November 15, 2016
Dear American Studies Association members and registrants for the upcoming annual meeting:
I am writing on behalf of the ASA’s Executive Committee with a message about the meeting and also with some updates from the Program Committee’s co-chairs on some of the sessions that have recently been added to this week’s program.
First, the Executive Committee has a compelling sense that we ought to say something in advance of our upcoming meeting given the recent election results in the US and the many ongoing issues that are of deep concern to ASA members that continue to give us grave concern. We as elected leaders of the association hope our annual meeting this week in Denver will provide opportunities for a renewed collective commitment to the importance of our actions as scholars in and citizens of the world. In Denver, the national council will be discussing issuing a statement that articulates the association’s long-standing commitments to justice in light of recent events and ongoing struggles. This year as much or more than ever, we want the annual meeting to be a reminder to all of us of the power of our collective knowledge, wisdom, solidarity, and hope to respond to forces that target and threaten so many, including many of our members, and seek to diminish the values we embody and express in standing for justice and against xenophobia, homophobia, racism, sexism, the ongoing dispossession of Indigenous peoples, and the destruction of places we live.
We look forward to seeing those of you who will be in Denver. Please let us know what we can do to make ASA the sort of association you need in facing the challenges you are up against in your scholarship, teaching, and intellectual witness.
Second, the co-chairs of the Program Committee and I have added several sessions over the past several weeks in response to issues that have arisen since the formal work of building the program was completed in June. The sessions listed below are in the online version of the program. We hope you will be able to attend some of them along with the other rich offerings you as members and the Program Committee are bringing to Denver.
Safe travels to those heading to Denver. We will miss those who can’t make it this year and will hope to see you next year in Chicago.
American Studies Association