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Queer Brides and Lonely Swains: American Picture Brides and the Effects of Marriage, Race, and the Family on U.S. Immigration Policy - Kathryn Vaggalis
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 2-3:30 PM
Watson Library, Third Floor, Haricombe Gallery

Kathryn Vaggalis
PhD Candidate, Department of American Studies

The stories of early twentieth century Japanese picture brides — women in arranged marriages coming to the United States to meet the immigrant men they married by proxy — are popularly known in memory, scholarship, and pop culture. Less is known about their Southern European counterparts coming to the country at the same time, and to much less public outcry and legislative restrictions. Together, their stories show the history of racial formations in the United States and the contradictory ways immigration policy has been shaped by American ideas of marriage, family,
and sexuality.

The Department of American Studies invites you to the first talk in our series: Activism in the Archives, Scholarship in the Streets
May Fu, Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego
Radicalism and Anti-Racism in Practice and Pedagogy
Friday, November 2
3:30 p.m., Centennial Room, Kansas Union

May Fu is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department​ of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego where she teaches classes on the comparative histories of racialized groups, social movements, and women of color feminisms. Her research examines the the political praxis of Asian American community organizing during the 1960s and 1970s, particularly in New York City, Detroit, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Drawing on dozens of oral histories with movement activists, she explores the panethnic, interracial, and international affiliations that shaped Asian American radicalism. She has participated in grassroots movements for educational justice, transformative justice and community accountability, affordable housing, and is currently organizing with other Asian Americans to dismantle anti-Blackness in their communities.

Sharing Stories: A Conversation with Muslim Women in the Midwest
October 30, 6:00 p.m., Kansas Ballroom

  • This article, written by Geoffry Newman, was published in the August edition of the Kansas History Journal. Congratulations Geoffry!
  • Rachel Schwaller and Saoussen Cheddadi successfully defended their respective dissertations on October 29, 2018. Congratulations, Drs. Schwaller and Cheddadi!
  • Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Kathryn Vaggalis for being awarded the American Studies Association's 2018 Gene Wise-Warren Susman Prize!
  • Dr. Gamze Kati Gumus defended her dissertation with honors on May 10, 2018. Congratulations, Dr. Kati Gumus!
  • KU-AUMI InterArts was recently featured by the Commons in a video on improving inclusive communities at KU. You can watch the video, which features our own Sherrie Tucker amongst other founders of the movement at KU, and learn more about AUMI here!
  • Congratulations to Professor Robert Warrior on being elected to a member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • This articlewritten by Ph.D. candidate Hannah Bailey, was published in the latest edition of Soundings: An Interdisciplinary Journal. Congratulations, Hannah!
  • We would like to recognize Patrick Sumner, 2005 alumni, for his work in this article about the defacement of the John Brown memorial in the Quindaro area of Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jonathan Burrow-Branine for successfully defending his dissertation with honors January 25, 2018.
  • Please read this article about Professor Robert Warrior titled: Native scholar uncomfortably at home in American studies field.
  • Congratulations to Daniel Carey-Whalen, an alumni that was recently promoted as UTEP's Centennial Museum director.
  • Congratulations to Josh Parshall, an alumni who was recently featured in this article.
  • How a motion-tracking musical software is breaking down barriers for people with disabilities: click here to read more about the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a one-of-a-kind piece of inclusive technology that promotes musical improvisation. The article recognizes Professor Sherrie Tucker, who started AUMI jam sessions and helped to bring the grant and symposium for it to Lawrence. Written by Omar Sanchez
  • KU Special Education Department: With Ray Pence
  • Tribute Or Tribulation? How do we commemorate history? What is the best way to remember a conflicted and painful past? And who gets to decide? Listen here »
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