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PAST PRESIDENTS OF THE ASSOCIATION

Carl Bode, 1951-52
Charles Barker, 1953
Robert E. Spiller, 1954-55
George Rogers Taylor, 1956-57
Willard Thorp, 1958-59
Ray Allen Billington, 1960-61
William Charvat, 1962
Ralph Henry Gabriel, 1963-64
Russel Blaine Nye, 1965-66
John Hope Franklin, 1967
Norman Holmes Pearson, 1968
Daniel J. Boorstin, 1969
Robert H. Walker, 1970-71
Daniel Aaron, 1972-73
William H. Goetzmann, 1974-75
Leo Marx, 1976-77
Wilcomb E. Washburn, 1978-79
Robert F. Berkhofer, Jr., 1980-81
Sacvan Bercovitch, 1982-83
Michael Cowan, 1984-85
Lois W. Banner, 1986-87
Linda K. Kerber, 1988-89
Allen F. Davis, 1989-90
Martha Banta, 1990-91
Alice Kessler-Harris, 1991-92
Cecelia Tichi, 1992-93
Cathy N. Davidson, 1993-94
Paul Lauter, 1994-95
Elaine Tyler May, 1995-96
Patricia Nelson Limerick, 1996-97
Mary Helen Washington, 1997-98
Janice Radway, 1998-99
Mary C. Kelley, 1999-2000

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For generous support of the annual meeting

and especially for assistance in making possible the community-linked features of the Detroit, 2000 Program

special thanks are extended to

City of Detroit,

Dennis W. Archer, Mayor;

Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Julie Ellison, Executive Director;

Wayne State University,

Irvin Reid, President;

University of Michigan, Flint,

Juan Mestas, Chancellor;

The Detroit Institute of Arts,

Nancy Jones, Director of Education

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History,

Marcele Riddick, Director of Education and Public Programs

State University of New York at Buffalo,

William R. Greiner, President,

Kerry S. Grant, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences.



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AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION, 2000-2001

OFFICERS

President: MICHAEL FRISCH, SUNY Buffalo
President-Elect: GEORGE SÁNCHEZ, University of Southern California
Past President: MARY KELLEY, Dartmouth College
Executive Director: JOHN F. STEPHENS, American Studies Association
Editor of American Quarterly: LUCY MADDOX, Georgetown University


EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

President: MICHAEL FRISCH, SUNY Buffalo
President-Elect: GEORGE SÁNCHEZ, University of Southern California
Past President: MARY KELLEY, Dartmouth College
Council Member: ELSA BARKLEY BROWN, University of Maryland
Council Member: JOHN KASSON, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Council Member: PATRICIA A. TURNER, University of California, Davis


COUNCIL

CASEY NELSON BLAKE, Columbia University (June 2002)
ELSA BARKLEY BROWN, University of Maryland (June 2001)
SUSAN G. DAVIS, University of California, San Diego (June 2003)
ANN DUCILLE, Wesleyan University (June 2001)
ANN FABIAN, Rutgers University, New Brunswick (June 2002)
SHELLEY FISHER FISHKIN, University of Texas, Austin (June 2003)
NEIL FOLEY, University of Texas, Austin (June 2003)
MICHAEL FRISCH, SUNY Buffalo, President (June 2002)
RAMÓN GUTIÉRREZ, University of California, San Diego (June 2001)
JOHN KASSON, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (June 2001)
MARY KELLEY, Dartmouth College, Past President (June 2001)
EVE MELTZER, University of California, Berkeley, Student Representative, (June 2002)
SARA F. PARROTT, Mt. Hebron High School (Maryland), Secondary School Representative (June 2002)
PEGGY PASCOE, University of Oregon (June 2001)
FATH DAVIS RUFFINS, Smithsonian Institution (June 2003)
GEORGE SÁNCHEZ, University of Southern California (June 2003)
BARBARA SAVAGE, University of Pennsylvania (June 2003)
BARBARA CLARK SMITH, Smithsonian Institution (June 2002)
PATRICIA A. TURNER, University of California, Davis (June 2002)
RICHARD WHITE, Stanford University (June 2002)
LUCY MADDOX, ex officio, Georgetown University, Editor of American Quarterly
JOHN F. STEPHENS, ex officio, American Studies Association, Executive Director


DELEGATE TO AMERICAN COUNCIL OF LEARNED SOCIETIES

MARY HELEN WASHINGTON, University of Maryland, (December 2002)

OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

JOHN F. STEPHENS, Executive Director and Newsletter Editor
MICHAEL COVENTRY, Georgetown University, Electronic Projects Coordinator
CHRIS JUST, George Washington University, Researh Coordinator
LARRY MCREYNOLDS, University of Maryland, College Park, Convention Coordinator
AARON PALMER, Georgetown University, Publications Coordinator
JENNIFER PISH-HARRISON, Georgetown University, Database Coordinator

BOARD OF TRUSTEES TRUST AND DEVELOPMENT FUND

Chair: GEORGE SÁNCHEZ, University of Southern California (June 2003)
MICHAEL FRISCH, SUNY Buffalo (June 2004)
MARY KELLEY, Dartmouth College (June 2003)
JANICE RADWAY, Duke University (June 2002)
MARY HELEN WASHINGTON, University of Maryland, (June 2001)
Executive Director: JOHN F. STEPHENS, ex officio, American Studies Association


FINANCE COMMITTEE

Chair: GEORGE SÁNCHEZ, University of Southern California
Council Member: ELSA BARKLEY BROWN, University of Maryland
Council Member: JOHN KASSON, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Council Member: PATRICIA A. TURNER, University of California, Davis
Executive Director: JOHN F. STEPHENS, ex officio, American Studies Association


BOARD OF WORKING EDITORS FOR THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF AMERICAN STUDIES

JOHNNELLA BUTLER, University of Washington
JAY MECHLING, University of California, Davis
MILES ORVELL, Temple University


NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Chair: RAFIA ZAFAR, Washington University (June 2001)
JOSHUA BROWN, City University of New York Graduate Center (June 2002)
MARY L. DUDZIAK, University of Southern California, (June 2002)
KEVIN GAINES, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (June 2001)
DANA NELSON, University of Kentucky (June 2003)
JACK KUO WEI TCHEN, New York University (June 2003)


COMMITTEE ON AMERICAN STUDIES PROGRAMS

Chair: T. V. REED, Washington State University (June 2001)
FRANCES R. APARICIO, University of Illinois, Chicago (June 2002)
AMY ERDMAN FARRELL, Dickinson College (June 2002)
JAMES FARRELL, St. Olaf College (June 2003)
EVELYN BROOKS HIGGINBOTHAM, Harvard University (June 2001)
Executive Director: JOHN F. STEPHENS, ex officio, American Studies Association


COMMITTEE ON SECONDARY EDUCATION

Co-Chair: SARA PARROTT, Mt. Hebron High School (June 2002)
Co-Chair: SARAH ROBBINS, Kennesaw State University (June 2002)
MARSHA EHLERS, Montebello High School (June 2001)
JAMES HALL, University of Illinois, Chicago (June 2001)
DEBORAH SCHMALHOLZ, School District U-46, Elgin, Illinois (June 2003)
CAREDA TAYLOR, Kenwood Academy, Chicago (June 2002)
RINALDO WALCOTT, York University, Canada (June 2003)


INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE

Chair: HIROKO SATO, Tokyo Women's Christian University, Japan (June 2001)
KOUSAR J. AZAM, Osmania University, India (June 2003)
ROSEMARY F. CROCKETT, United States Information Agency (June 2002)
EKATERINI GEORGOUDAKI, Aristotle University, Greece (June 2003)
PAUL GILES, Cambridge University, United Kingdom (June 2003)
BRENDA DIXON GOTTSCHILD, Temple University (June 2001)
ROBERT G. LEE, Brown University (June 2002)
GUENTER H. LENZ, Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany (June 2001)
KENDALL S. NATVIG, Iowa Central Community College (June 2002)
BRUCE TUCKER, University of Windsor, Canada (June 2001)
Executive Director: JOHN F. STEPHENS, ex officio, American Studies Association



