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EVENTS: American Studies Students' Conference

Here are several testimonials from the 2014 students' conference

Irina Nitu, American Studies alumna and organizer:

"Today's outstanding event, our annual American Studies students' conference was a major success! We thank everyone who showed up today, our professors, the speakers, the attendees and our special guests, for making this possible. A good deal of incredibly sophisticated papers and quite a number of brilliant and highly intelligent speakers turned everything into an informative time for everyone. When Q/A sessions came around, the discussions were incredibly dynamic and everyone got the exposure they were hoping for. Being proactive about it, combined with all our efforts triggered results that hopefully created the best experience for everyone possible!"

Gregoria Petrea, 2nd year American Studies MA student:

"This was truly a conference "by the students, of the students, for the students," to quote Professor Rodica Mihaila, and an event that exceeded any expectations. Thank you to all those involved and to those who made the event such a success, with special thanks to the wonderful organizer, Irina, Laura Piciorus, who has also helped organize the event, to our moderators and incredibly well-prepared participants. Also, I would like to personally thank Professor Roxana Oltean whose dedication and support transformed the conference into yet another American Studies experience that I shall cherish for many years to come! See you next year!

Laura Silvas,  2nd Year American Studies MA student:

"A fantastic event! A giant THANK YOU to everyone involved, to our great hosts American Corner and the amazing organizer Irina, to all our speakers and especially our wonderful American Studies Program! Nothing would have been possible without you! Here's to an even bigger event next year!"
Please find below the program of the American studies students' conference, “American Identity in Transnational Contexts.” to be held on Friday, May 9, 2014, at American Corner Bucharest, The National Library of Romania.


May 9, 2014
10:00 am to 18:00 pm

Conference Agenda
10:00 to 10:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks

Mrs. Doina Stanescu, Head of the Reading Rooms Department, National Library of Romania

Assoc. Prof. Octavian Roske, Head of the English Department, Faculty of Foreign Languages, the University of Bucharest

Prof. Dr. Rodica Mihaila, Executive Director of the Fulbright Commission Romania

10:30 to 11:30 Keynote Address* Mr. Bruce Kleiner, Counselor for Public Affairs at the U.S. Embassy - American Identity in a Transnational Context

*Followed by discussion & Q/A.

11:30 to 11:45 Coffee Break

11:45 to 13:15 Session I*: Hyphenated Identities. Moderator: Dragos Manea

Anca Pirnoiu – “Mirroring a Republished Identity: A Panorama of Diacritical Incentives”

Diana Danau – “The Role of Memory in Creating Identities in Chiori Miyagawa’s America Dreaming”

Andreea Sava – “Constructed Identities and Perceptions of the Self and the Other: The Case of Eastern European Immigrants in Aleksandar Hemon’s The Lazarus Project”

Cristina – Ioana Ene – ““Our Only Hope Was to Come to America” – Aspects of Dislocation in Anzia Yezierska’s Bread Givers”

*Followed by panel discussion & Q/A.

13:15 to 13:45 Lunch Break

13:45 to 14:45 Session II*: Creative Writing. Moderator: Irina Nitu

Anna Sherod – “Home”

Gregoria Petrea – “Cherokee Rose”

Stefan Rosioru – “Home is Where the Heart is”

*Followed by panel discussion & Q/A.

14:45 to 15:45 Session III*: Cultural Memory, Cultural Loss. Moderator: Laura Piciorus

Dragoş Manea – “A War of Remembrance: 300’s Adaptation of the Battle of the Thermopylae in the Context of the Iraq War”

Andreea Balaianu – “Selling the American Dream”

Laura Silvas – “The Reservation as Hell and the Employment of Stereotypes in an Imperialist Discourse”

*Followed by panel discussion & Q/A.

15:45 to 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 to 18:00 Session IV*: Close-Up on Old World/New World Spaces. Moderator: Laura Silvas

Stefan Ambrosie – “Eastern Philosophy in American Transcendentalism”

Corina Cocos – “Concepts of Mythology in American Romanticism - Edgar Allan Poe”

Delia Dorneanu – “The Spirit of America as Defined by Baudrillard in Global Fanfiction”

Vasilica Pintilie – “The Metaphor of the Innocent Land in Thomas Pynchon’s “Entropy””

Laura Piciorus – “Perspectives on Wanderlust: American Speed, Romanian Dawdle”

*Followed by panel discussion & Q/A.



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