The Center for American Studies and Women’s History interns will assist with the ongoing research and public programming for the New-York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History, the first such center in the United States within the walls of a major museum. The intern will work with the Center’s director and doctoral-level and predoctoral-level follows, performing a wide range of tasks, primarily research, programming, and exhibition and installation development, utilizing and featuring the museum and library collections of the N-YHS, as well as assisting with public programs and planning for the Diana and Adam E. Max Conference in Women’s History, held in March.

8 hours weekly, $1800 compensation for the semester (from early February to mid April).

The Center for American Studies invites you to its annual Open House.

Come learn about the American Studies program, meet faculty, staff, and advisors, and enjoy refreshments!

November 1st, 2022 from 6:00-7:00pm
Room 317 Hamilton

Join us NEXT WEEK on Wednesday October 19th to watch Andrew Delbanco deliver his lecture, “The Question of Reparations: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future,” at 6:30 p.m. EDT.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will stream online at

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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Word Bookstore will be hosting Hilary Hallett in conversation with Sarah MacLean as part of the Brooklyn Book Festival. The pair will be discussing Hallett's book, INVENTING THE IT GIRL. The event is free, but registration is recommended!

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.

Read more about the book and reviews at:

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.

The Center for American Studies seeks two interns to help launch a new project, tentatively called History in Motion, exploring compelling cultural issues at work in both America’s past and present.

8 hours weekly, $1800 compensation for 8 weeks in. May/June/July


Priority will be given to majors and concentrators in Columbia's American Studies program but we will consider any student who has enrolled in an American Studies course in the last year. The candidate must love research and have an interest in how contemporary cultural issues reveal aspects of Americans' past.  Applicants should be flexible, curious, detail-oriented, and be able to work independently.  Excellent written and communication skills required; media, graphics and web experience a plus.


Applicants should provide a cover letter expressing interest and detailing pertinent skills; a CV; and two letters of recommendation by May 16, 2022 to [email protected][email protected]

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.

Learn more about the book:

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.

Join the event here.

The Center for American Studies invites you to its annual Open House. Come learn about the American Studies program, meet faculty, staff, and advisors, and enjoy refreshments!

March 1, 2022


Room 317 Hamilton

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.

Roosevelt Montás's recent book, Rescuing Socrates: How the Great Books Changed My Life and Why They Matter for a New Generation, answers the question: What is the Value of a liberal education? Speakers include Andrew Delbanco (Columbia University), David Denby (The New Yorker), Turkuler Isiksel Columbia University) and Dan-el Padilla Peralta (Princeton University). 

Rescuing Socrates describes how four authors—Plato, Augustine, Freud, and Gandhi—had a profound impact on Montás’s life. In doing so, the book drives home what it’s like to experience a liberal education—and why it can still remake lives.

February 2, 2022

6:15pm Online

Registration required. Register here