American and New England Studies

Students Present at Thinking Matters

Thinking Matters is USM's once-a-year, one-day showcase of student and faculty independent and collaborative scholarship.  Presentations take place in either poster or oral sessions. This year, ANES students offered insight into their work during an oral session entitled,  "The Landscape of Modernity".

American Studies

Caroline O'Connor, a dual major in Women and Gender Studies and Sociology, presented her research on Kitsch and Classism. Caroline's talk was a fascinating look at the social and cultural climate that gave rise to the popularity of Kitsch; conditions which also informed the nature of its reception. Caroline will be matriculating into the ANES program in the fall.

American Studies

Betsy Upham is a current ANES student finishing up her Master's Project.  She presented the content of her work, which has consisted of contextualizing and interpreting 20th century artist Molly Luce's unpublished Autobiography, "An Artist's Angle". Betsy has applied many of the theoretical and historical frameworks explored throughout the ANES program to focus on Luce's own sense of identity and self-presentation as an Artist, Woman, and Regional Painter during a particular era of American History.
American Studies
Katie Bash spoke about a term paper she completed for Donna Cassidy's class on Visual Culture in 20th century America, which focused on artist Charles Sheeler's portrayals of industry in New England. She was most interested in Sheeler's presentation of the hard-worn abandoned textile mills in Andover, Massachusetts and Manchester, New Hampshire, and his own body of work as a Modernist Painter during a period marked by rapid industrial boom and precipitated decline.

All of the students were supported and encouraged by Professor Cassidy, who teaches in both the American and New England Studies Graduate Program and the Undergraduate Art History Department.