American Studies Association

November 15, 2016
Denver, Colorado

Dear American Studies Association members and registrants for the upcoming annual meeting:

I am writing on behalf of the ASA’s Executive Committee with a message about the meeting and also with some updates from the Program Committee’s co-chairs on some of the sessions that have recently been added to this week’s program.

First, the Executive Committee has a compelling sense that we ought to say something in advance of our upcoming meeting given the recent election results in the US and the many ongoing issues that are of deep concern to ASA members that continue to give us grave concern. We as elected leaders of the association hope our annual meeting this week in Denver will provide opportunities for a renewed collective commitment to the importance of our actions as scholars in and citizens of the world. In Denver, the national council will be discussing issuing a statement that articulates the association’s long-standing commitments to justice in light of recent events and ongoing struggles. This year as much or more than ever, we want the annual meeting to be a reminder to all of us of the power of our collective knowledge, wisdom, solidarity, and hope to respond to forces that target and threaten so many, including many of our members, and seek to diminish the values we embody and express in standing for justice and against xenophobia, homophobia, racism, sexism, the ongoing dispossession of Indigenous peoples, and the destruction of places we live.

We look forward to seeing those of you who will be in Denver. Please let us know what we can do to make ASA the sort of association you need in facing the challenges you are up against in your scholarship, teaching, and intellectual witness.

Second, the co-chairs of the Program Committee and I have added several sessions over the past several weeks in response to issues that have arisen since the formal work of building the program was completed in June. The sessions listed below are in the online version of the program. We hope you will be able to attend some of them along with the other rich offerings you as members and the Program Committee are bringing to Denver.

Safe travels to those heading to Denver. We will miss those who can’t make it this year and will hope to see you next year in Chicago.

Robert Warrior
American Studies Association

New Sessions (please consult the online program for more details)
Friday, November 18, 10:00-11:45
Tour of “Wheel” by Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds (Cheyenne and Arapaho)
Denver Art Museum, 100 W. 14th Avenue Parkway
Tour will be led by Hachivi Edgar Heap of Birds, 2016 ASA annual meeting artist in residence. The sculpture is outside the museum, which is 0.5 miles from the Hyatt Regency. The tour will begin when people have had time to make their way from the hotel to the museum.

Friday, November 18, 12:00-1:45 PM, Hyatt Centennial C
#M4BL and the Struggle to End Anti-Black State/Police Violence
Robin D.G. Kelley, University of California, Los Angeles
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Princeton University
Kim TallBear, University of Alberta

Saturday, November 19, 4:00-5:45 PM, Quartz
Election 2016: Analysis
Moustafa Bayoumi, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Lisa Duggan, New York University
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Princeton University

Saturday, November 19, 6:00-7:00 PM, Hyatt Level 4, Capital 2
Our Campuses as Sanctuaries: An Emergency Meeting in Response to the 2016 USElection
(Organized by Jason Ruiz, University of Notre Dame)

Saturday, November 19, 6:00-7:45 PM
#NoDAPL: Indigenous Dispossession on the Missouri
Nick Estes (Lakota), University of New Mexico
Marcella Gilbert (Lakota), community organizer
Jaskiron Dhillon, New School University
Chair: Robert Warrior (Osage), University of Kansas

Please note that a demonstration against financial institutions that stand to profit from the Dakota Access Pipeline will take place in downtown Denver on Friday, November 18, 4-6 PM. Check the ASA Facebook page for details from the organizers (this event is not sponsored by the association, but ASA members are involved in organizing it and we are publicizing it in support of their work, consistent with the association’s statement on the DAPL in September)