Sunday, November 16, 2008

Information Session on New Masters Program in Regional Studies; Latin America and the Caribbean

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 2:30 pm- 4:00pm
Location: International Affairs Room 802

Information on an interdisciplinary M.A. degree program that provides a broad social-science based approach to modern and contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Application Deadline: April 1st, 2009 for the fall semester
for more information contact or visit 

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Genocide, Refugees and the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Messages for the 21st Century

Speakers include Francis Deng, Special Adviser of the UN Secretary General on Genocide Prevention; Brian Hook, Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of International Organization Affairs for the US State Department; Sally Frishberg of the Museum of Jewish Heritage; Brian Gorlick, Senior Policy Adviser for the Office of the UN High Commission on Refugees; and Olivia Bueno, Associative Director of the International Refugee Rights Initiative.
6:30- 8:30 pm, Center for Jewish History, 15th West 16th Street
Free Admission but RSVP required- 

The Secular Age on a Global Context

Charles Taylor, Professor Emeritus at McGill University and author of "A Secular Age," will speak.
8:00 pm, Nov. 19th, Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center

A Genealogy of Liberty

Quentin Skinner, Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge will speak
6:15 pm, Nov. 18th, Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center 

Overcoming the Legacy of Colonialism in the Building of Cross-Border Solidarity: The Case of India

Ashwini Sukthankar, Director of the International Commission on Labor Rights will speak in this seminar, 7:15 pm with a dinner at 6:00 pm, Nov. 17th

Seminar will be on the Second Floor of the Heyman Center, Dinner held at Sezz Medi 1260 Amersterdam Ave.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Counter Terrorism: the British Approach

The School of International and Public Affairs and the European Institute presents:
"Counter Terrorism: the British Approach"
with Sir Nigel Sheinwal, British Ambassador to the United States

Sir Nigel Sheinwald will discuss the British approach to counter terrorism, which emphasizes a criminal rather than a military approach.

Wednesday, October 292:30 to 4:30 PM1501 International Affairs Building

NY Historical Society Internship- Spring Semester

The NEw York Historical Society is offering various internships for this coming spring semester. Below is a link with more information.

Appliocations are due 5pm November 7th

UHC Grad School Expo

Applying to PhD programs in History this fall? Thinking about going to graduate school in the future? Then come hear graduate students Elizabeth Hinton, Matthew Spooner, Amanda Alexander, and Omar Sarwar discuss life as a graduate student in History and the application process this Wednesday, October 29, from 8-9 PM in 301M Fayerweather. There will be an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about graduate school.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Breakthroughs and Transformations: Historical Perspectives on the 2008 Presidential Elections

Historical Perspectives on the 2008 Elections
Thursday, October 30, 2008
7:00- 9:00pm
702 Hamilton

Alan Brinkley- Provost and Allan Nevins Professor of American History
Mamadou Diouf- Professor of History and African Studies
Alice Kessler-Harris- R. Gordon Hoxie Professor of American History

Will be moderate by Natasha Lightfoot (Assistant Professor of History) with a reception to follow

Monday, October 13, 2008

The Vietnam Grunt

The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies, Columbia
University, presents:

Chair of the Department of History, Arizona State University


Thursday, October 16, 2008
12:15pm - 2:00pm
Room 1302, 13th Floor
School of International and Public Affairs 420 W. 118th Street New York City

Dr. Kyle Longley is the Snell Family Dean's Distinguished Professor, and
Chair of the History Department at Arizona State University. He is the
author of Grunts: The American Infantryman in Vietnam (M.E. Sharpe, 2008); The Sparrow
and the Hawk: Costa Rica and the United States
during the Rise of José Figueres (University of Alabama Press, 1997), which
received the A. B. Thomas Prize for the outstanding book published in Latin
American Studies from the South Eastern Council on Latin American Studies;
In the Eagle's Shadow: The United States and Latin America (Harlan Davidson,
2002); and Senator Albert Gore, Sr.: Tennessee Maverick (Louisiana State University
Press, 2004). He is also an editor and contributor to Deconstructing Reagan: Conservative Mythology and America's Fortieth President (M.E. Sharpe, 2007).

More information about Dr. Longley's book, Grunts: The American Infantryman
in Vietnam, can be found at:

Panel of Successful Fellowship Recipients in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Thursday, October 16, 3:00- 4:00pm, 301 Philosophy

PhD students who have won different national fellowships, such as Fulbright-Hays, Ford, Javits and others, will discuss what they believe makes an application successful. 

