March 28, 2019


American Studies is pleased to present John Fabian Witt from Yale Law School as featured speaker on March 28, 2019, 6:00 pm at Butler Library, room 203.

Professor John Fabian Witt is the Allen H. Duffy Class of 1960, Professor of Law, Yale Law School. The lecture is free and open to the public but seating is limited.

The Center for American Studies is grateful for the support of the Jack Miller Center.


March 22, 2019

American Studies Professor Andrew Delbanco Wins 2019 J. Anthony Lukas Prize

Professor Delbanco was awarded the 2019 Lukas Prize for his book, The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War (Penguin Press). Judges for the prize wrote that the book "conjures echoes from the past that eerily resonate today: the splintering of the two major political parties, black protests of slavery and jails, and public discourse infused with insult and invective."

March 01, 2019

Freedom & Citizenship described as university's "hidden gem" in community affairs newsletter

In its Fall/Winter 2018 issue, the Columbia Newsletter writes that Freedom & Citizenship "has raised the bar in developing our next generation of high school students to become 'informed, responsible citizens.'" The newsletter is published by Columbia's Office of Government and Community Affairs to provide the university's neighbors with relevant news about the campus. It can be accessed as a pdf online

Freedom and Citizenship Program

Beginning in 2009, the Center for American Studies has collaborated with the Roger Lehecka Double Discovery Center on a program that introduces high school students to college-level work in the humanities and prepares them for lives as informed, responsible citizens.