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Centre for the Americas

Official Launch

Prof. Bryant Simon, Temple University, USA.

 ‘The United States of Cognitive Dissonance’

 5pm Graduate School, May 11th 2017

All welcome. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and a drinks reception.


Bryant Simon
 is professor of history at Temple University. He is the author of the forthcoming book, The Hamlet Fire:  A Tragic Story of Cheap Food, Cheap Government, and Cheap Lives and previously of Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America (2004) andEverything but the Coffee: Learning About America from Starbucks (2009). His work and commentary have been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The, and numerous other outlets

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The Centre for the Americas is an interdisciplinary hub of research innovation, bringing together scholars working in the fields of U.S., Canadian, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies from backgrounds in literature, visual culture, the creative arts, languages and translation, history, philosophy, politics, and international relations. 

In line with Queen’s University Belfast’s core values, the Centre aims to:

  1. develop creative, cutting-edge and collaborative research across and beyond the faculty of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  2. promote an integrated research culture, from postgraduate to professoriate, that will enhance our profile in the study of the Americas in the UK, Ireland, and internationally
  3. generate successful funding applications for research projects and related initiatives with lasting impact
  4. connect with communities and stakeholders outside of academia in a range of strategic partnerships to tackle local and global challenges 

These aims will be addressed in a range of activities, including annual symposia, a regular seminar series, the establishment of a Master’s programme in American Studies, the establishment of student/scholar exchange programmes with partner US institutions, research workshops, visiting speakers, public talks, and more.

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