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Thursday, May 13, 2021

7:00 pm ET  Zoom

Renowned civil rights attorney with the Equal Justice Initiative Cathleen Price will explore social justice in the U.S. through the lens of her work as an attorney, educator and advocate of death-sentenced prisoners, offenders subject to excessively harsh punishments and communities marginalized by poverty and discrimination.

Featuring opening remarks by former U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. CC’73, LAW’76, and closing remarks by Bernard E. Harcourt, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science.

American Studies Lecturer Cathleen Price interviewed in Columbia College Today on the legacy of injustice. Read article here.

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Fifty years on, in the age of #MeToo and Black Lives Matter, activists and writers Alix Kates Shulman and Honor Moore have gathered an unprecedented collection of works—many long out-of-print and hard to find—that catalyzed and propelled the movement, visionary and radical writing as relevant and urgently needed as ever, ready to inspire a new generation of feminists.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

6:00-7:00 pm

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The past year has been a historic stress test for American democracy. Where do we stand now? What can our tradition of political writings tell us about what lies ahead?

New Yorker writer and Columbia University Professor of Journalism Nicholas Lemann, editor of Library of America’s new anthology American Democracy: 21 Historic Answers to 5 Urgent Questions, leads a conversation on the controversies and flashpoints that will shape the future course of our democratic experiment. Featuring Patrick Deneen, author of Why Liberalism Failed and Professor of Political Science and Chair of Constitutional Studies at Notre Dame University; Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne; Michele Moody-Adams, Professor of Political Philosophy and Legal Theory at Columbia University; and Nicole Hemmer, political historian at Columbia University specializing in media, conservatism, and the far-right.

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This event is co-presented by the Center for American Studies at Columbia University.

The Center for American Studies invites you to join us virtually at our annual Open House on Tuesday, March 9, 5-6:30 pm. Meet our team get acquainted with the American Studies program. Please RSVP to Angela Darling. Zoom link below.

Passcode (if needed):   669438

American Studies alumna Miya Matsumoto Lee '18 interviewed in Columbia College Today. Read article here.

The American Historical Association has recognized Valerie Paley's contribution to public history as Director of the Center for Women's History. Dr. Paley received the Association's 2020 Herbert Feis Award.

Civil Rights activist and Congressman John Lewis (1940-2020) spoke at an event sponsored by the Center for American Studies in December 2015. 

The event with Rep. John Lewis at Columbia University's Casa Italiana was co-sponsored by the Double Discovery Center. A video of the event is available below, or by going to vimeo.  

Roosevelt Montás answers five questions about his time as a Columbia student.
See the full conversation in Columbia College Today.

Sam Reider in Columbia College Today.

From grungy American dives to a State-Department-sponsored tour of Southeast Asia -- Sam Reider describes his journey as an American music ambassador and the accordion that altered his life's trajectory.

Book Launch Event

Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall, Journalism School

January 29, 2020 4:30 - 7:00 pm

Daniel Weiss, author of In that Time: Michael O'Donnell and the Tragic Era of Vietnam, and CEO and President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will present a lecture on January 29 at the Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall, Journalism School. Book signing and reception to follow.