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American Cultures Colloquium

The American Cultures Colloquium at Northwestern University brings Americanists from different academic specialties and institutions into dialogue with the Northwestern community. Operating on the principle that the study of American cultural history is necessarily interdisciplinary, the Colloquium allows scholars using multiple intellectual approaches to participate in conversations about a shared set of cultural artifacts and contexts.

The Colloquium is administered by advanced graduate students and funded by the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, The Graduate School, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, and various Northwestern departments and programs. All ACC events are designed to appeal to broad audiences and are open to the public.

2019-20 Schedule


October 24, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Jay Grossman (English, Northwestern University)
The Hagstrum Room, University Hall 201
"Manuprint: Walt Whitman and Modes of Authenticity"

February 16, 2020 at 5:15 pm

Sari Altschuler (Northeastern University)
The Hagstrum Room, University Hall 201
"Touching The Scarlet Letter: What disability history can teach us about literature"

Altschuler is an assistant professor of English at Northeastern University. Her work focuses on early American literature, disability studies, and the medical humanities. Altschuler is the author of The Medical Imagination: Literature and Health in the Early United States.

April 16 at 5:15 pm

Rachel Galvin (University of Chicago)
The Hagstrum Room, University Hall 201
talk title TBA

May 21 at 5:15 pm

Susan Scott Parish (University of Michigan)
The Hagstrum Room, University Hall 201
talk title TBA

Susan Scott Parrish is a professor in the Department of English and the Program in the Environment at the University of Michigan. Her scholarship focuses on race, the environment, and knowledge-making in the Atlantic world. Her most recent book, The Flood Year 1927: A Cultural History, documents how the most devastating flood in the U.S. in the 20th century took meanings through various media.


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Past Participants

Past Colloquium participants have included:

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Various ACC@NU events are co-sponsored by:

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