American Studies Journals 2018 Calls for Submissions:    


Southwest Council of Latin American Studies

American Studies/American Studies International

Journal of American Studies

2017-2018 American Studies Collections and Exhibits:



2018 Texas and American Studies Meetings


February 7-10, 2018 – Southwest Popular and American Culture Association’s Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM. Link

February 12-17, 2018 – National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates Joint National Conference in Dallas, TX

February 18, 2018 – Annual spring meeting of the East Texas Historical Association in Marshall, TX Link

March 2-3, 2018 – Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Alpine, TX. Link.

March 14-18, 2018- National Council for Black Studies in Atlanta, GA (link needed)

April 6-7, 2018 -Annual meeting of the West Texas Historical Association in San Angelo, TX. (link needed)

April 6-7, 2018 – Texas Institute of Letters annual award ceremony and banquet in San Antonio, TX. Link

April 6-8, 2018 – Annual meeting of the Texas Folklore Society in Lubbock, TX. Link

May 23-26, 2018 – Annual meeting of the Society of Southwest Archivists in San Antonio, TX. Link

June 8-10, 2018 – Annual Conference on the American Revolution at Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD (link needed)

Midwestern State University’s Moffett Library

Midwestern State University’s Moffett Library has been selected as one of 104 grant recipients across the country to host “Native Voices: Native Peoples’ Concepts of Health and Illness,” a traveling exhibition to U.S. libraries.
A program launching the six-week exhibit will begin at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in the leisure reading area of Moffett with opening remarks by MSU’s Interim Provost Dr. James Johnston. Chris Tall Bear of the Oklahoma State Department of Health and Nicholas Wahpepah of the Southern Plains Tribal Health Board will provide prayers and songs. Marshall Gover, president of the Pawnee Business Council in Pawnee, Oklahoma, and a member of the Pawnee Nation, and Rear Admiral Kevin Meeks, acting deputy director of Field Operations for the Indian Health Service and a member of the Chickasaw Nation, will speak on Native American health topics.
Through print images and videos, “Native Voices” explores the interconnectedness of wellness, illness, and cultural life for Native Americans, Alaska natives, and native Hawaiians. Stories drawn from both the past and present examine how health for native people is tied to community, the land, and spirit. In interviews, native people describe the impact of epidemics, federal legislation, the loss of land, and the inhibition of culture on the health of native individuals and communities today.
“We are so pleased to bring the National Library of Medicine’s fascinating exhibition to Wichita Falls,” said University Librarian Clara Latham. “We hope the native people in our community will take pride in the exhibition, and that all visitors will enjoy learning about these powerful concepts.”

Moffett Library will host the exhibition through June 7.

2017 Baylor Pruit Symposium


The 2017 Pruit Memorial Symposium at Baylor University returned  to the theme of black gospel music with “Singing the Sermon: When the Message and Music Matter,” featuring two keynote presentations: “From Spirituals to Blood Songs: Remembering Tradition and Deliverance through Gospel Performance” by Melvin Butler, Associate Professor of Musicology at University of Miami; and “A Theology of African American Sacred Song and Liberation” by Stephen Newby, Associate Professor of Music at Seattle Pacific University.

The annual event brings the perspectives of the Christian intellectual tradition on contemporary issues of common concern. Through the articulation of differing views within the realm of Christian understanding, Baylor aspires to be a locus for a distinctly Protestant and Christian world view that is true to the best thoughts in the Baptist tradition.

Other conference presenters were Deborah Smith Pollard, Terri Brinegar, Coretta Pittman, Jerry Zolten, and Laura Nash with Andrew Virdin. Click here for a complete schedule of events and presentations.

The Baylor American Studies Program was among the 2017 Pruit Symposium sponsors. Other sponsors included Armstrong Browning Library; Truett Theological Seminary; Baylor University Libraries; Baylor School of Music; the Department of Journalism, Public Relations & New Media; the Department of History; the Department of English; the Department of Religion; the Kyle Lake Center for Effective Preaching; the Center for Christian Music Studies; and the Baylor University Diversity Enhancement Grant.



