Department Events

Department Events

Celebrate Nicole Fleetwood's book

Please join us for a book party to celebrate publication of NicoleFleetwood's On Racial Icons. It will be held July 26 (2:00-4:00pm)in NewYork at La Casa Azul Bookstore, 143 E. 103rd Street.

American Studies Symposium: Prison Art

December 12, 2012    11:45 am-1:00 pm

"Posing in Prison"


Ruth Adams Building 018, 131 George Street, New Brunswick

Presenter: Prof. Nicole Fleetwood

Respondent: Prof. Sylvia Chan-Malik

"Posing in Prison" examines vernacular photography and studio portraiture that takes place inside U.S. prisons, by investigating the production practices and the circulation of these images in and out of prisons. The photographs include images that document family visits to incarcerated relatives, portraits taken by inmate photographers in make-shift studios designed by inmates, and photographs taken by outside photographers and artists.  The paper considers how vernacular photography and portraiture of incarcerated subjects circulate as practices of intimacy and attachment amongst prisoners and their relatives and loved ones.

Open to the Rutgers Community. Lunch will be served.

The paper will be circulated in advance. To receive a copy of the paper, RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Prof. Decker on Radio Program

On November 21, at 5:30 .m., Jeff Decker will be a panelist on the public
radio program Action Speaks with Marc Levitt. Jeff will be discussing the
late Justice Lewis Powell, his 1971 memorandum about the "attack on free
enterprise," and American conservatism. Information about the program is
available at