American Studies Seminar at the American Antiquarian Society

Every fall, students from Assumption College participate in the interdisciplinary American Studies Seminar at the American Antiquarian Society, where a visiting professor has explored a different topic each year since 1978.  In addition to classroom discussions of assigned readings, students pursue an independent original research project under the supervision of a faculty mentor and the curators and librarians at the AAS.  In developing their projects, students have access to a variety of primary sources in the AAS archives, including newspapers, lithographs, maps, letters, photographs, and city directories.  Recent topics have included “The Nineteenth Century Networked Nation,” “Religion in America’s Founding,” “Clothing and Culture in America,” and “Sexualities in Early America.”  Admission to the seminar is highly competitive.