Current Series


'Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag' 


...tweeted Donald Trump as President-Elect; ‘if they do, there must be consequences – perhaps loss of citizenship’. His administration has also suggested repealing the 14th amendment allowing birthright citizenship. Some even want to strip citizenship from US-born children of undocumented immigrants. Citizenship, and how it designed and regulated, is the critical issue in America today. This series seeks to engage the campus community with elements of the national conversation. We look to understand the nuances of contemporary US citizenship, the challenges it faces, and the strategies we might advocate in seeking to strengthen its promise. We aim also to excavate its heritage, from antiquity, through the founding, the Civil War, the women’s suffrage movement, and the Welfare State, to discover how earlier experiences have shaped the contours of what we see as “natural” today. The Changing Faces of U.S. Citizenship series will join faculty from the Departments of Political Science, History, Black Studies, Classics, and English, and the Carsey-Wolf Center in a collaborative program of undergraduate and graduate course offerings, panel discussions, a research colloquium, public lectures, film screenings, and workshops with local schools throughout the academic year 2017-18, and Fall 2018. 


Upcoming Events

Spring Quarter 2018

Modern Citizenship Tests and Classical Funeral Orations: A Workshop

With Johanna Hanink, Associate Professor of Classics, Brown University

Tuesday, May 22nd @ 11am in HSSB 6020 (McCune Conference Room)

 What common knowledge do modern states expect of a (good) citizen? In this workshop, we will consider the ideology, frameworks and assumptions behidn the quesitons that constitute the United States' Civics Exam (Part of the U.S. Naturalization test) and Britain's Life in the UK Test (Part of the British Citizenship Test). In Particular, we will examine how these repertoiries of assumed common civic knowledge align (or do not) with the kinds of content typically rehearsed int eh Athenian funeral orations, speeches ritually delivered for the war dead over the course of some century-and a-half in classical Athens (c.460-320 BCE).

For further details, please view the flyer here.

Fall Quarter 2018

Events planned include lectures by Professor Bonnie Honig (Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media, and Political Science at Brown University) and Professor Simon Goldhill (Director of the Cambridge University Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities).


Events from the Archives

Interview with Dan-el Padilla Peralta (April 23rd, 2018)


David C. Baluarte - Citizens of Nowhere: The Case for Embracing the Stateless (February 16th, 2018)

Highlighted Events

Citizenship's Insular Cases: From Greece to Rome to Puerto Rico - Professor Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Monday, April 23rd @4pm in the McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)

Symposium: Humanities in Prison

Thursday, April 26th @9am-5:30pm in the McCune Conference Room (HSSB 6020)


Courses Offerings