Ending Slavery free online course starts 17 October

The world’s first ever massive open online course (MOOC) about contemporary slavery is open for registration now. Ending Slavery is a free four-week course starting on 17 October 2016. You’ll learn from experts at the cutting edge of human rights research, and you’ll investigate the complex systems that sustain slavery today. Professor Kevin Bales, one of the …

Donald Trump and American Democracy

American politics is very much in the global spotlight as candidates for the Democratic and Republican parties vie to become nominees in the presidential election in November. With the polarizing and extremist Donald Trump now the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party, many commentators, are asking what this means for American democracy. Christopher Phelps, Associate …

American Studies in Another Culture and Climate: Experiences from the Year Abroad

When applying for courses at the University of Nottingham, I saw that the Cultures, Languages and Area Studies departments offered many students the chance to do a year abroad. Having decided to undertake a Joint Honours degree in Politics and American Studies, and having achieved the necessary academic requirements, I was lucky enough to be …

Regime Change in Canada: Trudeau MK2

While news of North American politics in the UK has lately focused on Donald Trump’s perplexing Republican presidential nomination bid, another campaign was unfolding north of the border, culminating in Canada’s 42nd federal election on 19 October. After nine years of government by Stephen Harper’s Conservatives (two minority governments followed by a majority in 2011), …

An Evening of Print Culture

Hannah Murray is a PhD student in American & Canadian Studies, where she is writing a thesis on liminal whiteness in nineteenth-century American literature. In this post, she looks forward to welcoming Dr. Hester Blum, a leading scholar in nineteenth-century print culture studies. When we read a novel or short story we may not think …

Nas at Lovebox: 20 years of Illmatic

To mark Black History Month, Nottingham MRes student Jasmine Gothelf (American & Canadian Studies) reviews a recent performance by the African American artist Nas in Britain, and discusses the ongoing political relevance of hip hop to contemporary African American life. Please join the American & Canadian Studies department for its Black History Events this month: …

People often think they know Martin Luther King Jr, but do they?

Look at the new statue in Washington, featured on the poster below. Its design was controversial because some felt it made King look too stern and forbidding a figure, but maybe it corrected a false perception of him and his non-violent philosophy as simply conciliatory and passive. The monument also casts an African American in …

Imagining silence: experiencing history as fiction

By Katie Hamilton, PhD student in the Department of American & Canadian Studies On first consideration, a reading and conversation with a novelist seems an incongruous way to celebrate Black History Month. It begs the question of what a contemporary novel can tell us about the history of the African diaspora that we don’t already …

Brick Lane from Page to Screen: Representation, Authenticity and British Asian Cinema

Screening and discussion with Dr Ruth Maxey, American & Canadian Studies: Sarah Gavron (dir.), Brick Lane (2007) Location: B7, The Hemsley, University Park Date: Wednesday 13 November 2013, 6.30pm Free Admission – All Welcome Please join me for a screening and Q&A discussion of Sarah Gavron’s 2007 film adaptation of Monica Ali’s bestselling novel, Brick …

The JFK Conspiracies: Special Event to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy Assassination

Who killed President Kennedy? Why did the Warren Commission lie? Why did Jack Ruby murder Lee Harvey Oswald? Why are there so many different theories about the assassination? November 22 1963. For decades afterwards, most Americans, and many people around the world, could respond instantly to the question: ‘Where were you when you heard the …