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How New England could become Farmville again

In an article in the Boston Globe, Professor Brian Donahue discusses his "elaborate report laying out a scenario in which New England, in the year 2060, has three times as much farmland as it does now—a full 6 million acres, or 15 percent of the entire landmass, upon which to raise crops and livestock that would be consumed by the local population. Under these conditions, the authors of the report argue, New England could grow 50 percent of its own food." Read more at the Boston Globe.


Doherty Presents Hollywood and Hitler: The back story, at Drew University, Nov. 13

In the last years of the 20th century, Hollywood was big on causes. But in the 1930s, American cinema was virtually silent on one of history’s most urgent moral issues: The rising persecution of Jews in Nazi Germany. This silence was especially curious because the era’s most powerful movie moguls were Jews, who themselves had fled Russian pogroms a generation earlier.

Presenting at the daylong conference, Hollywood and Nazi Germany, 1933-1945, Stories Told/Stories Untold, Professor Doherty, author of Hollywood and Hitler, 1933-1939, will delve deeper into this complex story with a panel of experts at Drew University in Madison on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.

Read more about the conference and Professor Doherty’s talk here.


A Statement from the American Studies Program on the recent move by the American Studies Association to boycott Israel:

It is a with deep regret that we in the American Studies Program at Brandeis University have decided to discontinue our institutional affiliation with the American Studies Association.  We view the recent vote by the membership to affirm an academic boycott of Israel as a politicization of the discipline and a rebuke to the kind of open inquiry that a scholarly association should foster.  We remain committed to the discipline of American Studies but we can no longer support an organization that has rejected two of the core principles of American culture-- freedom of association and expression.


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The American Studies program offers an interdisciplinary approach to the myths, values, symbols, institutions and behavior of the peoples of the United States and to the questions raised by the influence of the United States in shaping the modern world. The American studies major is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the history and major features of American civilization.

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Students anticipating careers in law, business, public policy, communications, education, journalism, teaching and careers as professors of American Studies, history and literature have typically enrolled in the department.

As a sponsor of programs in law, journalism and environmental studies, the department welcomes students who seek active engagement with the contemporary world through firm grounding in a sound liberal arts education.


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The American Studies Program Remembers Blanche Linden

It is with sadness that we post this obituary of our former colleague, Blanche Linden, who taught in Brandeis’ American Studies Department from 1979-85, and then again from 1993-94. A scholar of American history and culture, Blanche also served as the President of the New England Studies Association.

Blanche Marie Gemrose Linden, 68, died unexpectedly July 31, 2014, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She was born July 4, 1946, in Battle Creek, Michigan, the beloved daughter of the late George and Lauretta Gemrose. A longtime resident of Watertown, Massachusetts, she moved to Fort Lauderdale following her retirement and had been a Florida resident for almost twenty years. Continue reading more here.