MINORITY SCHOLARS' COMMITTEE

Chair: CATHERINE CENIZA CHOY, University of Minnesota (June 2002)
DAVID ENG, Columbia University (June 2001)
DIONNE ESPINOZA, University of Wisconsin, Madison (June 2003)
DIANE GLANCY, Macalester College (June 2002)
DWIGHT MCBRIDE, University of Illinois, Chicago (June 2001)
DIANA PAULIN, Yale University (June 2003)
Executive Director: JOHN F. STEPHENS, ex officio, American Studies Association


REGIONAL CHAPTERS' COMMITTEE

Chair: GENA CAPONI-TABERY, Texas ASA, University of Texas, San Antonio (June 2002)
MARY BATTENFELD, New England ASA, Wheelock College (June 2003)
LINDA J. BORISH, Great Lakes ASA, Western Michigan University (June 2001)
SIMON BRONNER, Mid-Atlantic ASA, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg (June 2002)
GAIL JARDINE, California ASA, San Jose State University (June 2002)
MATTHEW MANCINI, Southern ASA, Southwest Missouri State University (June 2001)
JEAN CARWILE MASTELLER, Pacific Northwest ASA, Whitman College (June 2002)
JEFFREY S. MILLER, Mid-America ASA, Augustana College (June 2003)
ERIC PORTER, Rocky Mountain ASA, University of New Mexico (June 2003)
HAROLD D. TALLANT, Kentucky-Tennessee ASA, Georgetown College (June 2001)
THOMAS THURSTON, Metropolitan New York ASA, Teacher's College/Columbia University (June 2002)
MARI YOSHIHARA, Hawaii ASA, University of Hawaii (June 2001)
Executive Director: JOHN F. STEPHENS, ex officio, American Studies Association


STUDENTS' COMMITTEE

Chair: KATE MASUR, University of Michigan (June 2001)
RAUL CORONADO, Stanford University (June 2002)
ADAM GOLUB, University of Texas, Austin (June 2002)
ALICE Y. HOM, Claremont Graduate University (June 2001)
EVE MELTZER, University of California, Berkeley, Student Councilor (June 2002)
DEIRDRE MURPHY, University of Minnesota (June 2002)
JANINE SANTIAGO, State University of New York, Buffalo (June 2001)
Executive Director: JOHN F. STEPHENS, ex officio, American Studies Association


WOMEN'S COMMITTEE

Chair: KANDICE CHUH, University of Maryland (June 2001)
JULIA EHRHARDT, University of Oklahoma (June 2003)
TRACY FESSENDEN, Arizona State University (June 2001)
NANCY HEWITT, Rutgers University (June 2002)
ERIN SMITH, University of Texas, Dallas (June 2002)
DANILLE TAYLOR-GUTHRIE, Indiana University Northwest (June 2003)
Executive Director: JOHN F. STEPHENS, ex officio, American Studies Association


BODE-PEARSON PRIZE COMMITTEE FOR 2000

Chair: MICHAEL COWAN, University of California, Santa Cruz
EMORY ELLIOTT, University of California, Riverside
PATRICIA R. HILL, Wesleyan University


JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN PUBLICATION PRIZE COMMITTEE FOR 2000

Chair: ROBERT A. GROSS, The College of William and Mary
PATRICIA HILLS, Boston University
JAMES A. MILLER, George Washington University


RALPH HENRY GABRIEL DISSERTATION PRIZE COMMITTEE FOR 2000

Chair: RACHEL BUFF, Bowling Green State University,
ALICIA GASPAR DE ALBA, UCLA,
MATTHEW FRYE JACOBSON, Yale University.


CONSTANCE ROURKE ARTICLE PRIZE COMMITTEE FOR 2000

Chair: KAREN HALTTUNEN, University of California, Davis
DAVID LUBIN, Wake Forest University
GABRIEL MELENDEZ University of New Mexico


GENE WISE - WARREN SUSMAN STUDENT PAPER PRIZE COMMITTEE FOR 2000

Chair: ERIC LOTT, University of Virginia
KATHERINE MANTHORNE, City University of New York
ELIZABETH YOUNG, Mount Holyoke College


MARY C. TURPIE AWARD COMMITTEE FOR 2000

Chair: MARGARETTA LOVELL, University of California, Berkeley
AMY KAPLAN, Mount Holyoke College
JENNIFER TEBBE, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences


PROGRAM COMMITTEE FOR THE 2000 ANNUAL MEETING

Chair: NEIL FOLEY, University of Texas, Austin
Chair: BRENDA DIXON GOTTSCHILD, Temple University
Chair: SHARON O'BRIEN, Dickinson College
EBELE AMALI, University of Jos, Nigeria
JOHN L. CAUGHEY, University of Maryland, College Park
NAN ENSTAD, University of North Carolina, Greensboro
BETSY ERKKILA, Northwestern University
NORA FAIRES, University of Michigan, Flint
GUENTER H. LENZ, Humboldt-University, Berlin, Germany
MAE M. NGAI, University of Chicago
DEBORAH SCHMALHOLZ, School District U-46, Elgin, Illinois
SHIRLEY WAJDA, Kent State University
S. CRAIG WATKINS, University of Texas, Austin


PRE-CONVENTION COLLABORATIVE/LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS
COMMITTEE FOR THE 2000 ANNUAL MEETING

Chair: LINDA J. BORISH, Western Michigan University
Chair: NORA FAIRES, University of Michigan, Flint
Chair: SHELIA LLOYD, Wayne State University
HANI BAWARDI, Wayne State University
MATTHEW L. DALEY, University of Detroit Mercy
DONNA M. DEBLASIO, Youngstown State University
JUDITH ELLIS, Wayne State University and City of Detroit Recreation Department
JUDITH ENDELMAN, Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
MURRAY JACKSON, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and Board of Governors for Wayne State University
GLEN MANNISTO, Trait Magazine
TED PEARSON, Wayne State University and Independent Writer
JOHN SAILLANT, Western Michigan University
MICHAEL SMITH, Wayne State University


AMERICAN QUARTERLY EDITORS

Editor: LUCY MADDOX, Georgetown University (June 2003)
Associate Editor: TERESA MURPHY, George Washington University (June 2002)
Book Review Editor: BARRY SHANK, University of Kansas (June 2002)
Exhibition Review Editor: KATHERINE GRIER, University of South Carolina (June 2001)


BOARD OF ADVISORY EDITORS

SANDRA GUNNING, University of Michigan (June 2003)
WILFRED MCCLAY, University of Tennessee (June 2002)
ANGELA MILLER, Washington University (June 2001)
GARY Y. OKIHIRO, Cornell University (June 2002)
JOSE QUIROGA, George Washington University (June 2001)
ROY ROSENZWEIG, George Mason University (June 2003)
RAMON SALDIVAR, Stanford University (June 2003)
HOWARD SEGAL, University of Maine (June 2002)
NIKHIL PAL SINGH, University of Washington (June 2003)
SUSAN SMULYAN, Brown University (June 2003)
JACE WEAVER, Yale University (June 2001)
Executive Director: JOHN F. STEPHENS, ex officio, American Studies Association


BOARD OF MANAGING EDITORS

JENNIFER DEVERE BRODY, George Washington University (June 2001)
DAVID PEELER, United States Naval Academy (June 2002)
LESLIE PROSTERMAN, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (June 2001)
DEBORAH ROSENFELT, University of Maryland, College Park (June 2002)
ROSEMARIE GARLAND THOMSON, Howard University (June 2001)
ELLEN WILEY TODD, George Mason University (June 2002)
ROSEMARIE ZAGARRI, George Mason University (June 2002)
Executive Director: JOHN F. STEPHENS, ex officio, American Studies Association


CROSSROADS PROJECT ADVISORY BOARD

Chair: MICHAEL COWAN, University of California, Santa Cruz (June 2003)
KATE DELANEY, USIS, Poland (June 2001)
SARAH DEUTSCH, University of Arizona (June 2001)
SAMIRA KAWASH, Rutgers University (June 2002)
GARY OKIHIRO, Cornell University (June 2002)
MILES ORVELL, Temple University (June 2002)
ROY ROSENZWEIG, George Mason University (June 2001)
GEORGE SANCHEZ, University of Southern California (June 2003)
RICHARD YARBOROUGH, UCLA (June 2003)
Project Director: RANDY BASS, ex officio, Georgetown University (June 2003)
Executive Director: JOHN F. STEPHENS, ex officio, American Studies Association

