American Studies


Friedman Authors Book on Sports Movies

Friedman_Lester_NewBook-2From “Raging Bull” to “Bull Durham,” Professor Emeritus of Media and Society Lester Friedman’s new book covers the full spectrum of athletic-based movies. Titled Sports Movies, the book is part…
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Commencement 2020: Curry ’75 to Deliver Address; Greenawalt ’66 and Jemison will also receive Honorary Degrees

Commencement-honorariesDuring the spring Commencement exercises, Hobart and William Smith will award the institution’s highest honor to three individuals whose profound personal and professional achievements intersect with critical aspects of the…
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Creating a Short Documentary While in Hungary

Meller1Funded by a SIIF grant awarded by the Center for Global Education, Rachel Meller ’21 created a short documentary on Hungarian street food while studying abroad in Budapest. In the…
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The Substance (and Science) Behind the Art

Leopardi-and-Bowyer-FSEM-093From painting and literature to comedy and country music, first-year students at HWS probed the making and meaning of a wide range of artistic media. In courses offered through the…
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“Clothing Hacks” Project Promotes Craftivism

Kirin Makker, 
Ainsley Rhodes '19 (blond)
Grace Hammett '20 (brown)
Ethan Leon '19
Students are working with Associate Professor Makker (American Studies) on 
 producing a booklet of clothing hacks aimed at increasing agency in our garments (fit, personalization, functional needs).Renovating and reusing—or “hacking”—clothing items rather than discarding them, is the guiding principle for a booklet created this summer by Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism in American Studies Kirin…
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