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Rethinking the American West Roundtable

When Apr 03, 2017
from 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM
Where Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library
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Rethinking the American West PosterThis event was rescheduled for April 3 due to inclement weather (it was originally scheduled for March 14)

In Under a Painted Sky, Stacey Lee reenvisions life on the Oregon Trail in 1849 from the point of view of two female outcasts: a second-generation Chinese-American violinist and a runaway slave. Using Lee’s text as a touchstone for this roundtable discussion, three invited panelists will discuss contemporary ideas about the American West as it has been reimagined and recreated in literature, film, and television.

Featured Presenters include Susan Kollin, College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor at Montana State University and editor of A History of Western American Literature; Richard Aquila, Professor Emeritus of History and American Studies at Penn State Behrend and author of Wanted Dead or Alive: The American West in Popular Culture (1996); and Charity Fox, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Gender Studies at Penn State Harrisburg, who focuses on intersections of gender, class, race, and everyday cultures in 20th and 21stcentury American popular culture.

Following their opening statements, the panelists will invite questions from the audience.

For more information about this and other related events, see the 2017 CALS Community Read page.