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Academic Mission

In fulfillment of its academic mission, the Center will:

      • Host lectures, symposia, and conferences
      • Provide grants to assist graduate student research and travel
      • Support faculty publication
      • Broaden the possibilities for undergraduate study in American literature
      • Publicize and promote the major scholarly projects ongoing at Penn State
      • Sponsor seminars and works-in-progress series, such as the Working Papers in American Literature and Culture group and the graduate Article-in-Progress group
      • Facilitate discussions about the present and future of American literary studies and of academic publishing
      • Foster intra- and interdisciplinary conversations
      • Encourage more faculty-student contact on graduate and undergraduate levels
      • Contribute to and draw from an expanding network of humanities centers and American studies programs internationally
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