American Studies

Ramon Rivera-Servera wins Latino Studies Section of LASA Award for Best Book

by Shaun Manning June 3, 2013

The University of Michigan Press is proud to congratulate Ramon Rivera-Servera on receiving the Latino Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association Award for Best Book for his book Performing Queer Latinidad: Dance, Sexuality, Politics. The prize represents one of the most significant awards, as it considers books across all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Rivera-Servera’s book, which has also been nominated for a Lambda Literary award, examines the ways in which performance shaped the queer public culture of the 1990s and early 2000s, unifying individuals of diverse backgrounds in an era marked both by increased influence […]

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Andreá Williams talks ‘Dividing Lines’ on New Books in African American Studies

by Phillip Witteveen May 17, 2013

Author Andreá Williams joined host Vershawn Young to talk about her new book Dividing Lines: Class Anxiety and Postbellum Black Fiction on the New Books Network’s New Books in African American Studies. The book examines the beginnings of class anxiety and intraracial class tensions in postbellum black communities as they manifest themselves in the literature of that time period. Williams incorporates the fiction of such authors as Sutton E. Griggs, Charles Chesnutt, and W.E.B. DuBois, as the first generations of freed men and women came to terms with their new social status.  Her perspective on this more complex culture was framed by […]

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Guest blog: Daniel Stein on Louis Armstrong earning a place on Time Magazine’s list of the 20 most influential Americans

by Emily July 30, 2012

Daniel Stein, author of Music Is My Life: Louis Armstrong, Autobiography, and American Jazz, guest blogs about Time Magazine’s selection of Louis Armstrong as one of the twenty most influential Americans of all time and about an upcoming talk on Armstrong’s 1965 tour to East Germany. A few days ago (July 24), Time Magazine announced its selection of the twenty most influential Americans of all time. Among Time’s “trailblazers, visionaries and cultural ambassadors who defined a nation” are U.S. presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt, inventors and scientists like Alexander G. Bell, Thomas Edison, the […]

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‘The Americanist’ Author Daniel Aaron Awarded National Humanities Medal

by Shaun Manning March 14, 2011

Daniel Aaron, author of The Americanist, was recently selected to receive the 2010 National Humanities Medal. Ten awards are given each year for outstanding achievements in history, literature, education, and cultural policy. The medal will be presented at a ceremony in the White House, followed by a reception in the recipients’ honor attended by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The official citation honoring Aaron reads: Daniel Aaron for his contributions to American literature and culture. As the founding president of the Library of America, he helped preserve our nation’s heritage by publishing America’s most significant writing in […]

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Black freedom struggles displayed in St. Louis, says story featuring UMP author

by Heather Newman February 25, 2010

In the Sunday February 21st St. Louis Beacon political reporter Jo Mannies writes, “Much is made of the civil-rights movement in northern cities like New York, Chicago and Detroit, or southern cities like Atlanta and Memphis. Clarence Lang, associate professor at the University of Illinois in African-American Studies and history, argues in his new book Grassroots at the Gateway: Class Politics and Black Freedom Struggle in St. Louis, 1936-75 that the civil-rights histories in border-state cities like St. Louis offer a clearer window into the nation’s longstanding struggle over race.” Click here to see the full story featuring Lang and […]

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