The 2017 American Studies Association of Texas Conference will be held November 9-11, 2017, in Huntsville, Texas. The theme of the 61st Annual American Studies Association of Texas Conference, to be held on the campus of Sam Houston State University, is “Journeys, Treks, and Voyages That Shape(d) the Americas”


Southern Motor Car Company, Houston, 1908-1910. ”The Dixie Tourist”, 1909, pictured.

Registration details here
Keynote Speaker info here

Deadline for submissions: October 8, 2017
Contact email:

Conference information on Registration Form, Schedule, Keynote Speaker, Location and Hotels, and Parking may also be found at the conference website:


SHSU National Book Awards on Campus Reading


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The Sam Houston State University National Book Awards Festival was held April 24, at the Lowman Student Center Ballroom.

The event featured Rep. John Lewis, writer Andrew Aydin, illustrator Nate Powell, collaborators on the graphic novel trilogy, March, winner of the National Book Award for young people’s literature.

Lewis co-authored the third volume of the graphic memoir March Trilogy with Andrew Aydin, drawn by Nate Powell. Lewis is Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District Representative and an American icon widely known for his role in the Civil Rights Movement. He is the author of Walking with the Wind: A Memoir of the Movement, published in 1999, which won numerous awards; and Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change, published in 2012.
Andrew Aydin, an Atlanta native, grew up reading and collecting comic books. After college, upon taking a job with Congressman Lewis, Andrew learned that the civil rights legend had been inspired as a young man by a classic 1950s comic book, Martin Luther King & The Montgomery Story. They discussed the impact that comic books can have on young readers and decided to write a graphic novel together about the civil rights era. A few years later, the March series was born. Today, Andrew serves as Digital Director & Policy Advisor to Congressman Lewis in Washington, D.C.

Nate Powell, called by Booklist magazine “the most prodigiously talented graphic novelist of his generation,” was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. In addition to the March series, his work includes Rick Riordan’s The Lost Hero, You Don’t Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence of Our Friends, and The Year of the Beasts. Nate’s work has received copious honors, including the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel, a Los Angeles Times Book Prize nomination, and four “Great Graphic Novels for Teens” from the American Library Association. His animated illustrations in Southern Poverty Law Center’s documentary Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot have reached one million students in over 50,000 schools across the nation, and he is currently preparing a new graphic novel, Cover.

The National Book Awards are among the most prestigious annual literary awards in our nation. The awards were established in 1950 and the first winners included Nelson Algren in fiction and William Carlos Williams in poetry. In brief, nearly every major American writer of the past sixty years has been honored by the National Book Awards, if not as a winner, then as a finalist.
Since 1996, independent panels of five writers have chosen the National Book Award Winners in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature.
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In Support of the Sanctuary Campus Movement


Disclaimer: This statement has been issued by the American Studies Association (ASA). ASAT’s sharing of this information does not reflect an official endorsement on the issue from ASAT. Colleagues who seek an official stance on the issue are encouraged to contact their campus administrators.
November 30, 2016Press Contact: John F. Stephens,

As an organization dedicated to the support and advancement of scholars, students, and teachers, the American Studies Association strongly endorses the measures across educational institutions at all levels that are designed to offer institutional support to all those whose ability to continue their educations will be severely hindered by the enactment of the exclusionary policies on immigration and religious affiliation promised by a Trump administration.  Whether by offering refuge for students facing deportation or detainment, or by providing services and resources necessary to continuing their education despite arrest, imprisonment, or deportation, or through the protection of student data as well as other means, campuses across the country have committed to acting on behalf of the groups to be made most vulnerable. Under the rubric of “sanctuary campus” and otherwise, individuals and institutions have expressed their willingness to act on behalf of students despite the risks involved in civil disobedience, a commitment that resonates with and pulls forward the importance of civil disobedience to the history and formation of the U.S. nation since its founding.  We recognize, too, the exacerbation of vulnerability for women, for lesbian, gay, and transgender people, for indigenous and native people, and for People of Color among all too many others, that will likewise require continuing and intensified efforts to address. In accordance with our long held principles of academic freedom and orientation toward the public good, the ASA is likewise dedicated to providing resources and support regardless of immigration status, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, or any other category of socio-political identity, to those who teach and learn in and outside of formal educational institutions. We encourage individuals and institutions with similar values to adopt, proactively, similarly supportive measures.
Executive Committee of the American Studies Association

