American Studies Graduate Student Conference
Thursday, April 4 – Friday, April 5 / The Texas Union
Full details and schedule here.
American Studies Film Series
Saturday, April 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. / CAL 100
This month, the American Studies Film Series will host a FREE screening of “Grey Gardens,” directed by Albert and David Maysles. The film depicts the everyday lives of two reclusive socialites, a mother and daughter both named Edith Beale, who lived at Grey Gardens, a decrepit mansion at 3 West End Road in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighborhood of East Hampton, New York.
American Studies Professional Development Workshops, 2012-2013
Archival Research Workshop with Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa and Jeannette Vaught
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 4pm-5pm / Burdine 436B
AMS students at all levels are welcome to attend this workshop about archival research methods.
Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa, Doctoral Candidate in American Studies
Jeannette Vaught, Doctoral Candidate in American Studies
Conference Strategies Workshop with Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez
Monday, Nov 12, 2012, 5pm-6pm / Burdine 436B
Grants and Fellowships Workshop with Nhi Lieu and Melanie Morgan
Tuesday, October 2, 2pm – 3pm / Burdine 436B
Interested in applying for grants but don’t know where to start? This workshop covers the basics: what kinds of funding graduate students are eligible for, where to find opportunities, and how to organize your application process. Also to be discussed, questions about grant writing and the role of grants in your professional development. AMS students at all levels are welcome to attend the workshop. If you have materials that you would like to workshop, or particular concerns you wish addressed, please contact Nhi Lieu at email@example.com and Melanie Morgan at MMorgan@austin.utexas.edu. Please RSVP to Ella by Friday, September 21st.
CV Workshop with Randy Lewis
Monday, October 22, 11am – 12pm / Burdine 436B
AMS students at all levels are welcome to attend the workshop. Dr. Lewis is leading this as a CV workshop, so please bring a copy of your CV and be ready to discuss/share with the group. Workshop leaders: Dr. Randy Lewis, Associate Professor, American Studies. Please RSVP to Ella by Friday, October 12.
American Studies Film Series
Tuesday, March 19, 6:30-8:00 p.m. / CAL 100
Thursday, September 27, 6:00-8:00 p.m. / WCH 1.120
The Cabin in the Woods
Thursday, October 25th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. / CAL 100
2012-2013 American Studies Kick-Off Lunch
Tuesday, August 27, 2012
American Studies Honors Symposium
Thursday, April 19, 2012
This symposium showcased the remarkable research of our undergraduate honors thesis writers in the Department of American Studies. During the first part of the event, three papers were presented that explored diverse topics related to Texas and its borderlands, including research on hydraulic fracturing; state educational standards in the social studies curriculum; and an analysis of the drug war in Mexico and local efforts to resist violence with art and social activism. The second part was comprised of four papers that examined various modes of creative expression, ranging from expatriate African American novelists in Paris; rock-and-roll and its unlikely alliance of Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, and Walt Whitman; boy choir schools and coming of age narratives in American culture; and sport, Jack Kerouac and the creative process.
Spring Lecture: Dr. Joel Dinerstein, “Hip vs. Cool: Delineating Two Key Concepts in American Popular Culture”
Friday, March 2, 2012
The Graduate Student Events Committee was pleased to sponsor a lecture by UT American Studies alum Dr. Joel Dinerstein, professor of English and director of American Studies at Tulane University. The title of his talk was “Hip vs. Cool: Delineating Two Key Concepts in American Popular Culture.” Joel Dinerstein is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Tulane University where he also directs the American Studies program. He is the author of Swinging the Machine: Modernity, Technology, and African-American Culture Between the World Wars (2003), an award-winning cultural study of the relationship between jazz and industrialization. He is currently working on a cultural history of the concept of cool in American culture, The Origins of Cool: Jazz, Film Noir, and Existentialism in Postwar America (forthcoming, University of Chicago Press). In a related project, Dinerstein is a co-curator of a photography exhibit entitled American Cool at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution. (Opening: March 2014.) He has also been a consultant on jazz and popular music for Putumayo Records, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the HBO serial drama, Boardwalk Empire. Dinerstein received his Ph.D. in American Studies from UT-Austin.
In brief, the African-American concepts of “hip” and “cool” arose in the late 1930s during the Great Migration and have since permeated global popular culture. These terms are now often conflated but were once distinct. “Hip” was synonymous with awareness, and a “hip cat” was both streetwise and a first responder to new artistic and cultural trends. Hip stood for a vibrant urban energy that has since been commodified into a quality of superficial edginess. In contrast, cool was associated with equipoise and emotional self-control, with a certain stylish stoicism. I will analyze the origins of hip and cool in postwar American culture and then the redirection of these terms first, by the Beat Generation and the counterculture, and second, through their commodification by corporate advertising a generation later. Finally, I will discuss how cool, in particular, has retained its ethnic value within African-American masculinity.