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Hitler's Empire: How the Nazis Ruled Europe

With Mark Mazower, Ira D. Walloch Professor of World Order Studies at Columbia University
October 14th, 4:30- 7:00 pm, Lehman Center, IAB Building
RSVP to 854-3060 or

Radical Cosmopolitanism: W.E.B. DuBois, Germany, and African American Visions for 21st Century Europe

Guenter Lenz, Professor of American Studies, Humboldt Universitaet

October 14th, from 12:00- 2:30 pm, Lehman Center

Monday, September 29, 2008

Lincoln in His Time and Ours

Columbia University is hosting a gathering of prominent American history professors in honor of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Speakers include Eric Foner, Dewitt Clinton History Professor at Columbia University, Sean Wilentz, Ruth Lapidus Professor of History at Princeton University and others.
Saturday, November 22nd
10:00 AM- 5:30 PM
Low Rotunda
Seats will limited, to attend event please e-mail

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Herbert Aptheker Undergraduate History Conference

Undergraduate History Conference
Wednesday, May 7th
6:30 PM 301 Fayerweather

The Undergraduate History Council and the Columbia Undergraduate Journal of History are hosting the first Herbert Aptheker Undergraduate History Conference. The following student panelists will give talks, and faculty will give responses to the talks:

Lydia Walker - "The International Law of War as Viewed through the Spatial Order of Carl Schmitt"
Faculty Commentary: Professor Anders Stephanson

David Piendak - "Wilfull Forgetting: Methodological Approaches to the Problem of Historical Memory"
Faculty Commentary: Professor Elizabeth Blackmar

Andrew Tillett-Saks - "Controlling Flint: Inclinations and Obstacles to Workers Control in the 1937 Sit-Down Strike"

Faculty Commentary: Professor Mae Ngai

The event has been co-sponsored by the Columbia College Student Council, with support from the Columbia University History Department and the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History and the Barnard College History Department.

Senior Thesis Prizes and Honors

The following history majors were awarded honors and prizes by the undergraduate education committee this year for their senior theses.

Brendan Charney
Justin Colvin
Briana Dema
Alexandra Feldberg
Ana Lise Feliciano Hansen
Chris Kulawik
Jason Resnikoff
Julia Robinson
David Spector
Max Staley

The Department's Annual Thesis Prizes for 2008:

(2003) Established by the History Department for a senior thesis of superior distinction in any historical field and period.

(1877) A cash prize awarded to the senior who submits the best essay on a topic dealing with the history of civil government in America. The topic to be selected in conjunction with seminar work in one of the social science departments and approved by the chairperson of the Chanler Prize Committee. Established by the bequest of J. Winthrop Chanler of the Class of 1847.

(2003) Established by the History Department for a senior thesis of superior distinction in any historical field and period.

(1912) A cash prize, or books having the same value, awarded to a student with sophomore, junior, or senior standing who has demonstrated excellence in modern history. Established by Mrs. Albert Elsberg in memory of her son, Albert Marion Elsberg.

Awarded by the History Department for academic achievement in the study of history other than that of the United States. Established by Professor James P. Shenton, Columbia College Class of 1949 and GSAS Class of 1955, in honor of his mother.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Essay Contest:

2007-2008 Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Writing Prizes

The Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture will award two prizes this spring for outstanding essays on American architecture, landscape, or urbanism written during the 2007-2008 academic year.

One prize will be awarded for an essay by a student in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. The other prize will be awarded for an essay by a student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Columbia University or alternatively by a Columbia or Barnard College senior. Each prize-winning essay carries an honorarium of $500. Winners will be announced in mid May.

Students should submit essays to the Buell Center, 400 Aver Hall, MC 0393, no later than Tuesday, May 12, 2008, by 5:00pm. Faxed or emailed papers will not be accepted. Papers must be clearly labeled "To be considered for the 2007-2008 Catherine Hoover Voorsanger Writing Prize." They must include the name of the course, semester, and faculty member under whose supervision the essay was written. They must also include the student's name, address, email address, and phone number. In the case of undergraduate students, only senior theses are eligible for consideration. Theses must be accompanied by a brief endorsement from the student's adviser.

Annual writing prizes have been awarded by the Buell Center since 1994-1995. They were renamed in 2002-2003 in memory of the art historian and decorative arts scholar Catherine Voorsanger (1950-2001). They are endowed by a gift from Voorsanger and Associates, Architects, and Beatrice Slater.

For more information, please consult the Buell Center website,

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Senior Thesis Application Available: Due April 2nd at NOON

The online application for admission to the Fall 2008 Columbia and Barnard History Departments' undergraduate seminars will be posted tomorrow to the Columbia department's website, here:

Descriptions for the Fall courses are now available here:

The application will be available on the website until Wednesday, April 2nd, at NOON. Please note this earlier time! Late applications will not be accepted.

Faculty will make their admissions decisions in the following weeks, and I will post the lists of accepted and wait-listed students to the Department's website during the third week of April, to coincide with pre-registration for fall. I will also send these lists to the registrar, who will enroll you directly in the course. You cannot register for seminars online or through the phone system.

