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Jasper Johns, "Map" (1961)


The DDC Oral History Project tells the story of the founding and evolution of the Double Discovery Centeran education and youth development program based at Columbia University in New York City. The project was organized and implemented by participants in the Center's Freedom and Citizenship partnership program with DDC. The Program introduces high school students to college-level work, places their experiences as twenty first-century New Yorkers in a historical conversation that dates back to the ancient world, and prepares them for lives as active, responsible citizens. Visit the Teagle Dreamers website.

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"America's Prisons: Cruel and Unusual Punishment?"
October 14, 2014

A discussion with
Robert Ferguson, Professor, Columbia Law School and author of Inferno:An Anatomy of American Punishment
Cathleen Price, Equal Justice Initiative
Benjamin Rosenberg, Office of the NY County District Attorney

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"Where is American Literature?"
November 8, 2013

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"Conscience Tolerable and Intolerable"
October 24, 2013

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"Beard at 100"
October 14, 2013

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Watch the video of the "America's Prisons: Cruel and Unusual Punishment?" event that the Center for American Studies hosted in Columbia's Butler Library on October 14

New York Times profiles the Freedom and Citizenship Program

Professor Rachel Adams publishes Raising Henry, A Memoir of Motherhood, Disability, & Discovery.

The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution
Casey N. Blake, Acting Director of American Studies, is also Senior Historian for "The Armory Show at 100" at the New-York Historical Society. The exhibition runs from October 11, 2013 to February 23, 2014. Admission to the NYHS is free with a Columbia student ID.

Michael Schapira of Full Stop interviews Professor Casey Blake about Paul Goodman. Read the interview here.

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The Center for American Studies offers students the opportunity to explore the experience and values of the people of the United States as embodied in their history, literature, politics, art, and other enduring forms of cultural expression. American Studies takes advantage of our location in New York by involving students with the life of the city, working with community service organizations such as the Double Discovery Center, and by inviting leading figures on the New York political and cultural scene to participate in colloquia, public conferences, and in the classroom. The Center seeks to prepare students to confront with historical awareness the pressing problems that face our society.

American Studies offers an interdisciplinary, seminar-based curriculum designed to be open and flexible while preparing students for a life of responsible citizenship.  Each major and concentrator works closely with an advisor through graduation.  If you want the experience of crafting your own course of study, as well as the personal attention that comes from a small program, you should consider American Studies.


Andrew Delbanco
Director, Center for American Studies


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