American Identities &
Graduate Student Conference
May 14th, 2005
Centennial House, UC Santa Barbara
George Lipsitz is professor and chair of the Department of American
Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the
author of American Studies in a Moment of Danger, a
provocative book about the changes in culture, social movements,
and the state prompted by the increasing power of transnational
capital. His other books include Rainbow at Midnight: Labor
and Culture in the 1940s, a book about shop floor activism,
working class culture, and the massive strike wave that shook
the United States in the years immediately after World War II;
A Life in the Struggle: Ivory Perry and the Culture of Opposition,
the biography of Ivory Perry, a Black worker and community activist
from St. Louis; The Possessive Investment in Whiteness:
How White People Profit from Identity Politics, an unflinching
look at white supremacy which probes into the ways that race
determines life chances and structures experience in the contemporary
United States; Dangerous Crossroads: Popular Music, Postmodernism,
and the Poetics of Place, an intelligent survey of world
music's inter-cultural fusions; Time Passages, a book
that examines the relationship between historical memory and
commercial culture, and discusses popular television, music,
and film. Lipsitz also serves as editor of the Critical American
Studies series at the University of Minnesota Press, which recently
published Singlejack Solidarity, a collection of writings
by longtime labor activist Stan Weir.
to download Lipsitz's recent article "Abolition Democracy
and Global Justice" from Comparative American Studies.
In preschool, a class bully chose to pick on my petite friend.
Upon seeing this great injustice—big girl picking on little
girl—frustration and anger welled up inside my little
body and I made my move: I bit her. Since that time, I have
discovered other methods just as effective in fighting against
inequality. One way is through my teaching (secondary education
and undergraduate levels) as I challenge students to question
notions of “normal” and “natural.” Another
is through my research which is at the intersection of education,
racial & ethnic studies, and visual sociology. And a third
way is with my camera as a freelance photographer who focuses
on seemingly two extremes—children and social commentary.
As a second year student in UCSB’s Gevirtz Graduate School
of Education, I am using this opportunity to continue to refine
my interests and fuel my passions.
Jacob Berman is a Ph.D. student at the University of California
at Santa Barbara who works on 19th Century American representations
of the Middle East, Islam and Arabs and how these representations
are an integral facet of the discourse of 19th Century American
national identity. He has recently published an article entitled
"Domestic Terror and Poe's Arabesque Interior" in
the Canadian journal American Studies. He received
his BA from Washington and Lee University and MA from University
Brandon Fastman is a student in the Literature program at the
University of Arizona. His interests include twentieth-century
literature, American literature, and cultural studies.
Kenneth S. Habib
Ken Habib is a doctoral candidate in Ethnomusicology at the
University of California, Santa Barbara where he specializes
in the art and popular music of the Middle East and the United
States of America. His dissertation examines the music culture
that has developed over the past half century around the Lebanese
superstar singer, Fairouz, and the Rahbani composers. His primary
areas of focus include music analysis, the use of music in the
creation of personal and social meaning, and the experience
of music in diaspora. At UCSB he has taught Musicianship, American
Popular Music and Culture, and Directed Teaching in Music. He
currently teaches Arabic at Santa Barbara City College and is
the Assistant to the Director of the Middlebury College Arabic
School. He earned his M.A. in Music Composition and his Certificate
in College and University Teaching from UCSB, and he received
his B.A. in Communications Studies from UCLA.
James Hall has published personal essays and poetry in such
journals as Alaska Quarterly Review, Bellingham Review, Rhino,
New Orleans Review, and Cimarron Review. He is currently
a doctoral candidate at the University of Houston.
Laurie Clements Lambeth
Laurie Clements Lambeth is completing her Ph.D in creative writing—poetry
at the University of Houston. Her poetry and literary
nonfiction has appeared in such publications as The Paris Review,
Alaska Quarterly Review, Nimrod, and Mid-American Review.
In 2002 her critical essay, “’As Little as Possible’:
Chinatown’s Female Landscape” was selected by the
Western Literature Association for their J. Golden Taylor Prize.
Sol Neely is a Ph.D. student in the English & Philosophy
program at Purdue University. His interests include literary
theory and cultural studies, social-political philosophy, Marxist
literary theory, utopian studies, biopower and racism, Levinas
(ethics and an-arkhe), and a burgeoning fascination for the
pseudonymous seductions of Kierkegaard.
Sarah Park is a doctoral student in the Graduate School of Library
and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
She is a native of Los Angeles, and received an M.A. in Asian
American Studies and a B.A. in History and Asian American Studies
from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research
interests are voice, representation and accuracy in Asian American
children’s literature, particularly Korean American children’s
literature. She is a fellow of Project Athena, an Institute
of Museums and Library Science funded program that focuses on
recruiting and educating doctoral students from underrepresented
communities to make up the next generation of Library and Information
Originally a native of Boston, MA, Stefanie Stauffer is a first
year graduate student in Political Science at UCSB, with a primary
emphasis in International Relations, secondary emphasis in Comparative
Politics, and interdisciplinary emphasis in Global Studies.
She is working towards both a Master’s degree and P.H.D,
and is interested primarily in the effects of globalization
on distinct populations, manifested through anti-globalization
Andrea Tinnemeyer is an assistant professor at Utah State University
in the fields of American Studies and Nineteenth Century American
Literature. Her first book, Mis(s)Taken: Identity Politics
of the Captivity Narrative After 1848 will be published next
Spring by University of Nebraska Press. She is currently
working on her second book project, which centers on the trans-border
feminist movement during the Mexican Revolution.