You can find a complete explanation of the seminar application process here:

Conference Today and Tomorrow: The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

Comparing, Editing, Translating:
Periodicals and Interdisciplinarity Today
March 27-28, 2008

Thursday, March 27 (Kellogg Center, IAB 15th floor, ):

9:30am - 11:30am
Andreas Huyssen, New German Critique
Richard Kim, The Nation
Randy Martin, Social Text
moderated by Claudio Lomnitz

11:45am - 1:45pm
Marianne Hirsch, PMLA
Tani Barlow, positions
Naveen Kishore, Seagull Books
Lindsay Waters, Harvard University Press
moderated by David Damrosch

3:15pm - 5:15pm
Michael Wood, Princeton University
Andrew Shryock, Comparative Studies in Society and History
Kazuko Takemura, F-GENS: Frontiers of Gender Studies
Andrew O'Hagan, London Review of Books
moderated by Brent Hayes Edwards

5:30 - 7:30pm
Aamir Mufti, boundary 2
Elizabeth Povinelli, Public Culture
David Scott, Small Axe: A Caribbean Journal of Criticism
Mary Hawkesworth, Signs
moderated by Rosalind Morris

Friday, March 28 (School of Social Work, room 311):

9:30am - 11:30am
Mark Gevisser, The Nation
Noelani Arista, 'Oiwi: Native Hawaiian Journal
Jo Labanyi, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies
moderated by Ira Katznelson

11:45am - 1:45pm
Reinhold Martin, Grey Room
TBA, Social Text
David Greenberg, Slate
moderated by Lydia Liu

3:15pm - 4:45pm
Patricia Clough, Cultural Studies «
» Critical Methodologies
Brij Lal, Journal of Pacific History
Kathryne Lindberg, boundary 2
Patricia Yaeger, PMLA
moderated by Marcellus Blount

5:00pm - 6:30pm, Moderators' Plenary, Questions from the Panelists and Floor

6:30pm - 7:30pm, Reception

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call ICLS at 212-854-4541 or email

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Lecture Tonight: "The Oral History of Women's Letter Writing"

Margaretta Jolly

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
6:00 p.m.

Columbia University
Butler Library, Room 523
535 West 114th Street
New York City

Margaretta Jolly is a cultural critic with a particular interest in
life writing and life history. Her work has focused on auto/biography
and oral history, feminist theory and education. She is the author of
In Love and Struggle: Letters in Contemporary Feminism (Columbia
University Press, 2008).

Friday, March 7, 2008

UHC Co-Sponsored Panel: The US in the Middle East

5 Years of Occupation: U.S. Policy in the Middle East
Rashid Khalidi & Anthony Arnove
7:30pm, Tuesday March 11
301 Fayerweather Hall, Columbia University

As we approach the 5th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, conflicts grow across the Middle East. Despite the "troop surge", sectarian violence and anti-occupation resistance in Iraq show no signs of ending. Israel steps up its siege of Gaza with a series of bloody raids. U.S. outrages in Afghanistan coincide with a resurgence of the Taliban. Talk of civil war in Lebanon grows louder, as does Bush administration bluster against Iran. How do these events fit together? What is needed to stem the tide of violence?

Please join Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies and Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, and Anthony Arnove, author of Iraq: The Logic of Withdrawal, for a discussion of these crucial issues. Sponsored by Lucha, Students for Justice in the Middle East, Muslims for Social Justice, and the Undergraduate History Council. For more information, contact or

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Event: New Labor Forum Featuring Columbia Professors

Is This A Watershed Moment in U.S. Politics?

Brought to you by the New Labor Forum.

* Katrina vanden Heuvel Editor and Publisher, The Nation

* Bill Fletcher, Jr. Author, Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path toward Social Justice

* Mae Ngai Author, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America

* Juan Gonzalez Columnist, The New York Daily News

Special Posthumous Award Presentation by Roger Toussaint, President, TWU Local 100 to Marvin Franklin, painter, member TWU Local 100

Friday, March 14th -- 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. The Murphy Institute, CUNY 25 West 43rd Street - 18th Floor New York, NY 10036

Ticket Prices include an annual subscription to New Labor Forum.

For more information go to
or contact Jeannette Gabriel at or 212-827-0200.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Nation Journalism Internship

The Nation Institute Journalism Internship Program

For more than two decades The Nation Institute, in conjunction with The Nation magazine, has provided a practical and comprehensive intern program at their offices in New York City for college students and recent graduates interested in magazine journalism and publishing.

The Nation Institute is a nonprofit foundation that supports research, debates, educational programs and independent media with an emphasis on social justice and civil liberties. The Nation, America's oldest weekly magazine, is a journal of politics and culture that focuses primarily on foreign and domestic policy, civil liberties, literature and the arts.

To gain editorial experience interns check facts, conduct research and evaluate manuscripts. On the publishing side interns assist advertising, circulation and promotion staff with day-to-day business, and help create and carry out developmental and research projects for the magazine and the Institute. Intern duties also include filing, photocopying, running errands and other routine office work.

