Nearly all first year "Amconners" opt to live in the same dorm. While this is entirely optional, we believe it contributes to a sense of American Conversations as a true academic community.
"The discussions we have are so amazing because we don't have any inhibitions about voicing our opinion to the class. I'm not sure this would have been possible had we not lived together. Even having a casual conversation with someone in the hallway would turn into an intense discussion of one of our readings!"
Students meet regularly for dinner with their professors and each other, usually around an event or theme. Recent Amcon dinners have included game night, Native American weeks, music night, pumpkin carving, folk music, and "American idol" night
Amcon Movie Night
As a supplement to the topics covered in Amcon 201 and 202, a movies are shown regularly on Thursday nights. Regular attendance is not required, but students are often required to attend one or more and write essays on how or why the movie relates to the American experience.
Here's a list of past and present Amcon movies
Picture Bride, An American Tale, Hester Street, Modern Times, Gone with the Wind, Ragtime, and the Grapes of Wrath.
Amcon 202: (Semester II, 2001-2002)
A Soldier's Story, Zoot Suit, American Graffiti, Malcolm X, The Graduate, Do the Right Thing, The War at Home, and Reality Bites.
"These activities allow us to get to know everyone -- especially the professors -- better. Plus, dinners and field trips provide so many insights on different topics that may or may not be related to class! Overall, it's a wonderful bonding time where you are shocked, amazed, and impressed with the things people say and do!"