President: Robert Warrior, University of Kansas
President-elect: Kandice Chuh, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
Immediate Past President: David Roediger, University of Kansas
Councilor: Jodi Byrd, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Councilor: Christina Hanhardt, University of Maryland, College Park
Councilor: Sharon Holland, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

In Memory of Dr. Dan R. Jones

By Sean Ferrier-Watson

This past April Dr. Dan R. Jones, President of TexaA&M UniversityCommerce from 2008 to 2016, tragically passed away in Commerce, Texas, to the shock and dismay of his friends and colleagues. Not only did his passing leave a deep void in Texas higher education, but his unexpected death affected my life and my family’s profoundly. Dan was my father-in-law.

He was also my role model in higher educationexemplifying the values I hold dear as a youneducator and scholar, particularly his great love and respect for the teaching of literature, history, and writing. Dan was a consummate scholar of American Studies, dabbling in a wide array of subjects, from journalism and history to music and literature. He earned his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Iowa. He also held an M.A. in English from Rice University and another in American Studies from the University of Iowa.

His love for American Studies knew few bounds and his appreciation for the American StudieAssociation of Texas is one of the reasons I pursued a role in the organization. ASAT was one of the first true connections I made with Dan.

When I presented at my first ASAT conference back in 2012, Dan supported and encouraged metouting the organization’s reputation for friendliness toward new scholars. When I had an article published in the 2013 issue of JASAT, Dan expressed to me his sense of indebtedness toward the organization and its journal. Before becoming an administrator, Dan taught as an assistant professor at the University of HoustonDowntown, where he published two articles in JASAT and held regular membership in the organization. These articles were critical in gaining his tenure and by extension establishing his career in higher education.

When going through a few boxes from his office this summer, I found his contributor copies from JASAT and had a chance to read over his articles —“The Fiction of Fact: Journalism As American Art” (1988) and “Madness, Mayhem, and Mystery: the Story of Murder in Texas” (1992). His voice felt remarkably familiar—his choice of diction, the crispness of his phrases, his subtle but strangely direct manner of presenting his points. I knew it swell. It was a voice I loved and admiredthe voice of my wifewho is now close to finishing her own Ph.D. in creative writing at University of North Texas.

When reading his article “The Fiction of Fact,” I also realized just how strong a focus we shared in our scholarship. I knew Dan had an interest in New Journalism and the writings of Tom Wolfe and Truman Capote, but I never realized that both of us shared in a mutual fascination with their ability to blur the lines between the real and the fabricated, the expected and the unexpected.

If I had read these articles earlier, before Dan had passed away, I might have asked him about his feelings on the Beats, whether he liked the writings of Jack Kerouac, a contemporary of Capotes, and a writer that set the stage for New Journalism, but these are conversations Dan and I will never share. In reading these articles, I discovered a part of Dan I never knew and missed a conversation we never had with each other. I am grateful to JASAT for preserving his ideas in the pages of their journal, and

I am glad to serve within an organization that publishes articles by scholars like Dan Jones.

American Studies Association of Texas Membership

There are four classes of individual membership and one for institutions.

  • Basic Membership is $25 per year.
  • Sustaining Membership is $50 per year.
  • Student and Retired Memberships are $15 per year.

Institutions may join and support ASAT at $50 per year.

Make checks payable to ASAT. Dues can be paid at the annual meeting or by sending a check to…

Greg Giddings, Secretary/Treasurer

Department of English

Midwestern State University

Wichita Falls, TX 76308