One intern in the New York City office works as the Web Intern. This position requires an interest and understanding of online media in addition to news judgment, fact-checking and copy-editing skills. The position also entails updating's Newsfeed, which requires a wide reading of news on the web and the ability to pick stories of high integrity and reader interest from a variety of blogs. Candidates interested in this internship should indicate that in their cover letter.

An additional position is available in The Nation's Washington, D.C. office. This intern works closely with the magazine's Washington editor, attending press conferences and Congressional hearings as well as conducting research and providing clerical assistance. Candidates interested in this position should clearly indicate this in their cover letter.

The Nation Institute separately offers an internship position for qualified Hispanic or Latino candidates. If interested, please see the description of the Spira Lopez Internship on this website.

Educational seminars are another important part of the program in New York. Authors, politicians, journalists and activists regularly come by our offices to provide insight on their work and world affairs. Recent guests have included Calvin Trillin, Joan Didion, Patricia Williams, Nation Institute Fellow Jonathan Schell, and United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Communications Shashi Tharoor. Nation and Nation Institute staff members also hold seminars on editorial and publishing skills.

The internship is full time, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., five days a week. There are nine intern positions during each session (eight in New York, including the Spira-Lopez intern and the Web Intern, and one in Washington).

Qualifications: Applicants must have completed their junior year of college. Each applicant will be evaluated on the basis of his or her resumé, recommendations and writing samples.

Credit and Compensation: Whenever possible, The Nation Institute will assist interns in arranging for academic or work-study credit. The internship provides a stipend of $150/week.

Application Procedure: Please send a cover letter describing your career goals and indicating your interest in The Nation and The Nation Institute. Include a resume, two letters of recommendation and two writing samples. Published clips are preferred, though academic papers and creative writing samples are acceptable (no longer than eight pages, please).

Please send the above material and address all inquires to:

Max Fraser
Internship Program Director
116 East 16th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10003

Deadlines and Duration of Program:

Spring 2008
Application deadline: November 16, 2007
Notification deadline: December 3, 2007
Program duration: January 8 - May 23, 2008

Summer 2008
Application deadline: March 1, 2008
Notification deadline: April 1, 2008
Program duration: June 10 - August 22, 2008

Fall 2008
Application deadline: June 16, 2008
Notification deadline: July 15, 2008
Program duration: September 9 - December 19, 2008

Reminder: Thesis Meeting Today

Prospective Thesis Writers' Meeting
Wednesday, March 5th, 7:00 PM
313 Fayerweather Hall

For juniors who are considering writing a senior thesis next year, this will be an opportunity to learn more about the process and go over the seminar application procedure. We will also distribute information about applying for the Robbins Fellowship, which provides funding for two students to support research on their thesis over the summer before their senior year.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Summer Internship: Council on Foreign Relations

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 East 68th Street

New York, NY 10065
Fax: (212) 434-9893

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, national membership organization and a nonpartisan center for scholars dedicated to producing and disseminating ideas so that individual and corporate members, as well as policymakers, journalists, students, and interested citizens in the United States and other countries, can better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other governments. The Council, which is headquartered in New York with an office in Washington, DC, does this by: convening meetings in New York, Washington, and in other select American cities where senior government officials, global leaders, and prominent thinkers come together with Council members to debate and discuss the major foreign policy issues of our time; conducting a wide-ranging Studies Program where Council fellows produce articles and books that analyze foreign policy issues and make concrete policy recommendations; publishing Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal covering international affairs and U.S. foreign policy; maintaining a diverse membership, including special programs to foster interest and expertise in the next generation of foreign policy leaders; sponsoring Independent Task Forces whose reports help set the public foreign policy agenda; and providing up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on the Council’s website,

The Council’s outreach initiative aims to engage an interested and influential group of Americans from around the country and the world by providing ideas and timely, clear, and accurate information on key international issues., America’s foremost Internet resource for foreign policy and national security analysis, is one of the primary tools for doing so.

The responsibilities of the intern include (but are not limited to):

  • Providing support in editing and production of pieces for the website, including coding and photo production

  • Assisting in quality control of website material

  • Maintenance of must read databases

  • Providing administrative support to staff, including correspondence, transcribing interviews, and research

  • Assisting with research for interactive multimedia projects

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Undergraduate or graduate student focusing on international relations and/or journalism

  2. Previous administrative, journalism, web site experience, and multimedia experience a plus

  1. Excellent editing and writing skills

  2. Strong organizational and communication skills

  1. Strong attention to detail

  2. Familiarity and facility with online research

  3. Must be a quick learner.

  4. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; HTML skills a plus

  1. Ability to work independently or on a team.

  2. Candidates should be prepared to work 40 hours a week

A modest stipend is offered upon completion of the internship.
Please email or fax a resume and cover letter INCLUDING POSITION NAME, DAYS AND TIMES AVAILABLE TO WORK to the Human Resources Office at the above address.

