. 2002.
- The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Jewish Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.
- Spinoza on Politics, with Jason Waller. London and New York: Routledge, 2016.
- Jewish Philosophy Past and Present: Contemporary Responses to Classical Sources. London and New York: Routledge, 2017.
Professor of English; Director, Critical Disabilities Studies
- Modernism, Feminism, and Jewishness. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
- Virginia Woolf: An MFS Reader. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
- The Cambridge Companion to Modernist Women Writers. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.
- Bodies of Modernism: Physical Disability in Transatlantic Modernist Literature. University of Michigan Press, 2016.
Associate Professor of History; Director, Native American & Indigenous Studies
- A Lenape Among Quakers: The Life of Hannah Freeman. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2014.
Professor of American Studies
- Revolutionary Tales: Short Stories by African-American Women From the First Story to the Present. New York: Ed. Laurel (Doubleday) Books. 1995.
- Popular Fronts: Chicago and African American Cultural Politics, 1935-1946. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1999.
- Left of the Color Line: Race, Radicalism and Twentieth-Century Literatures of the United States. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 2003.
- Afro-Orientalism. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2004.
- W.E.B. Du Bois on Asia: Crossing the World Color Line. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2005.
- Afro Asia: Revolutionary Political and Cultural Connections Between African Americans and Asian Americans. Durham: Duke University Press, 2008.
- Un-American: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Century of World Revolution. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2015.
- Against Apartheid: The Case for Boycotting Israeli Universities. Chicago: Haymarket Press, 2015.
- W.E.B. Du Bois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line. London, Pluto Press, 2016.
Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American and Latino Studies
- Cien años de contrahegemonía: Transculturación y heterogeneidad. Lima, Peru: Editorial Fund of the National University, 2008.
Venetria K. Patton
Head, School of Interdisciplinary Studies; Professor; English and African American Studies and Provost Fellow for Diversity & Inclusion
- Women in Chains: The Legacy of Slavery in Black Women’s Fiction. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2000.
- Double-Take: A Revisionist Harlem Renaissance Anthology. New Brunswick, NJL Rutgers, 2001.
- Background Readings for Teachers of American Literature. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006 2nd Edition 2014.
- The Grasp That Reaches Beyond the Grave: The Ancestral Call in Black Women’s Texts. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2013.
Ashley Purpura, Assistant Professor in Religious Studies
- God, Hierarchy, and Power: Orthodox Theologies of Authority from Byzantium. New York: Fordham University Press, 2018
Professor English and Comparative Literature
- The Custom of the Castle from Malory to Macbeth. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1997.
- Elizabethan Literature and the Law of Fraudulent Conveyance: Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare. Ashgate Press, 2003.
- Fortune and Romance: Boiardo 1994 in America. MRTS, 1998.
Ronald J. Stephens
Professor African American Studies
- Idlewild: The Rise, Decline, and Rebirth of a Unique African American Resort Town. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013.
- Images of America, African Americans of Denver. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing 4th Edition, 2008.
- Images of America, Idlewild: The Black Eden of Michigan. Chicago: Arcadia Publishing 6th Edition, 2001.
Harry R. Targ
Professor, Director of Peace Studies
- Planning Alternative World Futures. Praeger, 1975.
- Reordering the Planet: Constructing Alternative World Futures. Allyn and Bacon, 1974. Revised edition issued as Constructing Alternative World Futures. Schenkman, 1977.
- Global Political Economy in the 1980s. Schenkman, 1982.
- International Relations in a World of Imperialism and Class Struggle: An Essay on the History of Ideas. Schenkman, 1983.
- Cold War II: Strategy of an Empire in Decline. Marxist Educational Press, 1986.
- Plant Closings: International Context and Social Costs. Aldine 1988.
- People's Nicaragua. International Publishers 1989.
- Cuba and The United States: A New World Order?. International Publishers, 1992.
- Marxism Today: Essays on Capitalism, Socialism, and Strategies for Social Change. Praeger, 1996.
- Guatemala. Chicago: Children’s Press, 1993.
- Honduras. Chicago: Children’s Press, 1995.
- Challenging Late Capitalism, Neo-Liberal Globalization and Militarism: Building a Progressive Majority www. lulu.com/changemaker. 2006.
- Diary of a Heartland Radical, www.lulu.com/changemaker. 2011.
- Vietnam: From National Liberation to 21st Century Socialism. Changemaker, 2013.
Monica M. Trieu
Associate Professor of American Studies and Director of Asian American Studies
- Identity Construction among Chinese-Vietnamese Americans: Being, Becoming, and Belonging. LFB, 2009.
Ronnie B. Wilbur
Professor of Linguistics
- Brentari, D., Wilbur, R. B. (eds.) (2012). Sign Language Phonology. Sign Language & Linguistics 15, special issue.
- Wilbur, R. B. (Ed.) (2006). Investigating Understudied Sign Languages: Croatian SL and Austrian SL, with comparison to American SL. Sign Language & Linguistics 9, special issue.
- Edmondson, W. H., Wilbur, R. B. (Eds.) (1996). International review of sign linguistics. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.
- Wilbur, R. B. (1987). American Sign Language: Linguistic and applied dimensions. San Diego, CA: College-Hill.
- Hoemann, H. W., Wilbur, R. B. (Eds.) (1982). Interpersonal communication and deafness (Monograph No. 5, Social Research Monograph Series). Washington, D.C.: Gallaudet College Press.
- Menyuk, P., Wilbur, R. B. (Eds.) (1981). Language disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
- Wilbur, R. B. (1979). American Sign Language and sign systems: Research and applications. Baltimore: University Park Press.
- Wilbur, R. B. (Ed.) (1978). Sign language research. Special issue Communication and Cognition.
- Quigley, S. P., Wilbur, R. B., Power, D. J., Montanelli, D. S., Steinkamp, M. W. (1976). Syntactic structures in the language of deaf children. Urbana, IL: Institute for Child Behavior and Development.
Melinda S. Zook
Professor of History and Religious Studies
- Protestantism, Politics and Women in Britain, 1660-1714. New York: Palgrave, 2013.
- Radical Whigs and Conspiratorial Politics in Late Stuart England. University Park: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999.
- Challenging Orthodoxies: Social and Cultural Worlds of Early Modern Women. Ashgate, 2014.
- Revolutionary Currents: Nation Building in the Transatlantic World. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2004.
Each year, the School of Interdisciplinary Studies produces a newsletter detailing the students and the events of the programs.