Jillian Powers on “The Morning Shift” WBEZ Chicago

September 3rd, 2014

On September 3rd, 2014, Jillian Powers was the guest expert on “The Morning Shift,” WBEZ Chicago’s morning program at 10:20 a.m. Powers spoke on the topic of “America, Traditions, and New Immigrants. Click here to listen to the program!


Home Calendar of Events “The Secret White House Cuban Missile Crisis: Getting it Right after Half a Century” – Sheldon Stern

March 3rd, 2014

Stern Talk

On March 12th at 5:00pm, historian Sheldon Stern will give a talk titled, The Secret White House Cuban Missile Crisis: Getting it Right after Half a Century. Stern received a B.A. in history from the City University of New York and an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He taught at several colleges and universities before becoming Historian at the JFK Library and Museum in Boston (1977-2000). He was the first non-participant in the ExComm meetings and the first professional historian to hear all of the then classified Cuban missile crisis tapes. He is the author of many articles, as well as the books Averting ‘the final failure’: John F. Kennedy and the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis Meetings (2003), The Week the World Stood Still: Inside the Secret Cuban Missile Crisis (2005), and The Cuban Missile Crisis in American Memory: Myths vs. Reality (2012), in the Stanford University Press Nuclear Age Series.


Fall 2012 American Studies Courses — Enroll!

August 27th, 2012

Welcome new students, and welcome back to all! Check out these information sheets for detailed information on American Studies courses for Fall 2012:

AMST 25B Individualism in America

AMST 35A Hollywood and American Culture

AMST 45b Violence and Nonviolence

AMST 100A Classic Texts in American Culture before 1900

AMST 141A Discovering America

AMST 183b Sports and American Culture

AMST 189a Legal Foundations of American Capitalism


Thursday, 3/29, 4:15 p.m., “God Ble$$ Ameri©a: Contested Ownership of an Iconic Song”

March 26th, 2012

“God Ble$$ Ameri©a”: Contested Ownership of an Iconic Song

Sheryl Kaskowitz, Visiting Lecturer in American Studies, will discuss her new book from Oxford University Press and the history of the song “God Bless America.”

“God Bless America” may have attained the status of an unofficial national anthem, but its roots in Tin Pan Alley tie it inextricably to the world of commerce. Written by Irving Berlin, it has earned millions of dollars in royalties since it was first published in 1938. This talk uses these hidden economics as a framework for examining parallels in the song’s reception during two distinct periods when “God Bless America” was embraced as the anthem of choice by the public: just before the U.S. entry into World War II, and just after the September 11th attacks.

Slosberg 212
Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the American Studies Program and the Department of Music.

RSVP to mzoltan@brandeis.edu and simeone@brandeis.edu


Welcome to the American Studies Program at Brandeis University

November 18th, 2011

Welcome to the official blog for the American Studies Program at Brandeis University. Stay tuned for more details as we launch!


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