Harriman Institute Summer Internship

Program description: The Harriman Institute at Columbia University is continuing its undergraduate fellowship program, which is open to Barnard College, Columbia College, and General Studies students. This program is designed to provide research support on a competitive basis to juniors and seniors who have a serious interest in the post-Soviet and/or East-Central European regions. It is expected that students will use the fellowship to assist them in researching and writing their senior theses, or to complete an equivalent major research project.

Successful candidates may receive up to $2500 to offset their field research expenses in the region, with the expectation that the research will be conducted over the 2008 summer break. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend all Harriman Institute events for the 2008/9 academic year, and will be required to present the results of their own research at a public seminar hosted by the Harriman Institute in April of 2009.

Application procedure: Candidates must submit a 2- to 3-page research proposal, a budget of projected expenses, a résumé, an official transcript, and at least one confidential letter of recommendation (on official letterhead, with the recommender's signature across the seal of the envelope) from a faculty member who is familiar with the student's research plans. The complete application packet with all items enclosed must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28th, 2008, and should be addressed to:

Bradley Abrams
Associate Director, Harriman Institute
1230 International Affairs Bldg.
420 West 118th Street
, MC 3336
New York
, NY 10027

The packet can also be hand-delivered to the Institute, on the 12th floor of IAB. E-mailed applications will not be accepted.

The proposal should describe, in as much detail as possible, what question the student's research will attempt to answer, why the question is significant, why field research is necessary to answer the question, and how the student plans to go about performing the field research required. The evaluation criteria used by the committee will include: (1) the coherence and logic of the proposal itself; (2) the likelihood that the student will be able to perform the research successfully, given the student's skill-set and contacts; (3) the student's commitment to study of the region, as demonstrated by previous coursework or other experience; and (4) the student's academic achievement record.

History Associates Incorporated, a professional historical services firm located in Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, is seeking intelligent, energetic people to work as research historians and archivists. Quealified individuals will have an outstanding academic record (GPA 3.5 or above), research experience, superb writing skills, the ability to work both independently and as part of a team, and a genuine enthusiasm for the study and use of history. History majors and non-history majors who meet this criteria are encouraged to apply.

Interested applicants should send a letter, resume, transcripts, writing sample(s), and a list of references to:

Ms. Doris Miles, Personal Administrator
History Associates Incorporated
300 N. Stonestreet Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850

Rediscovering Jacob Riis: Book Launch and Discussion

Tuesday, March 4 at 6:30 PM

The Museum of the City of New York would like to invite Columbia's students, faculty, and staff in the History Department to a special discussion next Tuesday, March 4, at 6:30 p.m. with Bonnie Yochelson and Daniel Czitrom, authors of the recently released book Rediscovering Jacob Riis: Exposure Journalism and Photography in Turn-of-the-Century New York. Yochelson, a professor at the School of Visual Arts, and Czitrom, a professor at Mount Holyoke, have completed a work of highly original scholarship which redefines the character and motivations of this pioneering photojournalist.

Columbia students can purchase discounted admission tickets for $5 each by calling (212) 534-1672, ext. 3395, or by visiting

Jobs: New York City Teaching Fellows

New York City Teaching Fellows
Application Deadline March 17, 2008

The NYC Teaching Fellows program is a highly selective, innovative path to enter the classroom and make a difference in New York City's high-need schools. From over 115,000 applicants over the past seven years, NYC Teaching Fellows has provided New York City classrooms with over 13,000 highly qualified new teachers, making the Fellowship the largest alternate teacher certification program in the country, and one of the most selective.

We are seeking talented, motivated, and high-achieving individuals to join a select group of recent graduates and mid-career professionals from all majors and backgrounds who will teach in New York City public schools starting as early as Fall 2008 and work to boost student achievement one classroom at a time. While teaching, Fellows pursue a Master's degree in Education that is subsidized by the NYC Department of Education.

No previous education coursework or teaching experience is necessary.

Apply today right here.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Progressive Presidential Election Campaign

The November 2006 midterm election was an exciting step forward for progressives; but much work remains. The new Congress, on its own, will not resolve our nation's most pressing concerns. If we want to combat global warming, increase access to higher education, provide healthcare for all Americans, end corruption in Washington, and redeploy our troops, we must expand our majorities in Congress and take back the White House.

I will be on campus interviewing interested graduating seniors on March 6th, 7th , and 8th. If you are interested in these career opportunities you can get more information and/or set up an interview at the Non-profit/Public Service Career Fair (Feb. 7th, 11am - 4pm, Alfred Lerner Hall). You can also send a cover letter and resume to:

NAME: Sam McKelvie
PHONE #: 217-430-4901

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on DuBois's Black Reconstruction

THE CIVIL War and the Reconstruction period that followed represent one of the most heroic moments in modern history. The American South remained one of the last vestiges of Western slavery in 1860, yet within the span of a decade its slaves would be freed and obtain not only the right to vote, but would hold political office. The Civil War resulted in a pitched battle to determine the future course of American politics and society, a battle that continues to reverberate today. W.E.B. Du Bois's Black Reconstruction in America is an epic retelling of that history. The much discussed but little read classic looks at the post-Civil War transformation (and subsequent counterrevolution) in the South. The book is referenced often by "whiteness" theorists as one of their key texts, but as Taylor reveals, the framework used in Black Reconstruction to understand the racial divide in the U.S. does not really support their views.

