Americanist Forum

The Americanist Forum will be held on Thursday, October 19th at 10am at 226 Bay State Road, Rm B06!


  • Meghan Townes (AMNESP): “The Unimagined Commonwealth: State Art and Public Visions of the Future in Post-Civil War Virginia”
  • Kathryn Lakin (English): “Buying Happiness: Consumerism and Women’s Self-Help Literature”
  • Liv Jacobs (AMNESP): “‘I Feel a Presence’: Paranormal Tourism and Architectures of Confinement”
  • Sarah Horowitz (HAA): “Democracy’s Showcase: The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts”
  • Virginia Jansen (Musicology): “Price’s Musical Tapestry: The Constitutive Nature of Spirituals in Florence Price’s ‘Folksongs in Counterpoint’ Pieces for String Quartet”

Sponsored by the American and New England Studies Program (AMNESP) at BU, the Americanist Forum functions like a conference panel/symposium, with multiple speakers delivering papers during a given session. Each semester, there is an open call for papers for BU students in the humanities (graduate students or advanced undergraduates).

Please contact the coordinators of the Americanist Forum, MaryKate Smolenski ( and Liv Jacobs (, with any questions.

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