April 4th - Prof. Chris Wiggins and Prof. Matthew L. Jones on their new book: How Data Happened. 

Center for American Studies Open House

Tuesday February 28th 2023 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Hamilton Hall Room 319

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In conversation with David Nasaw

Thursday, February 16, 2023 6:30 pm
Kelly Skylight Room @ CUNY Graduate Center
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A talk by Elisa Tamarkin 
Professor of English, UC Berkeley

Wednesday Feb 1, 2023 - Philosophy 302 @ 5:30 PM

American Studies' Salon Talk with Prof. John McWhorter
Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature.

Wednesday October 12th, 2022 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Hamilton Hall Room 703

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Presented by The Center for American Studies and the Film and Media Studies Program at the School of the Arts.

Lecture by Terri Francis, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Inclusion and Outreach, University of Miami.

Response by Professor Racquel Gates, Film and Media Studies, School of the Arts, Columbia University.

Arts and Sciences Committee on Equity and Diversity 
Department of History 
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
Institute for Research in African-American Studies

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American Studies' Salon Talk with Dr. Valerie Paley 
Director of the New-York Historical Society Patricia D. Klingenstein Library
In conversation with Prof. Hilary Hallett
Director of Center for American Studies

Wednesday September 21st, 2022 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, New York NY 10027
Garden Room #1

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As Hilary A. Hallett writes in her new biography, “Inventing the It Girl,” the modern Nell would forge a long, lucrative career out of this raw material: the glamour and scandal of the upper classes, and pulsing below, the inadmissible longing — her own and her readers’ — to be swept away by passion without dying on the rocks.

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The New York Times

The Boston Globe

Talking Silents

The Hub

The Slate

Andrew Delbanco will deliver his lecture, “The Question of Reparations: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future,” on October 19, 2022, at President Lincoln’s Cottage historic site and museum in Washington, D.C., at 6:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public and will stream online at 

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For 22 years, Women and the Silent Screen (WSS), a biennial international conference sponsored by Women and Film History International (WFHI), has brought together researchers focused on women’s pivotal roles in the first decades of motion picture history. WSS has supported the creation of a new view of the film industries that demonstrates the centrality of women in economic and labor history, criticism, aesthetics, narrative development, film culture, and film production in a globalized world. 

In June 2022, Columbia University in New York hosts WSS XI: Women, Cinema, and World Migration to highlight new scholarship connecting early cinema history to the migration and social mobility that caught up women globally when motion pictures arrived more than a century ago. We invite students, scholars, distributors, curators, and archivists from around the world to return to where the U.S. film industry began to explore how the new medium intersected with women’s movement across boundaries of gender, ethnicity, race, and class, considering occupational and national borders that excluded some women and welcomed others. For the first time, WSS XI features Jump Start, a platform for research sharing before the conference begins.

Join Jason Resnikoff (History Department PhD Alum '19) and Nelson Lichtenstein for a virtual event celebrating the release of "Labor's End: How the Promise of Automation Degraded Work" on March 1 at 11am PT / 2PM EST.

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Jason Resnikoff is a Core Lecturer in the History Department at Columbia University. He specializes in labor history, the history of global capitalism, intellectual history, and the history of technology. His book, "Labor’s End: How the Promise of Automation Degraded Work," explores the ideological origins of automation in the US in the middle of the twentieth century. You can find his work in Labor,  International Labor and Working-Class History, Tropics of Meta, Zócalo Public Square, Western Humanities Review, Paris Review Daily, and the Encyclopedia of American Recessions and Depressions. He is affiliated with Columbia University’s American Studies Department, where he advises undergraduate senior theses, as well as Columbia’s Justice in Education initiative, through which he teaches incarcerated students. His time working as an organizer for the United Auto Workers grounds his scholarship. His current research interests include the intersection of racism and technology.

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American Studies mourns the loss of Todd Gitlin, who taught a course on The Sixties for the Center for American Studies. Read more about his legacy and work in The New York Times.

In an essay for the Wall Street Journal, Roosevelt Montás argues, "Far from being elitist, a college curriculum focused on the Western classics can open a new world for students of all backgrounds." 

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Labor’s End: How the Promise of Automation Degraded Work, explores the ideological origins of automation in the US in the middle of the twentieth century. Jason's work has appeared or is forthcoming in LaborInternational Labor and Working-Class HistoryTropics of MetaWestern Humanities Review, Paris Review, and the Encyclopedia of American Recessions and Depressions. Labor's End will be released on December 28 by University of Illinois Press.

In this very personal book, Roosevelt reflects on the experience of immigrating to the United States as a teenager and attending Columbia as a low-income student in the early 1990s—where his encounter with the Core Curriculum profoundly reoriented his life. Drawing on more than two decades teaching in the Core Curriculum and a decade serving as its director, Roosevelt examines why liberal education is imperiled in today’s university and makes a compelling case for its revitalization. You can read an early review of the book here. It will be released on November 16 by Princeton University Press.