Come to a discussion of the article on Friday, Feb. 29, 7 PM on the 5th Floor of Hamilton Hall at Columbia University, Room will be posted.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's article on Black Reconstruction.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Reminder: History Department Open House

For prospective history majors, and anyone else who wants refreshments. Tomorrow evening, Tuesday the 26th, at 7 PM in 301 Fayerweather Hall. Stop by, hear Prof. Alice Kessler-Harris speak, and grab some food.

Job Opportunity: US History Research Assistant

Columbia PhD alum seeks part-time paid research assistant for work in 18th/19th century US history. Work will involve using online and Columbia sources. Flexible hours and deadlines; if mutually agreeable, more intense work over the summer, including in New York City archives, may be available. Contact Rit at if interested.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Summer Study Abroad: Italian History

NYU Summer in Southern Italy and Sicily
Application Deadline: March 15, 2008

Study the historical routes and cultural roots that contribute to the political culture of the Mediterranean world; Participate in a theatre workshop on Commedia dell' Arte; Contribute to an interactive immigration workshop at the University of Catania; learn Pizzica, the traditional ritual dance of the Salento region; A unique combination of lectures, site visits, and presentations by scholars, journalists, filmmakers and artists of the region; Highlights of excursions: Mount Etna, Adriatic Grottos, Taormina, Greek theater at Syracuse, The Pilgrim's route in the Salentine Countryside.

For Information Contact:
Professor Mahnaz Yousefzadeh,

Turkey, Islam and Europe

Presented by The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University

Islam in Europe
Prof. Meyda Yegenoglu, Middle East Technical University
This paper examines how the presence of Muslim immigrants in Europe, especially after September 11, exacerbates deep-seated Orientalist anxieties. This Orientalist unease with Islam goes hand in hand with the interest in bringing to fore so-called distinctive European characteristics, thereby distinguishing the Europeanness of Europe. I trace how Islam is expelled from what is deemed to be the proper identity of Europe by focusing on the discourse of "cultural difference."

The Nation Form: The Case of Turkish Nationalism
Prof. Mahmut Mutman, Bilkent University
Going through recent theories of nationalism with an emphasis on the concepts of mimesis, subject and identification, this paper examines Turkish nation-building and nationalism.

Tuesday, 26 February
4:00 pm
Heyman Center Common Room
Columbia University

For directions to the Heyman Center, please visit

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Internship Opportunity: Corwin "Witch" House

The Corwin House in Salem, MA, popularly known as the Witch House, is the home of witch trials judge Jonathan Corwin. The Corwin House is Salem's only remaining structure with direct ties to the witch trials of 1692.

The Witch House accepts interns for summer, fall, winter, and spring internships. Interns report to the Director, and assist in a variety of aspects involved in the running of a small historic house museum. Areas of focus include education, collections management, facilities management, publicity and marketing, and gift shop management. Specific projects may include, for example, developing and running educational programs for families, schools, and adult learners; working on visitor accessibility; or researching specific areas of the house's collection.
Interns may also be assigned tasks in the production of "Eerie Evenings," a seasonal theater festival that takes place over six nights in October. While the house is open to the general public from May through early November, interns will also deliver 1-2 tours of the historic house a day and provide breaks for visitor services staff.

Internship start dates, hours, and duration are flexible. Both full and part time internships are available. A limited number of stipends are available for full time interns. Preference may be given to those with some weekend availability.

Qualifications: Qualified candidates will either have completed a BA or currently be enrolled in a BA-granting program. Interests in American history, art history, architectural history, and/or theater are helpful. All majors will be considered.


Elizabeth Seater, Director
The Witch House
PO Box 465
Salem, MA 01970


Friday, February 15, 2008

Essay Contest on the New Deal

Sponsored by The Roosevelt Institution and The Nation

The Roosevelt Institution is asking students what relevance FDR and the New Deal have for the 21st Century. The winning essay, or excerpts, will be published in The Nation and the author will be awarded $500. The top five submissions will be published at StudentNation. To take part, click here. The deadline is March 2.

Event: The Langauge of Race in America

You are invited to attend a Kraft Program on the Language of Race in America on February 20 at 5:30 p.m. The panel discussion, moderated by President Lee C. Bollinger, will explore what is not being said in today's society about race and the future of diversity. The program is
sponsored by The Kraft Family Fund for Interfaith and Intercultural Awareness.

