27th Annual American Studies Forum




Upcoming Forum

Featured Speaker

Norman Yetman (Ph.D.-University of Pennsylvania) is Emeritus Chancellors Club Teaching Professor of American Studies and Sociology and Courtesy Professor of African and African-American Studies at The University of Kansas. He has been a Senior Research Fellow at Johns Hopkins University (1972-73), a Fulbright Professor at Odense University and the University of Copenhagen in Denmark (1981-82), a Visiting Professor of History at Hong Kong University (1996), and Fulbright Distinguished Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Salzburg, Austria (2005). In addition to lecturing on topics dealing with American society and culture in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia, in the summer of 1997 he was the featured speaker at the 17th Annual American Studies Forum sponsored by the Center for Asia-Pacific Exchange in Honolulu. Moreover, he has served as president of the Midcontinent American Studies Association (1970-71) and was the 1997 recipient of the Mid-America American Studies Association's Elizabeth Kolmer Mentoring Award. In 1991, he was named Chancellors Club Teaching Professor, and he received the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ J. Michael Young Award for outstanding advising and mentoring in 1999 and the KU Graduate School’s Louise Byrd Mentoring Award in 2004. In 2004 he was also the recipient of the American Studies Associations’s Mary Turpie Award for mentoring and program development. From 1991 to 2005 he served as co-editor (with David Katzman) of the transdisciplinary journal, American Studies. Professor Yetman's major teaching and research interests have focused primarily upon issues involving race, ethnicity, immigration, religion, and sport in American life. Among his publications are Life Under the Peculiar Institution: Selections from the Slave Narrative Collection (1970) (also published under the title Voices From Slavery) (1970, 2000); Majority and Minority: The Dynamics of Race and Ethnicity in American Life (6th edition, 1998); Sociology: Experiencing Changing Societies (7th edition, with Kenneth Kammeyer and George Ritzer, 1997); and When I Was a Slave (2001). He has published articles on race and ethnicity in American Quarterly, Civil Rights Digest, Social Problems, and Sociology of Sport Journal, and he is currently working on a book-length manuscript entitled The American Mosaic: Multicultural America in an Age of Globalization.

Guest Speakers

Deane Neubauer is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the University of Hawaii, Senior Advisor to the East-west Center, and Director of the Globalization Research Network. He has been in the Department of Political Science at UH since 1970, serving as chair of the department from 1975 to 1978. From 1980-88, he was the Dean of the College of Social Sciences; he has also served as Chancellor of UH-Manoa, and as Vice President for Academic Affairs. Dr. Neubauer received his BA from the University of California, Riverside in 1962 and his MA and Ph.D. from Yale University in 1965, all in political science.

Ty P. Kawika Tengan is an assistant professor in ethnic studies and anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa who specializes in identity formation, cultural politics, masculinities and nationalism in Hawai‘i and the Pacific. His forthcoming book Re-membering Masculinities: Gender, Nation and Empire in Hawai‘i (Duke University Press) presents an ethnographic account Native Hawaiian men engaged in a project of (re)claiming indigenous identities through ritual, martial arts, carving, and narrative.