ASA-JAAS PROJECT ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Chair: STEPHEN H. SUMIDA, University of Washington
MICHELE BOGART, State University of New York, Stony Brook
ROBERT DAWIDOFF, Claremont Graduate University
MICHAEL FRISCH, SUNY-Buffalo
MARY C. KELLEY, Dartmouth College
GARY OKIHIRO, Cornell University
GEORGE SÁNCHEZ, University of Southern California
HIROKO SATO, Tokyo Women's Christian University, Japan
JOHN F. STEPHENS, Executive Director, American Studies Association, ex
officio


TASK FORCE FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN AMERICAN STUDIES

Co-Chair: ALICE KESSLER-HARRIS, Columbia University
Co-Chair: IRENE RAMALHO SANTOS, University of Coimbra, Portugal
MELANI BUDIANTA, University of Indonesia
SCARLETT CORNELISSEN, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
STELEMARIS COSER, Universidade Federal do Espirito Santo, Brazil
DORIS FRIEDENSOHN, Jersey City State College
JANE DESMOND, University of Iowa
GAIL NOMURA, University of Washington
TANIA VENEDIKTOVA, Moscow University


TASK FORCE ON EMPLOYMENT OF PART-TIME, ADJUNCT, AND TEMPORARY FACULTY

Chair: ANN FABIAN, Rutgers University, New Brunswick
WILLIAM PANNAPACKER, Harvard University
AMANDA REES, University of Missouri, Kansas City


TASK FORCE ON RELATIONS WITH ETHNIC STUDIES PROGRAMS, FACULTY, AND STUDENTS

Chair: CAROL MILLER, University of Minnesota
Chair: JONATHAN HOLLOWAY, Yale University
JOHNNELLA BUTLER, University of Washington
ERNESTO CHÁVEZ, University of Texas, El Paso
KANDICE CHUH, University of Maryland
JASON FERREIRA, University of California, Berkeley
GABRIELLE FOREMAN, Occidental College
KATE SHANLEY, University of Montana
MARY HELEN WASHINGTON, University of Maryland
JOHN F. STEPHENS, Executive Director, American Studies Association, ex officio


2000 OFFICERS OF ASA REGIONAL CHAPTERS

CALIFORNIA

President: Renny Christopher, California State University, Stanislaus
Vice President: John Trombold, University of California, Santa Barbara
Secretary-Treasurer: Jackie Donath, Sacramento State University

CHESAPEAKE

President: Vacant
Vice President: Vacant
Secretary-Treasurer: Vacant

GREAT LAKES

President: Linda J. Borish, Western Michigan University
First Vice-President: Anthony Edmonds, Ball State University
Secretary-Newsletter Editor: Philip Terrie, Bowling Green State University
Electronics Editor: John Saillant, Western Michigan University
Treasurer: Donna M. Deblasio, Youngstown State University

HAWAI'I

President/Faculty Liaison: Mari Yoshihara, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Graduate Student President: Alison Hartle, University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Graduate Student Vice President: Rob Vaughn, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

KENTUCKY-TENNESSEE

President: Allison Ensor, University of Tennessee
Vice President: Pamela Warford, Georgetown College
Secretary-Treasurer: Art Wrobel, University of Kentucky

MID-AMERICA

President: Mary Ann Wynkoop, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Vice-President: Wayne A. Wiegand, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Executive Director: Kathleen Wells Morgan, Hickman High School, Columbia, Missouri

MID-ATLANTIC

President: Simon Bronner, Penn State Harrisburg
Vice President: Diane Wenger, University of Delaware
Secretary-Treasurer: Louise Stevenson, Franklin and Marshall College

NEW ENGLAND

President: Adam Sweeting, Boston University
Vice-President: Lisa MacFarlane, University of New Hampshire
Secretary-Newsletter Editor: Jacqueline Ellis, Greenfield Community College
Treasurer: Robert Macieski, University of New Hampshire, Manchester

NEW YORK METRO ASA

President: Thomas Thurston, Teacher's College/Columbia University
Vice President: Rob Dowling, City University of New York
Secretary: Anna Mae Duane, Fordham University
Treasurer: Sarah Chinn, Trinity College

PACIFIC NORTHWEST

President: Walter A. Hesford, University of Idaho
Vice-President: Kathleen A. Dahl, Eastern Oregon University
Secretary-Treasurer: Ryan Simmons, Gonzaga University

ROCKY MOUNTAINS

President: Gabriel Melendez, University of New Mexico
Secretary-Treasurer: Eric J. Sandeen, University of Wyoming

SOUTHERN

President: Matthew Mancini, Saint Louis University
Vice President: Cristine Levenduski, Emory University
Secretary-Treasurer: Peter Dowell, Emory University

TEXAS

President: Traci Smrcka Thompson, Hardin-Simmons University
Vice President: Donald E. Greco, Baylor University
Secretary-Treasurer: Elizabeth Roth, Southwest Texas University

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GENERAL INFORMATION

REGISTRATION

Registration Form

All persons attending the convention must register. To be eligible for the pre-registration fee reduction, your registration form must be postmarked by or on SEPTEMBER 24, 2000. ASA members and program participants will have received a complete program book prior to the start of the fall semester. Others who pre-register for the convention will receive a copy with their badges and tickets. Additional copies of the book may be purchased at the registration desk for $5.00.

Complete the registration form found in this book. Mail it with your check or money order, payable to the American Studies Association, to our bank lock box address:

American Studies Association
c/o WALCOM - Registration Services
6780 Heverlo Road
Sunbury, OH 43074

Or fax registration form toll-free to:

    1-877-848-4123

Please note that this is not a correspondence address. Use it only to remit payments. Please do not send hotel registration forms or room payments to this post office box.

The pre-registration form must be postmarked on or before September 24, 2000. Forms arriving late risk not being processed, and you will be required to pay again at the convention. If there is a duplicate payment, the larger amount will be refunded after the convention. If you are unable to mail your form by September 24, bring it with you to the convention, where you may register at the on-site rate.

The registration desk will be on the second floor of the Marriott Renaissance Center Hotel. The desk will be open the following hours:

    Friday, October 13 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Saturday, October 14 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
    Sunday, October 15 8:30 AM - 12:00 AM

ASA REGISTRANTS

Pre-Registration Fee (postmarked on or before Sept. 24, 2000)
    ASA Member/International Affiliate* $60.00
    ASA Student-Member $20.00
    ASA Member - Household Income Under $15,000/year $40.00
    Non-Members $80.00
    Non-Member - Household Income Under $15,000/year $60.00
    Non-Member- Student $30.00

Registration Fee (on-site)
    ASA Member/International Affiliate* $75.00
    ASA Student-Member $35.00
    ASA Member - Household Income Under $15,000/year $55.00
    Non-Members $95.00
    Non-Member - Household Income Under $15,000/year $75.00
    Non-Member - Student $45.00

*Members of affiliated overseas societies may register at the ASA member's rate.

A Registration form may be found among the pages of this book.
NO REFUNDS OF REGISTRATION OR TICKET FEES WILL BE GRANTED.


BADGES

Badges must be presented for admission to all sessions, receptions, and the book exhibit. Badges are obtained through the payment of registration fees and should be picked up on site at the conference registration desk.


EXPERIMENTAL FORMATS

The 2000 Program Committee has encouraged presenter to try different formats beside the traditional reading of papers--online, exhibit, performance, and "talk" formats. We hope that such experiments will bring variety to the program and give us all more opportunities for conversation and sharing ideas. Sessions in which one or more papers will be presented in these formats are indicated in the program by a parenthetical description following the sessions title. For example: Cyberculture Studies as American Studies: Locating Design, Discourse, and Diversity in Cyberspace (ONLINE)

To be explain what we mean by each alternate format, we offer broad definitions.