Panelists include:
Kimberle Crenshaw, Professor of Law, Columbia University and UCLA
Ira I. Katznelson, Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History, Columbia University
Robert G. O'Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Sandhya R. Shukla, Conrad Lung Associate Professor of Asian-American Studies, Columbia University

Wednesday, February 20, 2008
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Rotunda, Low Memorial Library
Columbia University in the City of New York


To register and for more information, please visit

New York Historical Society: Special exhibition preview for Grant and Lee

Join us for a special exhibition preview
Grant and Lee
Wednesday, March 19
2pm to 3:30pm
Presentation by Co-Curators Richard Rabinowitz, American History Workshop and Kathleen Hulser, N-YHS Public Historian

Free of charge -- you must be pre-registered

****Please RSVP by Monday, March 17****
Kathleen O'Connor:

- You'll learn about the content and scope of our upcoming exhibition on Generals Grant and Lee
- You'll hear the curators talk about the genesis and evolution of the exhibition
- You'll be able to ask questions at the end of the presentation

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Internship Opportunity: Institute of Religion, Culture, and Public Life

The newly established Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life is developing a broad range of programs to promote a better understanding of the complexities and problems involving religion in contemporary society (a brief statement of the Institute's mission is below).

Recently, the Institute has announced opportunities for juniors interested in conducting research projects with faculty in the broader areas of the role of religion and culture in public life. The Institute is soliciting applications for Summer ResearchvAssistantships from juniors interested in conducting research projects with faculty who could possibly direct the writing of the students'
senior thesis. Successful proposals will entail a summer research grant of $ 5,000 to allow students to conduct research on their proposal during the summer of 2008.

The Institute is also soliciting applications for positions as research assistants for the academic year 2008-2009 to faculty involved in the Institute's projects.

Four students will be selected to assist faculty members with research relevant to their project as well as with some logistical arrangements related to running the Institute related lectures and
seminars. Preference will be given to students who are writing senior essays with faculty members who agree to serve as advisors for these projects.

A student could apply for both the Summer Research Assistantship and the regular Research Assistantship. Ideally, research projects will advance both students' senior thesis and the research interests of the faculty and the Institute.

**Students planning to apply should contact the faculty
coordinator, Karen Barkey,, who will describe the
various research projects and provide the student with an initial
application form. The application deadline is March 14.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Two Upcoming History Major Events

1. Spring Open House for Prospective Majors and Concentrators
Tuesday, February 26th, 7:00 PM
301 Fayerweather Hall

Professor Alice Kessler-Harris will speak on briefly on identity politics, history, and the 2008 election. Faculty members of the Undergraduate Education Committee, as well as students elected to the Undergraduate History Council, will be there to answer questions about the department. Refreshments will be served; current majors and concentrators are encouraged to attend! We would love to see you there.

2. Prospective Thesis Writers Meeting
Wednesday, March 5th, 7:00 PM
313 Fayerweather Hall

For juniors who are considering writing a senior thesis next year, this will be an opportunity to learn more about the process and go over the seminar application procedure. We will also distribute information about applying for the Robbins Fellowship, which provides funding for two students to support research on their thesis over the summer before their senior year.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Internship Opportunity: NYHS

The New York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society is offering full-time summer internships in both our museum and library divisions. Interns who are selected to participate in this rewarding yet demanding experience will be awarded a $2000 stipend. Internships can also be done for course credit depending on school requirements. Participants are required to work 40 hours a week. Besides working with a specific department, the 40 hours includes weekly lunchtime meetings in which interns will hear lectures from various N-YHS employees and participating in outings to other cultural institutions in the NYC area. The 2008 Summer Internship Program will run for eight weeks beginning June 16th. Those interested in applying are encouraged to visit the New-York Historical Society and/or our website to get a sense of our mission and collections.

Applicants must be students in either college or graduate school. Please see individual descriptions for department specific requirements.

Applications are due by Monday, March 3, 2008. To apply:
Send a cover letter indicating how you found out about the internship program and which position/department you are interested in working with, a resume, a 5-10 page writing sample of a research paper, and 2 letters of recommendation. Please note that it is important to read the individual job descriptions as some departments require other materials in lieu of the research paper.

Application materials should be e-mailed with
"2008 Summer Internship Application"
in the subject to

Letters of Recommendation should be emailed separately by recommenders with "Recommendation for: Applicant’s Name" in the subject
The N-YHS also offers part-time internships during the fall and spring semesters for either a $500 stipend or course credit depending on your school’s requirements. Please visit our website periodically for updated information on all internships

Internship Opportunity: Library of Congress

Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program

Internship Opportunity: Schomburg Center

Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute

June 16-July 25, 2008

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have created the Mellon-Schomburg Humanities Summer Institute to encourage minority students and others with an interest in African-American and African Diasporan Studies to pursue graduate degrees in the humanities. The program, open to U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents, offers a six-week session for ten rising seniors (juniors in 2008, graduating in 2009). Five will be selected from New York City and five from Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation. The Institute, with the help of renowned scholars, will develop and nurture the students’ interest in the appropriate disciplines, and provide them with the requisite basic intellectual challenges and orientations needed to pursue humanities careers and to reach their full potential.

