25th Annual American Studies Forum




Upcoming Forum

Featured Speaker

Priscilla Wald is an Associate Professor at Duke University who teaches and works on U.S. literature and culture, particularly literature of the late-18th to mid-20th centuries. She focuses especially on the intersections among the law, literature, science and medicine, and she is interested in how collaborations among scholars from these fields can facilitate a greater understanding of genome science. She is currently completing two projects; one on the idea of emerging infections and the evolution of the outbreak narrative in science, journalism, fiction and film; and the other on genomics, especially how the language, narratives and images in the popular media shape the general public’s understanding of the science.

Professor Wald is the author of Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form. She is associate editor of American Literature as well as on the Advisory Committee of the PMLA and the editorial board of Literature and Medicine. In addition, Wald has a secondary appointment at Duke University in Women's Studies. She is on the steering committee of the Center for Genome Ethics, Law and Policy, the internal advisory committee of the Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy, and also is an affiliate at the Center for Medical Ethics and Humanities. She received her PhD from Columbia University in 1989 and her BA from Yale University in 1980.

Guest Speakers

Jonathon Goldberg-Hiller is Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Hawaii. He investigates contemporary political and social phenomena to study how changing forms of identity, nationalism, political authority and political economy affect the mobilization of rights, how these rights are resisted, and how they retain relevancy. He is the author of The Limits to Union: Same-Sex Marriage and the Politics of Civil Rights (University of Michigan Press, 2002).


Neal Milner is Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawai'i where he is affiliated with the Program on Conflict Resolution. His teaching interests focus on pubic policy, health policy, and especially on the role of law in political and social life. He has written books about police, community conflict, and mediation, and has just completed editing a book of essays called The Tapestries of Rights. He has written a variety of articles that mostly have considered the following questions: Under what circumstances do people claim they have rights and what are the consequences of this claim? What does it mean to own property? Do forms of conflict resolution bring about social transformation? He has also written about his own family's immigrant experiences.