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EVENTS: AmSt Student Conference 2019 Program

“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”: Reconsidering American Values in the 21st Century

American Studies Student Conference

Venue: The Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission, 2 Nicolae Costinescu St., Bucharest

Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 9:00-17:30

 

9:00-9:30  Opening Remarks

Melissa Wong, Strategic Content Coordinator, Public Affairs Section, United States Embassy in Bucharest

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

Rodica Mihaila, Executive Director, Romanian-U.S. Fulbright Commission

 

9:30-10:30  Keynote Address: Melissa Wong, Strategic Content Coordinator, Public Affairs Section, United States Embassy in Bucharest. Chair: Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru (University of Bucharest)

 

10:30-11:00  Coffee/Tea

 

11:00-12:00  Panel 1: Reconsidering the American Dream: Utopian and Dystopian Perspectives. Chair: Dana Mihailescu (University of Bucharest)

11:00-11:15 Adina Huiu (2nd year MA student, Cultural Innovation, Transilvania University of Brasov), “The American Dream Represented in Film: David W. Griffith’s Fiction of a Perfect America”

 

11:15-11:30 Iulia-Teodora Driscu (1st year MA student, American Studies, “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iasi), The Myth of the American Adam: The Origins and the Present”

 

11:30-11:45 Diana Diaconu (2nd year MA student, Canadian Studies, University of Bucharest), Pursuits of Happiness: South Asian Perspectives on the New World

 

11:45-12:00 Manuela Neuwirth (2nd year MA student, American Studies, University of Graz), “‘Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness’ or Their Opposites: Mental Illness, Suicide, and Antinatalism in American Literature and Culture”

 

12:00-12:30 Discussion

 

12:30-13:30 Lunch

 

13:30-14:30 Panel 2: Diversity, a Key Value in American Society. Chair: Maria-Sabina Draga Alexandru (University of Bucharest)

13:30-13:45 David Dumitriu (1st year MA student, American Studies, University of Bucharest), “Questions of Identity in African American and Jewish American Short Fiction”

 

13:45-14:00 Miguel Angel Villaescusa Tello (1st year MA student, American Studies, University of Bucharest), “Aaron McGruder’s Huey Freeman: A Neo-Marxist African-American Working Class Hero

 

14:00-14:15 Oana Adina Ciobanu (3rd year BA student, American Studies, University of Bucharest), “‘Category Is…’: Acceptance, Abandonment, and the Queer Family in RuPaul’s Drag Race

 

14:15-14:30 Teodor Panait (1st year MA student, American Studies, University of Bucharest), “Unity through Difference: ‘The Man Who Would Be King’ as a Metaphoric Counterexample of Neocolonialism”

 

14:30-15:00 Discussion

 

15:00-15:30  Coffee/Tea break

 

15:30-16:30 Panel 3: Discursive Shapings of American Values. Chair: Roxana Oltean (University of Bucharest)

15:30-15:45 Elena-Ancuta Stefan (1st year MA student, Anglo-American Studies, Ovidius University, Constanta), “Narrative Structures in Gillian Flynn’s and David Fincher’s Gone Girl (2012/2014)

 

15:45-16:00 Raul Saran (1st year MA student, American Studies, West University of Timisoara), “‘Unleash the American Dream’: Satirical Representations of Gun Control in Recent American Pop Culture and Entertainment”

 

16:00-16:15 Cristina-Delia Frunza (1st year MA student, American Studies, University of Bucharest), “I, Non-I: Poetical dissociation between Identity and Self in Theodore Roethke’s poem In a dark time (1960)

 

16:15-16:30 Andreea Ciuraru (1st year MA student, Cultural Innovation, Transilvania University of  Brasov), “American Values and Music: Lady Gaga as an Unconventional Role-Model”

 

16:30-17:00 Discussion

 

17:00-17:15 Jury discussions and vote on the winner of the “Dan Grigorescu” prize for American Studies

 

17:15-17:20 Award Ceremony

 

 17:20-17:40 Concluding Remarks

 

17:40-18:00 Coffee/Tea



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