The American Studies Student Organization (AMSTO) focuses on the study of American cultures, regionally, nationally, and transnationally by encouraging its members to understand and analyze the multitude of American communities. The organization not only seeks to promote American Studies on the KSU campus, but also to provide events for the development of students interested in interdisciplinary studies of culture in the Americas. Founded in June 2013, AMSTO fosters a social and academic outlet for students who are minoring, completing graduate work, or simply interested in American Studies.

Some of our past events include:

  • Screening of Disabled but Able to Rock, which concluded with a Q&A with Director Blake Myers
  • Presentation by John Fleming of the Civil Rights Cold Case Project
  • Screening of Shakespeare Behind Bars, co-hosted with MA Program in American Studies alumna Wende Ballew and her organization titled Reforming Arts
  • Student research symposium, titled, "Unconventional Wisdom: Experiments with Source Materials, Research Methodologies, and Information Expression" featuring Dr. Paula Rabinowitz of the University of Minnesota as the keynote speaker
  • Transnational Potluck Dinners, in which members brought dishes from their home countries to share, and
  • Multiple social events, including board game nights and our White Elephant Christmas Party
  • Field trip to the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, GA.

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