Online format means that:

  • the full text of each conference paper as well as introduction and commentary by each panel's moderator will appear on the internet.
  • a web-based "discussion board" for facilitating asynchronous online commentary and discussion of the papers is available. It is envisioned that the online discussion will begin two weeks before the panelists actually meet in Detroit, and that it will continue several weeks after the conference.
  • if the panelist desire, a website may include electronic documents to supplement the presentations, including text, image, audio, and video files, as well as lesson plans and/or teaching strategies for using the papers and/or accompanying online resources in the classroom
Exhibit format means that a paper is either replaced by, or coupled with, an exhibit.

Performance means that instead of or in addition to the regular session papers there will be a performance piece included in the line-up.

"Talk" format means that the presenter has written a paper distributed it ahead of time, as is customary, to the chair and commentator, but will "talk" rather than read the paper, and may, if appropriate, engage the audience in different ways.


FOCUS ON TEACHING DAY

Saturday, October 14 the Committee on Secondary Schools will present a series of four sessions aimed at both secondary school practitioners of American Studies and collegiate-level American Studies scholars interested in pedagogy and in strengthening ties between the two education levels. These sessions will be cross-over workshops that deal with issues of interest to both secondary school and university faculty, in order to highlight the classroom issues we share, as well as to acknowledge our differences. Focus on Teaching Day offers ASA members substantive discussions and debates about curriculum design and teaching practices. For Focus on Teaching Day Registration Forms and luncheon reservations contact the American Studies Association, 1120 19th Street, NW, Suite 301, Washington, DC 20036; phone: (202) 467-4783; fax: (202) 467-4786; email: asastaff@theasa.net.

8:00 - 9:45 AM MICHELANGELO SATURDAY

Seeing the World in Our American Studies Classroom: Teaching Immigrants in the 21st-Century

This roundtable will intermingle presenters from diverse secondary school settings with university colleagues who are committed to interdisciplinary exploration of classroom teaching issues within the larger context of multiculturalism in the Americas. Recognizing the public school classroom as a site of continual social change, our roundtable will share particular stories of three teachers' efforts to adapt their instructional practices to the increasingly diverse student bodies they are serving at the dawn of a new century. Even while celebrating such initiatives, however, our session will also invite the audience to imagine additional ways that enhanced collaborations between American Studies scholars and schoolteachers might foster cultural critique and informed curricular innovation in the schools.

10:00 - 11:45 PM MICHELANGELO SATURDAY

Real Investigations in American Culture: Secondary Students Cross Boundaries from School to the "Real" World through Internships, Service Learning and Oral History Projects

Participants in this roundtable will describe collaborative projects that encourage secondary students to undertake American Studies investigations in the "real" world: service learning activities which raise questions about the intersections of social class, race, and gender; oral history projects which utilize resources of local history societies, archives and members of local communities; and internships which encourage students to explore and influence the development of American history, culture, and values. Participants will assert that these early experiences whet an appetite for further course work in American Studies or other interdisciplinary programs.

12:00 - 1:45 PM CADILLAC - A SATURDAY

Focus on Teaching Day Luncheon

Speaker: George Lipsitz, Don't Cry for Me, Ike and Tina: The Nation, Nostalgia, and Knowledge in the Next Century.

2:00 - 3:45 PM MICHELANGELO SATURDAY

Material Meaning: Citing Detroit as a Site for Writing Culture

This panel asserts that the materiality of Detroit, its places, people and culture, all reveal that, rather than being just a city of the past with and empty present, it is capable of illustrating the ways that Americans negotiate between success and failure. Material Meaning will be presented as a cross between the "talk" and exhibit formats in order to highlight the ways that American Studies research can become a part of classroom practice at both the high school and college levels. The three presentations, working through individual, local, and global perspectives, will deal with the following questions: What are the ways that we can investigate Detroit that challenge traditional notions of success and failure? How can we then bring these negotiations into our classrooms and the lives of our students in order to identify sites of personal, local and global agency? The commentator will conclude by addressing the common points of investigation for high school and college classrooms as suggested by the panel presenters.


WOMEN'S BREAKFAST

Please note that the Breakfast for Women in American Studies, 7:00 AM - 9:00 AM, Saturday October 14, 2000, requires a ticket. Early reservations are advised because tickets are available in limited quantities. No tickets will be sold after 5:00 PM, Thursday, October 12, 2000.


AMERICAN STUDIES ASSOCIATION TOURS:
"Can't Forget the Motor City": Reading and Hearing Detroit

In an effort to address the Program Committee's call for innovation, this tour seeks to take conference participants out of the confines of the host hotel and onto the streets of Detroit to explore the city directly. Thomas Sugrue and Suzanne E. Smith will lead a bus tour of historic sites that are highlighted in respective books on Detroit. Sugrue is the author of The Origins of the Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in PostwarDetroit (Princeton, 1996), and Smith is the author of the recently published Dancing in the Street: Motown and the Cultural Politics of Detroit (Harvard 2000). This tour will incorporate sites relating to Detroit's industrial and cultural history. Some of the stops we hope to include are: Ford's River Rouge Plant, Motown's Hitsville Studios, Michigan's Central Railroad Station, and the Heidelberg Street Project, a site of public art.

The tour will begin from the Hart Plaza River Front area next to the Renaissance Center. We hope to include: Poletown and Hamtramck, the 12th Street area, the Shrine of the Black Madonna, and the Sojourner Truth homes.

Please note that the Bus Tour, 12:00 PM, Saturday October 14, 2000, requires a ticket. Reservations, at $10.00 per ticket, can be made on the "Special Events" section of the 2000 Annual Meeting Registration form or by calling/emailing Walcom at (740)524-4123/ twalton@walcom.com, or at the on-site registration desk. Early reservations are advised because tickets are available in limited quantities. No tickets will be sold after 5:00 PM, Thursday, October 12, 2000.




PRESIDENT'S OVERVIEW:
SPECIAL FEATURES OF THE DETROIT ASA MEETING
MICHAEL FRISCH, PRESIDENT, ASA

From the start, Detroit and all it symbolizes helped frame the broader theme for the 2000 meeting, "American Studies in the World, and the World in American Studies." The formal program detailed in this book embodies that theme in a spectrum of engagements--from those sessions presenting scholarship grounded in the "real world," many involving the specific institutions, communities, neighborhoods, and concerns of Detroit and its regions, to those re-situating and re-imagining the world of American Studies in a trans-national and post-national context.

As this program was taking shape through the inspired efforts of co-chairs Brenda Dixon Gottschild, Neil Foley, Sharon O'Brien, and the superb program committee they assembled, I worked with colleagues in Detroit and the broader Great Lakes ASA (GLASA) region on a framework of activities and special features that could complement the formal program to make Detroit 2000 a truly different convention experience--and a powerful, constructive statement about connections between American Studies scholarship and the worlds and issues we engage through it.

All too often academic conventions take place with no real connection to the people and issues of the host city, and few opportunities for visitors to engage that community in any depth. In selecting Detroit for its 2000 Annual Meeting, ASA implicitly sought to challenge such patterns. In our approach to the meeting, we have sought to make this explicit in ways that would support the traditional program rather than against it.

The diversity, complexity, travails, and vitality of Detroit speak directly to many of the concerns of contemporary American Studies scholarship, and present a chance for us to bring all these together imaginatively. Tours and special off-site sessions can help, and we will be offering some very exciting ones for Detroit, including a bus tour led by Tom Sugrue and Suzanne Smith and a major session at the dazzling Charles Wright Museum of African American History. But there are real limits in how many of these can "work," since the dense web of hotel-centered activities, formal and informal, inevitably exerts a powerful "hold." Accordingly, we have looked in some new directions that build out from the formal program, and then return to it.

