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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

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Andrew Delbanco, professor of American Studies at Columbia University, will deliver the 2022 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities.

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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.

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

Qualifications:

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.

Applications:


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: https://go.illinois.edu/f21resnikoff

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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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

6:00-7:00pm

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

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.

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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.