Saturday November 14, 10am-6pm

Stella and Charles Guttman Community College


Breakfast, Lunch, and Reception included



At a Black Lives Matter conference hosted earlier this year by the Gender and Women’s Studies’ Department at the University of Arizona, some of the conversations turned to ideas of love. In the spirit of continuing and developing this conversation, the New York Metro American Studies Association (NYMASA) has chosen the theme of “Love” for our 2015 annual conference.

We are inspired by both intellectual engagement with the meanings of affect and the radical call by the Black Lives Matter movement to transcend “narrow nationalism” in favor of commitment to and love for black people of all classes, genders, and histories. We are moved by the successes of the marriage equality moment while at the same time invested in exploring love before, beyond, outside, and without state intervention. Finally, we are fascinated by the multiple registers on which love can resonate with the projects of American Studies.


Conference Schedule


Registration and Breakfast




Information Commons


Rosie Uyola, NYMASA President                  

Nate Mickelson, Guttman Community College

First Panel Session



Love Connections

Room 401

Chair: Jesse Schwartz, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY


Claire Schneider, Director and Founder, CS1 Curatorial Projects, Buffalo: “A Day-to-Day Micro-Revolution:

The Power of Connection in a Post 9/11, Media Saturated, Age of Difference.”


Marga Vicedo, University of Toronto: “A Mother’s Siege: Love and Knowledge in Understanding Autism.”


Debbie Weinstein, Brown University: “The 'Make Love, Not War' Ape: Bonobos, the Logic of War, and the Question of the Animal.”


Kathleen Hulser, Public Historian: “Love Economy of the New American Family: Fun Times in the Empire of Pet Services.”


Love and Marriage

Room 404

Chair: Elizabeth Abele, Nassau Community College, SUNY


Sara Rzeszutek Haviland, St. Francis College: “James and Esther Cooper Jackson: Love and Courage in the Black Freedom Movement.”


Christopher Michael Elias, Brown University: “The 'Love' of J. Edgar Hoover and Clyde Tolson.”


Elizabeth Bidwell Goetz, CUNY Graduate Center: “This Is Known as Genealogy’:

Literal and Literary Sites of Love and Conflict between Hettie and LeRoi Jones.”


Ani Kodzhabasheva, Columbia University: “Elizabeth Bishop and Lota Soares: Architecture, Poetry, and the Pitfalls of Modernism.”


Speculative Love

Room 405

Chair: Shelly Eversley, Baruch College, CUNY


Nellene Benhardus, University of Iowa: “‘Screaming Inside You To Do Its Will’:

Love and Compulsive Desire in the Whedon Canon.”


Sarah E. Colonna, University of North Carolina at Greensboro: “Hungering for Love:

What the Hunger Games in the Classroom Can Teach Us about Love and Learning.”


Geoffrey Klock, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY: “The Future of Men:

How Bisexual Polyamory Defeats Toxic Superhero Masculinity.”


Julie Wosk, SUNY Maritime College: “Falling in Love With a Robot--Film and Literature.”






Second Panel Session



Room 401

Chair: Sarah E. Chinn, Hunter College, CUNY


Melissa Coss Aquino, Bronx Community College, CUNY: “Jesús y Concha Colón:

A Puerto Rican Story of Love, Tradition, Migration and Modernism in Early 20th Century New York.”


Andrea Glass, Penn State Harrisburg: “New York Uncensored: Guiding the Naughty, the Amoral, and the Curious.”


Yasmine Shamma, Florida Atlantic University: “‘My Words are Love’: Displaced Love in New York School Poetry.”



Room 404

Chair: Matthew Knip, CUNY


Sophie R. Bell, St. John’s University: “Fighting Colorism: An Antiracist Rhetoric of Critical Self-Love.”


Susan M. Lanzoni, Harvard University: “Love and Empathy in the Brain: The Rise of Social Neuroscience.”


Mark J. Miller, Hunter College, CUNY: “Self-Love and the Evangelical Atlantic, 1730-1750.”


The Look of Love

Room 405

Chair: Megan Elias, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY


Shelly Eversley, Baruch College, CUNY: “The Erotic Life of Difference:

Spectacle Performance and Possibility in Carlene Hatcher Polite’s Sister X and the Victims of Foul Play.”


Sarah Gotowka, Textile and Video-Based Artist: “C Breezy and Roses:

The Language of Love in Contemporary North America.”


Kat Addis, New York University: “Love Intersects with Things.”


Linda M. Grasso, York College and The Graduate Center, CUNY: “Fan Love: Georgia O'Keeffe's Fan Mail.”


3:00-4:20 Keynote

Information Commons

Robert F. Reid-Pharr, CUNY Graduate Center




Wine and Hors D’oeuvres Reception