Study of the U.S. Institute on Contemporary American Literature

Study of the U.S. Institute on Contemporary American Literature

The Study of the United States Institute on Contemporary American Literature provides a multinational group of 18 experienced and highly-motivated foreign university faculty and scholars with a deeper understanding of contemporary American literature. Its purpose is twofold: 1) to explore contemporary American writers and writing in a variety of genres; and, 2) to suggest how the themes explored in those works reflect larger currents within contemporary American society and culture. The Institute explores the diversity of the American literary landscape, examining how major contemporary writers, schools, and movements reflect the traditions of the American literary canon. At the same time, the Institute exposes participants to writers who represent a departure from that tradition, and who are establishing new directions for American literature.

The Institute on Contemporary American Literature is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is hosted by the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society at the University of Louisville.  In 2015, we welcomed participants from Armenia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Montenegro, Nigeria, People's Republic of China, Poland, Rwanda, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

The 2016 Institute will be held June 10 - July 23.

Resources for the SUSI Participants

Participants of the Institute, both past and present, are encouraged to connect  with other participants and share ideas and experiences on these two websites:
State Alumni is your global community: a dynamic and interactive networking experience for all past and current participants of U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs.
ExchangesConnect is an international social network that promotes mutual understanding among members by highlighting cultures, commonalities, and exchange program experiences through user-generated content and multimedia tools like forums, blogs, photos, and videos.