I and the program co-chairs have been joined in this work by Linda Borish of Western Michigan University and President of GLASA, Nora Faires of the University of Michigan, Flint, and Sheila Lloyd of Wayne State University, who have transformed, hopefully permanently, the traditional role of "Local Arrangements Chairs." Through their extraordinary leadership, we have crafted a totally new community-based dimension for the annual convention, integrated with feature elements of the formal program itself. In this, we are working closely with the City of Detroit, the Mayor's Office, Wayne State University, the Ann-Arbor based national project Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, whose mission is so resonant with our own program theme, and a wide range of community groups as well as educational and cultural institutions. The plan we have come up with has three complementary and dramatically interrelated aspects:

  • The first is new and frankly experimental: for convention participants willing to come a bit early, we will offer a program of some twenty "Pre-Convention Collaboratives" (PCCs). In these, we invite you to join one of a range of regional groups or institutions for an extended half-day workshop in the community--to learn about their work, to contribute experience and perspective from other regions or communities, and to explore common issues and concerns.
    The PCCs will definitely NOT be session-like events presenting material "to" an "audience" of ASA visitors. Rather, for each we envision a relatively small group of such visitors--five to ten--interested in joining a larger community group for intensive discussion and hands-on work, in some cases with specific outcomes in mind. The PCC hosts include community and activist groups ranging from the arts to historic preservation, major institutions including the Henry Ford Museum and the Reuther Library, specific public history and cultural diversity projects, and groups of regional educators--secondary, community college, and university--concerned with particular community-based issues and challenges.

    The PCCs will be held mostly on Wednesday afternoon or evening and Thursday morning, and will involve pre-registration and a token workshop fee in order to permit, even before people come to Detroit, development of an information base and working relationship between hosts and visitors.
  • The second involves special features in the hotel program itself. The major one is a late Saturday afternoon plenary session at the hotel comprised of a major presentation by William Ferris, Chair of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and a keynote panel including both ASA and major city and regional figures, all responding to Mr. Ferris's address and to the broader themes of our overall meeting. An additional program feature will spotlight the cultural diversity and vitality of Detroit through "Strait Talk: Six Detroit Poets," a Thursday evening program of readings by six very different Detroit poets, all deeply grounded in the community and also nationally active and visible.
  • The final element will complete the integration of the community connection and the substantive focus of the meeting program. Following the plenary session at the hotel, we will move to an ASA-hosted Saturday evening celebration event in Detroit's cultural heart, at The Detroit Institute of Arts and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
    The evening will begin with a reception in the magnificent Diego Rivera Court of the Detroit Institute of Arts, but it will be more than a reception--beyond the buffet, hors d'oeuvres and cash bar, the reception will feature a "community commons" including displays and participants from our "community collaborative" host groups and institutions, and an even wider range of Detroit and regional cultural projects, institutions, and cultural activism.

    Having met informally at the reception, community and ASA participants will then move together to the adjacent Charles Wright Museum of African American History, for a performance featuring readings by Detroit poets Ted Pearson and Leslie Reese, and a dance piece by Jawola Willa Joe Zollar, renowned founder of the famous Urban Bush Women dance company. As detailed elsewhere in this program book, Ms Zollar will be joining us as Artist-in-Residence for the overall meeting--a featured participant in all the aspects of our program, thus helping to spotlight their integral connection. She will be presenting a special PCC dance workshop, a program session reporting and exploring the process of this workshop for a broader convention audience, and this culminating performance piece as the highlight of an evening celebrating the coming together of ASA and community.

It's a special pleasure to invite your participation in these innovative features, and in the equally innovative and significant convention program itself. On behalf of all those who have worked so hard to put this meeting together, it's a great privilege to join our local hosts in welcoming our members to Detroit. ASA Detroit 2000 is going to be an exciting, open-ended meeting in ways that speak very powerfully to the themes, issues, and vitality of the work that brings us all together in the American Studies Association.



PRE-CONVENTION COLLABORATIVES

This year's program introduces a wholly new feature for the annual meeting of the American Studies Association--a set of pre-convention workshops we are calling "Collaboratives," on Wednesday afternoon and evening and Thursday morning, before the formal convention program opens in the hotel.

These workshops are a core dimension of a constellation of activities described in the President's Overview, above. The collaboratives offer opportunities for hands-on engagement with community groups and institutions in Detroit and the wider GLASA region, on a range of specific issues that speak to our meeting's overall theme.

These collaboratives are outside the regular convention program, because the explicit intention is not to offer a presentation for an ASA audience but rather to create an opportunity for a small number of visitors to work closely with a local host group or institution. Accordingly, there is a small ($5) registration fee for this feature, and a separate registration form sent directly to ASA. The fee will help cover transportation, equipment, and refreshment expenses, but its broader purpose is to confirm participation in advance, permitting us to put host and visitors in contact before the event to build a foundation for a productive working session.

Those interested in participating should return the accompanying special registration form, indicating prioritized preferences. It is hoped that almost all registrants will be able to have their first choice, but we stress that there is a limited number of places in each collaborative. Registrants will be contacted directly and provided in advance with relevant background materials for the workshop, as well as information on transportation arrangements from the hotel to the site, and back.



Local Arrangements/Pre-Convention Collaboratives Committee

Co-Chairs: Linda Borish, Western Michigan University
Nora Faires, University of Michigan, Flint
Sheila Lloyd, Wayne State University

PCC Registration Form

1. Historic Preservation in the Urban Neighborhoods of Detroit

Historic preservation specialists, community and preservation activists, and public historians working in and with Detroit neighborhoods explore successes and failures in evaluating and preserving urban historic sites, and strategies for more effective mobilization.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 11, 2:00-5:00PM
LOCATION: Preservation Wayne offices

2. Model Minority Myths & the Dilemma of Building Ethnic Alliances in Detroit

Community activists and members of the Arab-American community discuss the space, experiences, and future of Arab Americans in Detroit, Michigan. The discussion will engage cross-community issues raised by recent immigration and responses to immigrant groups.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 11, 4:30-6:00 PM
LOCATION: Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS), Dearborn

3. The Arts of Citizenship

The University of Michigan Arts of Citizenship Program pursues university/community collaborative projects in the arts, humanities, and design focused especially in the southeast Michigan region. Among the initiatives that Ars of Citizenship sponsors or supports are art and theater workshops in prisons; an oral history partnership on the history of the Underground Railroad in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. Director David Scobey, participating faculty, and community partners from several projects will explore the challenges to making such partnerships work, and the value of such cultural collaborations for both democratic community life and the university's mission.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 12, 9:00-11:30 AM
LOCATION: To Be Announced

4. The Detroit 300th Anniversary Celebration: Public History, Whose History?

Public historians, local historians, activists, community members and organization leaders involved in planning Detroit's 300th anniversary celebration in 2001 examine the political, institutional, cultural, and geographical issues posed by such large official civic celebrations.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 11, 7:00-9:30 PM
LOCATION: University of Detroit Mercy Law School

5. Performance in Everyday Life and Everyday Life in Performance

As part of her ASA Artist-in-Residency, Jawole Willa Joe Zollar, founder and artistic director of the Urban Bush Women Dance Company, will lead a workshop in movement-based work for classroom application or community outreach. Participants need not have a dance background. Those registering for this collaborative must also agree to participate in the linked session on the hotel program at which the work of the collaborative will be presented and explored with the ASA audience.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, Oct. 11, 9:00-11:30 AM
LOCATION: Maggie Allesee Department of Dance, Wayne State University

6. The Cultural History and Politics of Detroit Music

Community members and museum professionals from the Graystone International Jazz Museum and the Motown Historical Museum explore the challenge of adequately representing a music scene and heritage ranging from jazz to R&B, and from soul to techno, and how thematic museums ground any or all of these in the larger political and cultural context of Detroit.

