Primary School Workshops, 2013.

This summer’s year 6 workshops saw us returning to Catton Grove Primary School and Lionwood Junior School as well as visiting two schools for the first time, George White Primary School and Heartease Primary School. I was joined this year by AMS PhD students, Becky Avila, Bridget Dalton, and Jon Ward. The workshops ran in a similar way to previous years, with each PhD student able to springboard from their own research area to discuss American culture with the pupils. So, Bridget workshopped ‘talking American’, Becky in turn questioned American identity (who gets to be American?) and discussed Latino/a culture, and Jon workshopped ideas of race and belonging in the U.S. The workshops were all great and this year the children produced a piece of poetry each, inspired by the material they had been involved with during the day. The poetry will all be published in a dedicated book later this summer and I will be adding a selection to this site under the schools’ pages.

Heartease Primary

Heartease Primary

If you would like your school to be involved next year, please contact me at


What America Means to Me Posters

Roll up, roll up for this year’s workshops. Myself and some of our wonderful PhD students will be delivering workshops at Norfolk primary schools this summer term and secondary schools in the Autumn term. Please see the posters below. If you would like your school to be involved or would like more information email either or

WAMTM primary

WAMTM Secondary 2013

Invitation to schools to be involved in What America Means to Me, 2012-13

Would you like your school to be involved?

Following on from the successes of the last two years, we are expanding the project to include a greater number of schools in the Norfolk area. 

Please browse the pictures and case-studies and if you would like your school to be involved then contact Dr Wendy McMahon.

01603 592952

School of American Studies, UEA, Norwich, NR4 7TJ


“What America Means to Me” 2011

Spring 2011 sees the launch of the second phase of the “What America Means to Me” workshops, a flagship community outreach programme between the School of American Studies at UEA and local primary and secondary schools in Norwich. This year the work that the students produce will be exhibited at a week-long “American Festival” to be held at The Forum, Norwich, from July 4th – July 9th 2011. The second What America Means to Me book will be launched at the festival, also. It is an exciting time for the project as we work on expanding it to incorporate the wider community in a series of events to be held at The Forum. For more information about the festival please contact Wendy McMahon at
For details about the venue for the festival please visit The Forum website