2016 Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference



Drs. Cassy Burleson and Mia Moody/Ramirez represented the Baylor  University American Studies Department at the 2016 Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference. Burleson presented “Apples Don’t Fall Far from the Tree: Tracing the Trail to ‘Her Texas: Story, Image, Poem & Song.'” Moody-Ramirez presented “Discourse Analysis of the Top Rachel Dolezal Internet Memes.”

The 37th Annual Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference was held Feb. 10-13 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Albuquerque, N.M. The mission of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association (SWPACA) is to promote an innovative and nontraditional academic movement in Humanities and Social Sciences and to celebrate America’s cultural heritages.

The organization aims to provide an outlet for scholars, writers and others interested in popular/American culture, to share ideas in a professional atmosphere, and to increase awareness and improve public perceptions of America’s cultural traditions and diverse populations.

Several Baylor professors and students from various disciplines attended the conference. Conference presentations were educational and enlightening.

“Attending the conference was a great experience for me,” Moody-Ramirez said. “I hope to return each year.”



American Studies Student Spotlight

Baylor Student Earns Many Kudos

Liz Fassih, a graduate student in the American Studies Program at Baylor University, has earned many kudos while at Baylor University. She has presented at numerous conferences and co-written several journal articles. Last year, she was named Top Graduate Student in the Baylor University Department of Journalism, PR & New Media and the American Studies Program. After graduating from Baylor in May, she plans to pursue a J.D./Ph.D. joint program. She has been accepted into the following  programs: the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, the University of Michigan, the University of Virginia and Duke University.

While attending Baylor University, Liz’s research has primarily focused on Iranian-Americans and how they are depicted in mass media messages. She serves as an editorial assistant for the American Studies Association of Texas blog and the Journal of American Studies Association of Texas.  The Cleveland native received her bachelor’s degree in social studies education from Bowling Green State University. The video below features Liz with Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez, the Baylor American Studies Program Director. 

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Liz Fassih, Baylor University American Studies Graduate Student

JASAT Excerpts

The Love Song of Larry J. McMurtry: The Last Picture Show

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 By: Giddings, Greg; JASAT (Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas), 2013 Nov; 44: 57-64. (journal article), Database: MLA International Bibliography Subjects: alienation; film adaptation; Bogdanovich, Peter

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Wounds of Imperfection: Spirituality and Syncretism in Rilla Askew’s Fiction 

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 By: Hada, Kenneth; JASAT (Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas), 2013 Nov; 44: 45-56. (journal article), Database: MLA International Bibliography Subjects: religious beliefs; religious syncretism

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Book Reviewers Needed

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

As the new book review editor for Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas (JASAT), I would like to invite any interested scholar to write a review for our upcoming issue. Attached is a list of books to consider from different publishing houses. If you have a particular book in mind, I am willing to consider any book that explores a topic dealing with American history, literature, journalism, or culture. The reviews need to be roughly 350 words long.

The current list of books covers a variety of topics—pop culture, literature, film, history, philosophy, politics, journalism, pedagogy, composition, and cultural issues—and hopefully covers a topic you are currently researching or might have an interest in studying. Please feel free to share this list with your colleagues and graduate students as well. As many of you know, book reviews are a great way for graduate students to get their first publication.

Here is a link to our book review guidelines: http://asatexas.org/bkreview.html. Basic membership in ASAT is required to write a review ($25 per year). The deadline for committing to a review is Feb. 22. We will need completed drafts by April 1.

If you would like to complete a review this year, please email your top three picks to sferrier-watson@collin.edu.

Sean Ferrier-Watson