DATE/TIME: To Be Announced
LOCATION: Graystone International Jazz Museum

7. Troubleshooting the Alternative Press

Journalists from MetroTimes, which covers arts, entertainment, and investigative reporting,; Between the Lines, which focuses on gay and lesbian issues and activities; and The Michigan Citizen, a progressive weekly, join the editors and publishers of independent Past Tents Press and Broadside Press, and the cultural quarterlies Dispatch: Detroit and Trait: A Journal of Regional Art and Culture, to assess the constituencies, survivability and evolving mission of alternative publications in a rapidly changing city.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 12, 11AM-2:00PM
LOCATION: To Be Announced

8. Culture, Activism, and Detroit

A discussion joining civil rights activists, labor activists, and cultural/artistic workers assessing their intertwined history in Detroit, explore the role of cultural activism in the life and future of the city.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 12, 11:00-2:00 PM
LOCATION: Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

9. The Empty Bowls Project - Arts and Community in the Fight to End Hunger

Local activists and artists will discuss issues of hunger and food security, as engaged through a grassroots arts project begun in Detroit as part of a school food drive in 1990 and now has spread across the country. The Collaborative will be held in conjunction with The Empty Bowls 10th Anniversary National Exhibition, featuring bowls made and donated by potters, students and others; bowls decorated by "Heroes" active in social justice issues including Rosa Parks, Helen Caldicott, and Joan Baez; and social justice posters from The Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles

DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 12, 9:00-11:30 PM
LOCATION: Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, Detroit

10. Using Material Culture: Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village Artifact

Educational and Curatorial staff at Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village, as well as Great Lakes ASA scholars and teachers, who deal with material culture, examine issues and trends in how and to what end the museum is using artifacts in public history presentations, and incorporating these approaches in teaching.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 12, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
LOCATION: Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village

11. The Reuther Library, Labor History Archives, and Workers Lives

Archivists and historians at the Walter P. Reuther Library, Labor History and Workers Lives, are joined by labor historians, community activists in labor, and ASA colleagues to explore what gets collected and preserved and why, and how collections are being used. A particular case for exploration will be the United Farm Workers Collection and its uses in scholarship and in community engagement through the Detroit Latino Humanities Project.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 11, 2:00-5:00 PM
LOCATION: The Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University

12. The Underground Railroad and Michigan-Canada Border Connections

A discussion among local communities, interdisciplinary researchers, and public historians working on diverse projects, from historical archaeology to genealogy to community, urban, and border history examines the Underground Railroad on the Detroit-Canadian border.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 11, 7:00-9:30 PM
LOCATION: Second Baptist Church, Detroit

13. Detroit Resources for Understanding African American History and Culture

Community members, activists, cultural workers, and scholars involved in music, literature, politics, religion, and social activism discuss resources and approaches for engaging themes weaving all of these together in the fabric of the African American life and in Detroit.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday Oct. 11, 2:00-5:00 PM
LOCATION: Detroit Public Library, Burton Collection Room

14. Maritime Communities in the Great Lakes Region

Public historians , curators, maritime and community members involved in gathering artifacts, oral histories, and photos for an exhibit called "Fish for All" explore the challenge of representing the diversity and complexity of maritime communities-including Native Americans, fishers, environmentalists, commercial fisheries, and recreationists.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 12, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
LOCATION: The Dossin Marine Museum of the Great Lakes, Belle Isle

15. Local and Community History and Working in the World

Participants in a project on Jewish life in Flint, Michigan meet with those documenting industrial life and work in Youngstown, Ohio to discuss the complexity of conveying community and industrial history in the context of dramatic contemporary.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 12, 9:00-11:30 AM.
LOCATION: To Be Announced

16. Re-Imagining Industrial and Post-industrial Working Detroit

The 1999 designation of a Southeast Michigan Automotive National Heritage Area, together with the establishment of a Center for the Study of Automotive Heritage at University of Michigan-Dearborn have been major developments in the ongoing reimagining of Fordist production and consumption. Meeting at the Henry Ford Estate on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus, a range of regional participants in automotive heritage policy will explore current practice in the representation of history and the re-shaping of working-class life and landscape.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday October 11, 2:00-5:00 PM
LOCATION: University of Michigan, Dearborn

17. In-plant Worker Education in Post-Industrial Detroit

In a Ford/United Auto Workers distance education program and a worker education program at the University of Michigan, Dearborn, Ford and UAW participants encounter new technologies directly by taking distance learning critical-thinking skills courses at computer labs located in Ford auto plants. This collaborative includes auto worker students, program faculty, and members of the ASA working-class studies caucus, assessing the program and its implications.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday October 11, 2:00-5:00 PM
LOCATION: University of Michigan, Dearborn

18. American Studies in Catholic Higher Education

Catholic educators and American Studies colleagues in the Great Lakes ASA region explore substantive issues and opportunities for teaching American Studies raised by Ex Corde Ecclesia, the new apostolic constitution of Catholic universities.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 11, 7:00-9:30 PM
LOCATION: To Be Announced

19. Community Colleges and the Realities of Interdisciplinary Teaching

Community college teachers and administrators in the Great Lakes ASA region , including Wayne County Community College, Henry Ford Community College, Jackson Community College, and others, examine the opportunities for and obstacles to American Studies on a community college's borderland joining the academy and the "real world."

DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 12, 9:00-11:30 AM
LOCATION: Wayne County Community College

20. Secondary Education, American Studies, and Assessment

Secondary education teachers in the Great Lakes ASA and ASA Secondary Education Committee members explore recent policy trends in assessment, testing, and standards, and evaluate the implications for the place of American Studies in secondary education curriculum and classroom practices.

DATE/TIME: Thursday, October 12, 7:00-9:30 PM
LOCATION: Marriott Renaissance Hotel's Michelangelo Room

21. Undergraduate Internships in the Real World

Bernath Conference Room, Undergraduate Library, Wayne State University Students, mentors, and community sponsors examine the constraints and accomplishments of specific internship programs in the region and devise strategies for designing, implementing, and assessing such programs in an broad range of settings.

DATE/TIME: Wednesday October 11, 7:00-9:30 PM
LOCATION: Bernath Conference Room, Undergraduate Library, Wayne State University


PCC Registration Form


PROGRAM SUPPLEMENT

Changes or additions to the program will be listed in the program supplement that will be available only on site at the convention registration desk and online at http://www.georgetown.edu/crossroads/asa2000/Convention2000Update.html


ONLINE PROGRAM

The program will be available online after August 1. The URL: http://asa.press.jhu.edu/program00/.


SELF-GUIDED TOURS, RESTAURANTS, AND EVENTS

The Local Arrangements Committee has assembled guides to walking tours, restaurants, exhibits, and other events of interest. These guides will be available at the registration desk to registrants. They are not available for distribution prior to the conference. Members of the Local Arrangements Committee will also be available at the registration desk to assist you.


HEADQUARTERS HOTEL

The 2000 Convention Headquarters Hotel is the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center Hotel, Renaissance Center, Detroit, MI 48243; phone: (313) 568-8000 or fax (313) 568-8666.

Please send the hotel reservation form, found in the pages of this book, and your first night's room deposit, directly to the hotel:

ATTN: RESERVATIONS MANAGER
DETROIT MARRIOTT RENAISSANCE CENTER
RENAISSANCE CENTER
DETROIT, MI 48243
TOLL FREE RESERVATIONS 1-800-228-9290 OR 1-800-352-0831

MEETINGS

Meetings, sessions, and events take place almost exclusively at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center.


ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATIONS

Graduate students and part-time faculty interested in alternative accommodations or the roommate connection service should consult the Student's Committee web site at http://www.georgetown.edu/crossroads/interests/student.


DISABLED PERSONS

The Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, its regulations, and guidelines. So that the Detroit Marriott can better assist persons with special needs, individuals should indicate their specific needs on the hotel reservation form or in an attached letter and include a telephone number where they can be reached. In addition, they should make their reservations as early as possible, and no later than 8 September. If they need additional assistance, they should contact the American Studies Association.

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ACCESS GUIDELINES FOR ASA CONVENTION SESSION ORGANIZERS & PANELISTS

The ASA is committed to making arrangements that allow all association members to participate in the conference. Therefore, we request that all session organizers and presenters review the information below and take the necessary steps to make their sessions accessible to attendees with permanent or temporary disabilities. These guidelines are designed to provide access to attendees with disabilities, but will benefit all convention participants.

Room Set-up

  • There is space for two wheelchairs in each meeting room. Please keep this area, the door, and the aisles clear for persons using wheelchairs, canes, crutches, or motorized vehicles.
  • People who are deaf or hard of hearing and who use sign language interpreters or read lips should sit where they can see both the speakers and the interpreter. The interpreter may stand close to the speaker or within a direct line of sight that allows the audience to view both the speaker and the interpreter. Speakers should be aware of the location of interpreters and attempt to keep this line of vision clear.

