The event, "MARCH" A Graphic Novel Trilogy, Selma 1965 and Its Legacy with Congressman John Lewis will take place on December 8, 2015 at 12noon in the Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave. at 118th Street

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Michael Pollan at Columbia
From the Garden Onto the Plate:
One Writer's Path

Michael Pollan is the award-winning author of current bestseller In Defense of Food: an Eater’s Manifesto and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.

He has been called a "post-wilderness nature writer" for his articles and books about the messy places where the natural and human worlds intersect - places like the garden, buildings, domesticated plants and agriculture. In his talk, he will trace the path of his writing from his graduate school encounters (here at Columbia) with Thoreau and Emerson through his work on the ecology and politics of eating.

Sponsored by the American Studies Program at Columbia University.

Monday, March 23, 2009
6:00 p.m.

Low Rotunda
Columbia University

116 Street & Broadway, New York City

Saturday, November 22, 2008
Leading Historians to Discuss and Debate the Legacy of Abraham Lincoln

Watch the symposium online! A video of Lincoln in His Time and Ours is available online so you can relive the morning, afternoon, and evening of the day.
You must have RealPlayer to view the webcast. To download RealPlayer, click here.

Lincoln in His Time and Ours
A Public Symposium

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Studies Program and History Department of Columbia University have joined together to observe the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth in 1809 and to mark the publication of Our Lincoln: New Perspectives on Lincoln and His World, edited by Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University (W.W. Norton & Company).

Participants include:
• David W. Blight, Yale University
• Christopher Leslie Brown, Columbia University
• Richard Carwardine, University of Oxford
• Catherine Clinton, Queen’s University Belfast
• Andrew Delbanco, Columbia University
• Eric Foner, Columbia University
• Harold Holzer, Co-chair, U.S. Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission
• James McPherson, Princeton University
• Mark Neely, Pennsylvania State University
• James Oakes, City University of New York
• Manisha Sinha, University of Massachusetts
• Sean Wilentz, Princeton University

Topics will range from “Lincoln, Emancipation, and the Rights of Black Americans” to “Lincoln’s Religion” and “Abraham Lincoln, Commander in Chief.”

Saturday, November 22, 2008
10am – 5:30pm

Low Rotunda, Columbia University

116 Street & Broadway

There is no charge for the symposium, but seats are limited. To reserve a place, please e-mail or call 646-366-9666.


Thursday, October 30, 2008

C. Wright Mills and the Politics of Truth
A panel discussion with John H. Summers, Todd Gitlin, and Casey Nelson Blake

John H. Summers is the author of Every Fury on Earth and a Visiting Scholar at the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College.
Todd Gitlin is a professor of journalism and sociology and chair of the Ph. D. program in Communications at Columbia University. He lectures frequently on culture and politics in the United States and abroad and is the author of twelve books.
Casey Nelson Blake, professor, specializes in modern U.S. intellectual and cultural history and American studies, with an emphasis on topics at the intersection of modernist art and politics in the twentieth century.  He is also  a faculty member in the American Studies program.

The first collection of his writings to be published since 1963, The Politics of Truth contains 23 out-of-print and hard-to-find writings which show his growth from academic sociologist to an intellectual maestro in command of a mature style, a dissenter who sought to inspire the public to oppose the drift toward permanent war. Given the political deceptions of recent years, Mills's truth-telling is more relevant than ever.

Thursday, October 30, 2008
7 p.m.
Morningside Bookshop (2915 Broadway at W. 114th Street

Sponsored by the American Studies Program at Columbia University and Oxford University Press.

April 25, 2008

BLOGGING: Good or Bad for Literary Culture

A debate and discussion with

Sven Birkerts, writer and critic, director, Bennington College writing seminars
Jenny Davidson, blogger, novelist, professor, Columbia University

4 p.m.
516 Hamilton Hall

Sponsored by the American Studies Program in collaboration with the Department of English

Click here to view the flier online.

April 11, 2008

Philip Roth

Panel Discussion with Jonathan Lethem, Nathan Englander, Hermione Lee, and other prominent writers


4–6 p.m., Miller Theatre

Co-sponsored by The Library of America in collaboration with The National Book Foundation.

Read the Columbia News article "At 75, Roth Has No Complaints" here.

February 21, 2008

Antonio Skármeta

Guest Lecturer, Hispanic New York Seminar
(Adobe Acrobat required)


4 p.m., Satow Room, Lerner Hall

February 26, 2008

American Studies

Students considering a major in American Studies can meet faculty, staff, and students.


6-7 p.m., outside Room 418, Hamilton Hall

November 16, Friday
The American Studies Program presents:

A panel discussion on

Why  Diversity?

