February 15, 2018

Panel Discussion on Korematsu v. United States

In 1943 and 1944 the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the military orders that forced over 120,000 Japanese Americans into American prison camps during World War II. It took almost 40 years to overturn the convictions of Fred Korematsu and others who violated the orders with the "smoking gun" evidence of governmental misconduct. 

April 21, 2017

People's Historian, Historian's Historian: Celebrating the Career of Eric Foner

April 21-22

The Columbia University Department of History celebrates the career of Professor Eric Foner, in a two-day conference considering the contributions and legacies of a tremendous scholar, writer, and teacher of American history. The Department invites all to join in tribute of Professor Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, revered scholar and active public intellectual, who reached thousands with his work and critically transformed our understanding of the United States.

March 20, 2017

Harry T. Burleigh's Annual Service of Negro Spirituals at St. George's Church: A Tribute

March 31, 7:30pm
St. George’s Episcopal Church

African American baritone and composer H.T. Burleigh (1866-1949) is the leader of arranging and publishing the solo concert spiritual and coaching a key generation of musicians including Will Marion Cook, Paul Robeson and Marian Anderson. Burleigh was also an active church musician, working for decades at St. George’s Church in New York City. 

March 28, 2017

Historians and Abortion Rights: A Roundtable Discussion

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
6:00 pm
Room 523 Butler Library


Alice Kessler-Harris (Columbia), Reva Siegel (Yale Law School), Kevin Fong and Christine Scheuneman (Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP). Moderated by Michael Hindus (Center for American Studies, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP).

February 06, 2017

Dancing the Cold War Symposium, February 16-18

Thursday, February 16, 2017 to Saturday, February 18, 2017

1512 International Affairs Building (420 West 118th St) [NOTE: Opening night is in 1501 IAB]

Sponsored by the Harriman Institute and the Barnard College Department of Dance.

January 28, 2017

Monday, January 30: Columbia and Slavery Event

In the spring of 2015 students in Eric Foner's "Columbia and Slavery" course researched ties between the university and slavery. On January 30 they will present those findings to the public and launch the Columbia University & Slavery Project and website. The event will include welcome remarks by Lee C. Bollinger, an introduction by Eric Foner, and a presentation of findings by two undergraduate students. Christopher L. Brown will moderate. 

December 02, 2016

Democracy and Education Conference

On the centennial of John Dewey's classic Democracy and Education (1916), Columbia's Center for American Studies is sponsoring a day-long conference that will consider Dewey's legacy for twenty-first century civic education. Lectures and sessions will examine contemporary debates  about educational policy, civic engagement programs, education and equality, access to higher education, and the public responsibilities of colleges and universities, among other topics.