Papers, Handouts, and Audiovisuals

  • Speakers should bring five copies of their papers, even in draft form, for the use of members who wish, or need, to follow a written text. Speakers who use handouts should prepare some copies in large-print format (14- or 16-point font size) and briefly describe all handouts to the audience. Avoid colored papers. Speakers should indicate where to return their papers and handouts.
  • Allow ample time when referring to a visual aid or handout or when pointing out the location of materials.
  • When not using an overhead projector, turn it off. This reduces background noise and helps focus audience attention on the speaker.

Communication/Presentation Style

  • Speak clearly and distinctly, but do not shout. Use regular speed unless asked to slow down
  • Because microphones often fail to pick up voices in the audience, speakers should always repeat questions or statements made by members of the audience. In dialogues or discussions, only one person should speak at a time, and speakers should identify themselves so that members of the audience may know who is speaking.
  • Avoid speaking from a darkened area of the room. Some people read lips, so the audience should have a direct and clear view of the speaker's mouth and face.

If you have questions, concerns, or comments, please write or call:

Convention Staff
1120 19th Street, NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (202) 467-4783; Fax: (202) 467-4786
Email: asastaff@theasa.net

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CHILD-CARE INFORMATION

For assistance with child care arrangements, please contact the American Studies Association, 1120 19th St., NW, Suite 301, Washington, DC 20036; phone: (202) 467-4783; fax: (202) 467-4786; email: asastaff@theasa.net.


EMPLOYER INTERVIEW SPACE RESERVATIONS

Positions listed with the American Studies Association are now posted on our website: http://www.georgetown.edu/crossroads/asanews/newsemploy/index.html. Members can access these listings and contact employers directly to see who will be conducting interviews at our 2000 meeting in Detroit, MI. (Please note that not all institutions listed on this site will be conducting interviews at the convention.) The employer representative name, mailing address, phone and fax numbers, and email address are included whenever possible.


JOB LISTINGS ARE NOT POSTED AT THE ANNUAL MEETING*

Out of courtesy to the interviewing employers and candidates, ASA will not provide on-site listings of employers conducting interviews at the meeting

Employers who are conducting interviews and reserve interview space will be notified prior to the convention of their room location. Should you wish to schedule an interview you must contact those employers directly. There will not be an ASA staff person managing a job registry room during the annual meeting.

All questions regarding appropriate procedures for using our online system to place a position listing or reserve interview space at the meeting should be directed to Convention Manager, (202) 467-4783; or asastaff@theasa.net attn: Convention Manager.

ASA Guidelines for Interviewing: The ASA discourages interview activities in hotel bedrooms. If an interviewer feels it is necessary to use a facility outside a pre-arranged interview room, the ASA strongly advises that a parlor rather than a sleeping room be used and that a third person always be present in the room with the candidate. Interviewers using such facilities bear sole responsibility for establishing an appropriate, professional atmosphere and should take special care to ensure that all interviews are conducted courteously and in a proper manner.

Address correspondence regarding interview space, as well as vitae, to Convention Manager, American Studies Association, 1120 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036; asastaff@theasa.net, Attn.: Convention Manager.

*Employers wishing to reserve interview space at the Detroit meeting, please make your request in writing or electronically by September 15, 2000.

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WELCOME TO DETROIT

AIRLINES SERVING DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY AND DETROIT CITY AIRPORTS

We have partnered with Association Travel Concepts (A.T.C.) this year. A.T.C. will help you with your airline reservations to and from Detroit, as well as ground transportation while in Detroit. They will be able to offer 15% off airline fares and 25% off car rental rates between 10/9/00 and 10/18/00. You may also call Northwest Airlines or Avis directly if you wish and still receive this discount if you mention our I.D. codes. For Northwest, you may call 1-800-328-1111 and refer them to code NY787. For Avis, you may call 1-800-331-1600 and refer them to code J952813. A.T.C. can do this for you, if you call 1-800-458-9383, fax 1-858-581-3988, email reservations@assntravel.com, or visit www.assntravel.com.


TRANSPORTATION

HOW TO GET TO THE DETROIT MARRIOTT RENAISSANCE CENTER FROM THE DETROIT METROPOLITAN WAYNE COUNTY OR DETROIT CITY AIRPORTS:

  • Detroit/Detroit City - DET (8 miles South) Conner Street South to I-94 West to I-75 South to I-375 (here the freeway turns into Jefferson Ave). Hotel is 2 blocks on right.
  • Detroit/Wayne County - DTW (21 miles East) I-94 East to Exit #215 (Route 10 South - Lodge Freeway). Take 10 South to Jefferson Avenue. Hotel is 1/2 mile on right.

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HOW TO GET AROUND DETROIT

Detroit's Downtown Trolleys

For a nostalgic trip back in time, take a ride on Detroit's Downtown Trolleys. The turn-of-the-century trolleys, complete with uniformed conductor and whistle stop, operate downtown along Washington Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue between Grand Circus Park and Mariners' Church, across the street from the Renaissance Center. The vintage trolleys made their Detroit debut in 1976 following several years of planning and searching for vehicles. The electric-powered cars were built in England, Germany, Portugal and the United States between 1895 and the 1920's. The fleet of nine trolleys features seven closed vehicles and two open-air vehicles. One of the open air trolleys is a double-decker, the only one of its kind operating in the world. Fare is 50 cents.

Detroit's People Mover System Map

This Map shows the entire system. All trains circulate counter-clockwise. Trains arrive at a station every 3-4 Minutes. Fare is 50 cents.

http://members.aol.com/wingsrgr8/DPM/system.html

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BOOK EXHIBIT

The Convention Book Exhibit will be in Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center's Ontario Exhibit Hall. Admission will be by registration badge only. Hours of the book exhibit are:

Friday, October 13 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday, October14 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, October 15 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM


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INVITATIONS


STRAIT TALK : SIX DETROIT POETS
8:00 PM, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2000
ONTARIO - EAST

On the occasion of ASA 2000 convening in Detroit, six of the city's finest poets will present a special reading of their work. Each of these poets has a long and distinguished history of publication, performance, and cultural activism; each is well-known to poetry audiences in the city and the region, and several enjoy national reputations. Collectively, they are part of a long and strong Detroit tradition of cultural collaboration and poetic innovation, both within and beyond the literary mainstream.

As befits the city's complex social history and its strategic location on the narrows (hence its name) of the Detroit River--which is both an international boundary and a vital shipping link to the Great Lakes--poetry in Detroit might best be described as a confluence of poetic styles and cultural traditions. To suggest that there is a singularly Detroit style would be to simplify the literary landscape. On the other hand, there is a recognized Detroit attitude that is variously reflected, refracted, resisted, and redefined in the work of these six poets, be they native Detroiters, long-time residents, or relative newcomers to the city.

This attitude--perhaps familiar to residents of other once-formidable industrial cities--is a potent mix of historical trauma and guarded optimism, progressive aspirations and political factionalism, cultural diversity and racial tension, community spirit and class conflict, wary civic pride and down-home hospitality. It is the attitude of a city that has witnessed epochal changes in its fortunes and of a populace that takes justifiable pride in its survival and resilience on the eve of its 300th anniversary. Each will read approximately 15 minutes.

FEATURED POETS

Glen Mannisto is a free-lance writer, poet, and art critic. He was a co-publisher of Detroit River Press and is currently editor-in-chief of Trait: A Detroit Journal of Regional Art and Culture. His published works include We Knew It, Head, and 5x5 (forthcoming).

Chris Tysh is a widely published poet, essayist, journalist, and critic. She teaches creative writing and women's studies at Wayne State University. Her published works include Coat of Arms, In the Name, and Continuity Girl .

Dennis Teichman is a poet who was a co-publisher of Detroit River Press and is currently the publisher of Past Tents Press, one of Detroit's premier literary presses. He works as a refrigeration operator at Difco Labs and is the author of Edge to Edge and V-8 .

George Tysh is a poet, critic, and reviewer who has written extensively on literature, art, music, film, and Zen. He is the arts editor of the Metro Times, Michigan's largest weekly newspaper. His latest books include Echolalia, and Dream Sites: A Visual Essay .

Carla Harryman is a renowned fiction writer, playwright, and poet. She teaches at Wayne State University, and her recent books include The Words: After Carl Sandburg's Rootabaga Stories and Jean-Paul Sartre, and There Never Was a Rose without a Thorn .

