Sunday, October 12, 2014

October 20: Workshop and Lecture with Prof. Joanna Brooks

The American Studies Consortium welcomes

Joanna Brooks
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University
author of The Book of Mormon Girl

"When Storytelling is Movement Building:
Putting American Studies to Work in the World of Mormonism."

Monday, October 20
3222 Angell Hall
4 PM


Interested graduate students and faculty are also warmly invited to attend a workshop of Professor Brooks’s draft introduction to Mormon Feminist Thought: Classic Writings from Forty Years of the Movement (Oxford UP, forthcoming 2015).

Monday, October 20
3241 Angell Hall
12:30 PM

The workshop file is available on the American Studies Consortium website.

A light lunch will be served. RSVP to Emily Waples (

Joanna Brooks is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at San Diego State University, and a national voice on religion in American public life.  Author of The Book of Mormon Girl: A Memoir of An American Faith (Simon & Schuster, 2012) and the blog “Ask Mormon Girl” (, her work been featured in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Tablet, Salon, and the Michigan Quarterly Review; she has also appeared as a guest on MSNBC, NPR, & The Daily Show.  A senior correspondent for, she has been named one of “50 Politicos to Watch” by, and one of “13 Religious Women to Watch” by Center for American Progress.

Professor Brooks is also the author or editor of five scholarly books, including American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African-American and Native American Literatures (Oxford, 2003), Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions (Oxford 2012), and Why We Left: Untold Stories and Songs of America's First Immigrants (University of Minnesota, 2013). Her scholarship on race, gender, and religion in early American literature has received support and commendation by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Association, and the Modern Language Association.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Tuesday, October 7: faculty and graduate student roundtable on public scholarship

“The American [Public] Scholar”: a faculty and graduate student roundtable 

Tuesday, October 7 
 3222 Angell Hall 
4.30 PM 

“There goes in the world a notion, that the scholar should be a recluse, a valetudinarian, — as unfit for any handiwork or public labor, as a penknife for an axe.” --Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The American Scholar” (1837) 

Please join the American Studies Consortium for a roundtable discussion on the contemporary meanings and manifestations of American public scholarship. A hundred and eighty years after Emerson’s call to (scholarly) action, what possibilities and pitfalls exist for American citizen-scholars? How are institutions of higher education creating opportunities to re-envision or re-invigorate the relationship of the humanities to public life? University of Michigan faculty and graduate students will discuss the ways in which they are conceptualizing and mobilizing public scholarship, transcending institutional forms, and encouraging civic engagement.

Julie Ellison, Professor of English and American Culture
Petra Kuppers, Professor of English, Theatre and Dance, and Women's Studies
Jacqueline Antonovich, PhD Candidate, History
Jina Kim, PhD Candidate, English & Women's Studies
Amanda Hendrix-Komoto, PhD Candidate, History

Please refer to the Workshop Files section of this site to download an essay by Julie Ellison for this event.

Light refreshments will be served.