American Studies

James Hairston '72

June 10, 2013

Actor Portraying James “Hap” Hairston ’71 in Lucky Guy Receives Tony

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Unlike star reporters, newspaper editors toil behind the scenes, rarely commanding the spotlight. But for James “Hap” Hairston ’71 stardom has arrived—11 years after his untimely passing. Hairston’s life and work are portrayed in the late Nora Ephron’s final work Lucky Guy, the Broadway play starring Oscar-winner Tom Hanks as the charismatic and controversial tabloid [...]

The UPower Technologies team with the GameGlowb

June 3, 2013

Interdisciplinary Student Team Creates Light-Technology Product

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Eight students representing four different majors came together to create a simulated startup company, UPower Technologies, integrating piezo-electric and light-emitting diode (LED) technologies into a recreational, educational, and rehabilitation device. It’s a pilot effort for the type of design projects envisioned for Lafayette’s new Center for Innovation, Design, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership (IDEAL), which will support multidisciplinary [...]

Cultures of Nature

October 23, 2012

Interdisciplinary Course Allows Students to Look at Nature from Multiple Perspectives

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By Michele Tallarita ’12 Sandy Ma ’13 (Nanjing, China) admits to being a little surprised when, for homework, she had to read about policy studies, poetry, and environmental data—all for the same class. But such is the nature of Cultures of Nature, an interdisciplinary course offered through the American studies program. Taught this semester by [...]

Through Alternative School Break, Kelly McNulty ’11 spent a week living among the indigenous Shaur people of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador.

May 22, 2012

Kelly McNulty ’11 and Mathew Pezon ’10 Receive Fulbright Scholarships

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Two alumni have won Fulbright Scholarships that will allow them to live, work, and study in foreign countries in 2013. Kelly McNulty ’11 received an English Teaching Assistantship Award, and Mathew Pezon ’10 won a scholarship to study in Spain. Thirty-three Lafayette students have received Fulbrights in the last 13 years. McNulty begins her Fulbright [...]

Daniel Rosen P’12, Megan Devlin ’12, and Elizabeth Moroney ’14

April 2, 2012

Students Explore Inner Workings of New York Supreme Court

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Prior to serving an externship at the New York County Supreme Court over the winter break, American studies major Megan Devlin ’12 (Pennington, N.J.) thought she would look for a paralegal position at a private firm after graduating from Lafayette. After spending three days learning the ins and outs of the court system with host [...]

Prof. Chris Phillips (right) and Gavin Jones '14

February 21, 2012

Prof. Chris Phillips Explores Reading Habits of 19th Century Eastonians, One of the First Studies of Its Kind in the Country

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Until a year ago, the emerging research field of the history of reading was largely circumstantial, based on diaries or sales figures. A public database launched last March and later reported by Anne Trubek in the New York Times article “What Muncie Read” set the stage for authoritative records of American reading. The Muncie, Ind., database, [...]

Members of Tech Clinic from left are: Yen Joe Tan '14, Aaditya Khanal '12, Holden Ranz '12, Stacey Goldberg '12, Garrett Rice '12, Rachel Lewitt '13.

January 6, 2012

Technology Clinic Applies Interdisciplinary Approach to Local Fish Farming

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A Technology Clinic class is using the wide-ranging expertise of its members to make a fish-farming operation more economically and environmentally efficient. “The goal of Technology Clinic is to use the resources and background of five or six different students to help solve real-world problems. Currently, we are working with David Due in Roseto, Pa., [...]

Michael Trejo ’12 and Martha Heinze ’86

December 19, 2011

Global Banking: JJ Houldin ’12 and Michael Trejo ’12 Go Inside JPMorgan Chase

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Joseph “JJ” Houldin ’12 (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Michael Trejo ’12 (Falls Church, Va.) spent the summer exploring the world of global banking as interns with Martha Heinze ’86, executive director of treasury and securities services at JPMorgan Chase in New York City, and a member of the Lafayette Board of Trustees. Houldin, an American studies [...]

Professor D.C. Jackson teaches a class in Ramer History House.

November 29, 2011

Professor D.C. Jackson Encourages Students to Think about Politics of Technology

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D.C. Jackson likes to bring the unexpected into his classroom. Ask most people about their idea of technology, says the professor of history, and they’ll proudly hold out their iPhone or some other gadget. But it’s technology in another sense – water, power, and electric networks – where Jackson demonstrates the way of the world to [...]

Donald Miller, John Henry MacCracken Professor of History, teaches a class in Ramer History House.

November 18, 2011

Professor Donald L. Miller Helps Fill Historical Holes with HBO Documentary He Has Seen War

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We think of them as the Greatest Generation: the World War II soldiers who fought the noble war and came home to usher in an economic boom and the idyllic period of the 1950s. But their stoicism and reluctance to discuss the combat stress they suffered hid a darker side to victory “over there.” In [...]