Bill Harris is a nationally recognized playwright, poet, and novelist. He is the former director of NYC's famous Jazzmobile and currently teaches creative writing at Wayne State Unversity. His latest books include Yardbird Suite and The Ringmaster's Array .


The ASA Program Committee Presents
JAWOLE WILLA JOE ZOLLAR
Artist-in-Residence

JAWOLE WILLA JOE ZOLLAR Jawole Willa Joe Zollar's residency will take three forms. She will lead a group of ASA attendees (and local activists) in a Thursday morning Pre-Convention Collaborative (P.C.C), a workshop designed to guide educators and academic professionals in movement-based work for classroom application or community outreach. (Participants, who need not have a dance background! Will also commit to the follow-up session on Friday.) She will lead a second open workshop will be followed by a roundtable discussion. Ms. Zollar will give a solo performance on Saturday night at the Charles Wright Museum as part of an hour long concert that will include readings by Detroit poets.Our goal in this residency is to challenge a number of binary oppositions and to cross boundaries that can isolate academics: how can we bridge the gap between "us" and "them," between academia and community, between professor and student, between our heads and our bodies? How can we learn and teach how to move both bodies and minds in humane, respectful, and expansive ways? What might it mean for us to "walk the walk" of our beliefs and questions, literally as well as figuratively?


The ASA 2000 Program Committee Presents
Saturday, October 14, 2000
8:45 PM
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
JAWOLE WILLA JOE ZOLLAR

ZOLLARFounded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, Urban Bush Women (U.B.W.) is a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change. Committed to encouraging cultural activity as an inherent part of community life, U.B.W. engages in extensive community-based programming and in the training of young artists in the U.B.W. technique, which gives equal weight to an artist's creative and cultural concerns. U.B.W.'s community engagement work enhances audience understanding of U.B.W.'s performances, generates greater recognition of the historical roots of cultural expression, and encourages self-expression as a means to personal and community transformation.The company has performed nationwide and internationally, touring extensively throughout the U.S.A. and in Asia, Europe, Australia, and South America. Zollar and U.B.W. received a 1992 New York Dance and Performance Award (a "Bessie") and a 1994 Capezio Award for outstanding achievement in dance. In 1998 they received one of the first Doris Duke Awards for New Work. In 1997 the company began a five-year international exchange with the Companhia Nacional e Canto e Danca from Maputo, Mozambique.


The ASA 2000 Program Committee, Local Arrangements Committee and Pre-Convention Collaborative Committee Presents
A CELEBRATION OF AMERICAN STUDIES IN DETROIT / DETROIT IN AMERICAN STUDIES

Mural, by  Rivera

We invite all members and convention visitors to a special evening highlighting the connections between American Studies and the local community, through cultural practice, social activism, and public scholarship in the arts and humanities. The evening, bringing together convention visitors and local practitioners from Detroit and the broader region, has two distinct parts:The first will be a gala reception in one of Detroit's great treasures, the Diego Rivera Court at the Detroit Institute of Arts, from 6:30 to 8:15 PM. Here, ASA will be joined by many of the groups and projects hosting the earlier community-based Pre-Convention Collaboratives, as well as those from the community presenting work on Detroit-related panels on our program, and other cultural and community projects in the city and region. Many of these will have information and descriptions on display in a kind of community commons, on which ASA and community can meet informally. At the close of the reception, all are invited to go together to the beautiful new Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, only a few yards and a very short walk from the DIA. Here, starting at 8:45PM, we will feature a poetry reading by two of Detroit's leading poets, Leslie Reese and Ted Pearson. The evening will culminate in a special solo dance performance by our Artist in Residence, Jawole Willa Joe Zollar, founder and director of Urban Bush Women. The formal program will conclude by 10:00 PM. There will be a fleet of buses to transport ASA from the convention hotel to the DIA, between 5:45 and 7:00 PM, and back to the hotel from the Charles Wright Museum at 10:00 PM. A continuous free shuttle will also operate throughout the evening. JAWOLE WILLA JO ZOLLAR is introduced in the Artist-in-Residence profile, above.

LESLIE REESE is a native Detroiter and is one of the city's most gifted and dynamic poets. She is the author of Upside Down Tapestry Mosaic History (Broadside Press) and her work has been anthologized in The Spirit in the Words, The Black Woman's Gumbo Ya- Ya, Adam of Ife, More Light, and Nostalgia for the Present . She works in Visitor Services at the Detroit Institute of Arts.

TED PEARSON is widely recognized as one of the most lyrical of the "Language School" poets. He is the author of fourteen books of poetry, most recently Acoustic Masks (1994), The Devil's Aria (1999), and Hard Science (2000). Originally from the San Francisco area, he moved to Detroit in 1997. He currently works as a free-lance writer and editor and teaches part-time at Wayne State University.


THE ASA PROGRAM COMMITTEE PRESENTS
Saturday October 14, 2000
4:00-5:45 PM
CABOT WILLIAM R. FERRIS
Chair, National Endowment for the Humanities

William R. FerrisAs an author, folklorist, filmmaker and academic administrator, William R. Ferris has compiled a distinguished record of achievement and leadership in the humanities during a career spanning nearly three decades. Before becoming chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities in November 1997, Dr. Ferris served for 18 years as founding director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Under his leadership, the University of Mississippi developed the most comprehensive southern studies curriculum in the nation, and the center, with an interdisciplinary approach incorporating popular, folk, historical and literary subjects, attained national recognition as a model for regional studies centers. In 1993 the center was named a non-governmental organization affiliated with the United Nations. A professor of anthropology and a prolific author, Dr. Ferris spearheaded the creation of the best-selling Encyclopedia of Southern Culture, published in 1989. Containing entries on every aspect of southern culture and widely recognized as a major reference work linking popular, folk and academic cultures, the volume was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In Russia, eastern Europe and Australia it has been used as a tool for understanding cultural and social diversity. Dr. Ferris's scholarship covers the fields of folklore, American literature, music and photography. Among his books are Ray Lum's Tales of Horses, Mules, and Men (1992), Local Color (1982), Images of the South: Visits with Eudora Welty and Walker Evans (1978) and Blues from the Delta (1970). His films include Mississippi Blues (1983), which was featured at the Cannes Film Festival. Among his sound recordings are Highway 61 Blues: James 'Son' Thomas (1983), Bothered All the Time (1983), Genesis: The Beginnings of Rock (1974) and Blues from the Delta (1970). He was a consultant to the 1985 movies The Color Purple and Crossroads, the latter about blues music, and for nearly a decade until 1994 he hosted Highway 61, a weekly blues music program that airs on Mississippi Public Radio. Among the cultural programs Dr. Ferris has established at the Center for the Study of Southern Culture are the Oxford Conference for the Book, the annual Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, and conferences on Elvis Presley, civil rights and the law, and civil rights and the media. The center also sponsors seminars for teachers, educational tours of the South, traveling exhibitions and musical performances. Drawing on the world's largest blues archives at the University of Mississippi, the center reaches wide audiences with its magazine Living Blues. Research conducted at the center has resulted in a wide range of audio recordings, films, scholarly papers and books. Dr. Ferris's honors include the presidentially bestowed Charles Frankel Prize in the Humanities, the American Library Association's Dartmouth Medal, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award, and France's Chevalier and Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters. He has also been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Before coming to the Center for the Study of Southern Culture in 1979, Dr. Ferris taught at Yale University (1972-79) and at Jackson State University in Mississippi (1970-72). He has M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in folklore from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.A. in English literature from Northwestern University and a B.A. from Davidson College. Born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in 1942, Dr. Ferris is married to Marcie Cohen Ferris. Dr. Ferris will be chairing a Saturday afternoon (12:00 - 1:45 PM) session entitled Interdisciplinary Perspectives on African American Culture and Life as Represented in Three Projects Supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and presenting at the Plenary Event: American Studies in the World/The World in American Studies from 4:00-5:45 PM also on Saturday with ASA President, Michael Frisch. We invite all of you to attend both sessions, welcoming Dr. Ferris to our annual meeting as a special guest.

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