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American Studies Taster Day

We are excited to announce our new American Studies Taster Day: Location, Location, Location: The Importance of Place in 20th Century US History, Literature and Politics on Friday 14th Februrary 2020.

This event will be of interest to any students and teachers whose A Level or GCSE curriculum includes material on the 20th Century United States. Focusing on the importance of place and regional differences within the United States – nuances that are highly regarded by examiners in coursework and examinations – the day will include interactive, source-based talks on Homeland Security: The Suburbs and Cold War America (Dr. Rebecca Wright); Place and Identity in Modern American Literature (Dr. Julie Taylor); North and South, City and Country, Courtroom and Street Corner: Where did the Civil Rights Movement Happen? (Professor Brian Ward); Desegregating America’s Beaches: The Civil Rights Movement on America’s Coastlines (Dr. Elsa Devienne). We will also offer a Primary Source Workshop to help students locate and critically engage with a diverse range of sources related to the 20th Century United States. Finally, this taster session provides an introduction to the American Studies, English and American Studies, and History and American Studies degree programmes at Northumbria for students who might be interested in studying the history, literature, politics and popular culture of the United States at university.

Please find the schedule for the event below:

10:00 Welcome and Lecture

12:00 Lunch Break and Optional Campus/ Library Tours

13:00 Seminars

15:00 Close

 Lunch is not included in the day however, there are facilities for students to purchase food on campus, alternatively you may bring your own with you.

This event is free and has very limited places and therefore is first come first served.

If you have questions regarding the event please do not hesitate in contacting Professor Katy Shaw at


For teachers of GCSE students please email Becky Heaton at with the number of students you would like to bring to the event. 

AS/ A Level Students: To book a place, please fill in the form below. Teachers may attend and we welcome groups, although bookings need to be made by individual students.

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