Conference to Address America and Its Crises

Posted: March 31, 2011 at 1:03 pm

“Critical Junctures: America and Its Crises” is the title of the 2011 conference of the Chesapeake area American Studies Association (CHASA) being held on Saturday, April 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the Mason Hall ground floor on the Fairfax Campus.

The Cultural Studies PhD Program and the Graduate and Professional Students Association (GAPSA) are hosting the conference.

Issues to be discussed include the humanities identity crisis, borders and immigration culture, crisis in education, and “undead” studies (yes, the undead).

See the complete schedule here.

The program features two keynote addresses and a plenary panel:

  • Peter Hitchcock from the City University of New York will speak on “Futures and American Utopia”
  • Dana Luciano from Georgetown University will speak on “The Ghostly Turn”
  • The “Sinking Arizona” panel features James Miller from George Washington University, and Debra Lattanzi Shutika and Paul Smith from Mason

Free registration begins at 9 a.m. Beverages and snacks will be available at registration, as well as coffee and tea throughout the day. A buffet lunch will be supplied for program participants. GAPSA is sponsoring a post-conference reception at the Mason Inn’s The Well, with a cash bar and free appetizers at 7:15 p.m.

Questions and comments can be sent to; the email address will be monitored throughout the day of the conference.

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