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:

CHARLES A. BEARD PRIZE: Briana Dema
(2003) Established by the History Department for a senior thesis of superior distinction in any historical field and period.

CHANLER HISTORICAL PRIZE: Jason Resnikoff
(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.

GARRETT MATTINGLY PRIZE: Jason Resnikoff
(2003) Established by the History Department for a senior thesis of superior distinction in any historical field and period.

ALBERT MARION ELSBERG PRIZE: Julia Robinson
(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.

LILY PRIZE IN HISTORY: Julia Robinson
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.