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.