Program Details

  • Seminars by distinguished scholars in a humanities field
  • Independent research and group interaction
  • Assigned readings from scholarly texts
  • Viewings and discussions of relevant documentaries under the guidance of two graduate mentors
  • Development of a research prospectus

Each participant will receive a $2,000 stipend* for the six-week session. In addition, the program will cover the travel expenses of students from out of state and all students –including those residing in New York City—will be lodged, free of charge, in the vicinity of the Schomburg Center. Two graduate students will serve as on-site residence counselors.

* Students who are enrolled in the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program are not eligible for the stipend. They are eligible for transportation and housing.


The theme of the Institute is Africana Age. Focusing on the 20th century, it will offer students opportunities to explore areas such as the dominant political, economic and cultural events of the period; achievements in social and artistic realms that challenged the myth of white supremacy; efforts to forge political and cultural relationships among African peoples across geographical boundaries; and commonalities and differences in the material condition of African peoples across time and geography.

The Africana Age theme is organized chronologically into six primary sections that will be covered by scholars in the following disciplines: history, English and comparative literature, drama and film, art history, dance, political science, and ethnomusicology.


The Schomburg-Mellon Institute accepts nominations of potential participants, with a GPA of 3.0 or above, from educators and professors. The nominee must complete an application, including a written statement.
Participants will be selected based on their compatibility and willingness to take full advantage of this unique educational partnership.

Application deadline
Deadline for all applications is March 10, 2008
Click here for application packet

For more information:


Write: Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037

Internship Opportunity: Gilder Lehrman

The Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program, inaugurated in 2003, is a competitive summer scholarship program in American history for outstanding college sophomores and juniors. The program, based in New York City, has been designed to both reward undergraduates who have demonstrated superb research and writing skills in the field of American history and to provide an opportunity for the next generation of historians to engage in discussions with eminent scholars and in primary-source research. The Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program has two components:
  • 15 History Scholarships that include a five-week scholarly research program
  • Up to 50 awards for runners-up, who will be named Finalists and invited to a one-week program.
History Scholars receive a stipend of $2,200, along with room, board, and travel expenses for a five-week program in New York City. Scholars conduct primary-source research to prepare historical materials for publication. The projects provide the students with an opportunity to work with original documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and other archives. The students also have exclusive meetings with eminent historians to discuss historical issues and gain insight into history as a profession (past sessions have been led by Eric Foner, Kenneth T. Jackson, James McPherson, Sean Wilentz, Christine Stansell, Steven Hahn, Steven Mintz, Ron Chernow, and Catherine Clinton, among others). A third component of the program is weekly behind-the-scenes visits, led by archivists, to leading repositories of American historical documents, printed books, and material culture.

Click here to view information about the program for members of the press.
Click here for a printable (PDF) version of the History Scholars brochure.

Applications are due March 3.

To apply, register online and complete the application material available here.

Internship Opportunity: Maxine Fischer

We have the honor of chairing a committee for the Women's Department of United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ that will award a $3000 scholarship in memory of Maxine Fischer, a past vice-president. Maxine was very interested in Jewish education for women and her family and Women's Department have chosen to honor her memory with a project to perpetuate this value.

A scholarship award will be made to a young woman who is presently at least a junior in college and who has a declared major of Jewish Studies and/or Women's Studies. She will be a full-time student, either undergraduate or graduate, attending a fully accredited college or university. The successful candidate will either be from the MetroWest community or will be studying in the area.

We are asking that you distribute the attached application and press release to your students and on your school/department Web site and Listserv. In addition, if you know of any young women from your school who may be a candidate for the award, please have her contact Rebecca Missel at (973) 929-3061 or for an application.

The application deadline is only a few weeks away on February 22, 2008, so please encourage any young alumnae from your congregations to apply now. The award will be announced at the Women's Department Annual Meeting on June 12, 2008.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Internship Opportunity: Museum of Jewish Heritage

Lipper Internship Program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust

An outstanding internship opportunity for college students in the Northeast. The program is designed for college and graduate students from a variety of fields and backgrounds. The ideal candidate will have a desire to learn and educate, an appreciation for museums, and an ability to work well with others.

Interns in the program participate in a ten-day training course in New York City conducted by Museum staff. Following this training, Interns return to their college campuses to work with middle and high school students in their university communities. During the semester each Intern conducts classroom visits to teach the chronology of the Holocaust, leads the classes through tours of the Museum, and then returns to the classes for post-visit sessions to reinforce and expand upon what the students have learned.

The application deadline for the Fall 2008 semester is April 1, 2008. Please find attached more information on the program and an application. Interested students may contact Mira Abramsohn, Museum Educator for Internships, at (646) 437 – 4303, or go to for more information.