Lani Guinier
Adolph Reed
Kendall Thomas
Walter Benn Michaels

4 pm  in  Rm 106 Jerome Greene Hall
Columbia Law School

Reception to follow

Join us
for an


  Four of the most
thoughtful, controversial,
and important voices
in the ongoing debate
over affirmative action,
race, and class

in a discussion of

The Meaning of Diversity
in the University

November 14, Wednesday

Spanish-Language Literary Voices and the United States

a distinguished panel of Latin American writers discussing contemporary Spanish-language literature and the significance of the U.S. in the global Hispanic cultural network

Jorge Franco (Colombia)
Pablo De Santis (Argentina)
Roberto Ampuero (Chile)
María Negroni (Argentina)

7-9 pm  in the World Room
Columbia School of Journalism

NOTE: please check ,
where you can also find a link to videos on YouTube showing the entire event,
as well as some photographs.

October 12, Friday

The Hispanic New York Project of the American Studies Program presents:

A conversation with


"Literatura y Exilio: Islas Canarias,
Nueva York y América Latina"

-8 pm  in  301 Philosophy Hall  

[in Spanish]

JORGE EDUARDO BENAVIDES, author of the novels Los años inútiles (2002) and El año que rompí contigo (2003) and the short story collection La noche de Morgana (2005), was born in Arequipa, Perú. He has been based in Spain since 1991 (Tenerife 1991-2002, Madrid 2002), where he has worked as a journalist and a writers workshop teacher.

September 27, Thursday

Sara Blair

Harlem Crossroads:
Black Writers and the Photograph in the Twentieth Century

Co-sponsored by the American Studies Program & the Department of English

SARA BLAIR teaches in the English Department and the Program in American Culture at the University of Michigan. Her work focuses on intersections between literary and visual cultures, with special emphasis on race and visuality and on the social histories that have informed them. In addition to a wide range of essays and articles, Blair is the author of Henry James and the Writing of Race and Nation (Cambridge, 2006) and of the just-released Harlem Crossroads: Black Writers and the Photograph in the Twentieth Century (Princeton). That work, from which her talk will be drawn, argues for the shared histories of literature and the photograph in the US, and for the importance of Harlem as a generative site for their mutual mediation. Drawing on extensive archival evidence of the photographic production and engagements of such figures as Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry, Blair's work educes the centrality of black writers to cultural experimentation of the twentieth century. FLIER

— SPRING 2007

March 21, 2007  

Gish Jen

author of Typical American, Mona in the Promised Land, and The Love Wife


6 pm  in the Graduate Lounge, 301 Philosophy Hall

April 9, 2007  

Art Spiegelman

author of Maus

"On the Art of Comics"

7 pm  at  Low Plaza

April 26, 2007  

James Fisher

"Popular Front or Spiritual Front?
Communists v. Jesuits on the Waterfront, 1945-1954"

April 13, 2007  

An American Studies Program conference on
The Future of Undergraduate Education

A Conference on College: Who Goes? Who Pays? and What Should Students Learn?

Full Conference Schedule

— FALL 2006

December 7, 2006  

A conversation with
Francisco Goldman, author of The Divine Husband

"Rewriting the Narrative of the Americas"

December 2006  

in collaboration with the Film Society of Lincoln Center

According to the last Census, approximately 2.16 million people who define themselves as Hispanics live in New York City—almost one third of its total population. Of all the major urban conglomerates in the United States, New York displays the widest spectrum of immigrants from all over Latin America and the Caribbean. Through the vision of four directors from very different personal and professional backgrounds, this series attempts to cast a revealing light into the rich complexity of Hispanic New York.

December 5: "Real Women Have Curves"

(2002, 90m)
Directed by Patricia Cardoso
This film, winner of the Audience Award at Sundance Festival, portrays the coming-of-age experiences of Ana, a strong-willed first generation Mexican-American from East Los Angeles. Ana obtains a full scholarship to Columbia University, but her mother wants her to stay working at her sister’s factory, a sweatshop that makes small-size formal gowns for Bloomingdale’s. Spirited discussions about exploitative labor conditions and body types lead to a painful but inevitable awakening. (from New Directors/New Films Catalog).
Screening at: Instituto Cervantes, 211 East 49th Street.
Time: 6 p.m. (NO Q & A)

December 6: "Brincando El Charco: Portrait of a Puerto Rican"
(1994, 55m)
Directed by Frances Negrón-Muntaner
Co-sponsored by the Columbia University Department of English and Comparative Literature,
Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity Initiatives.
In a wonderful mix of fiction, archival footage, and soap-opera drama, this film tells the story of Claudia Marin, a middle-class light-skinned Puerto Rican photographer and videographer who tries to make sense of her new experiences in the United States and to find a meaningful community. Analyzing the notion of identity through the prism of a life divided between two islands, BRINCANDO EL CHARCO is a forceful meditation on class, race and sexuality (from Women Make Movies catalog).
Screening at: Room 517, Hamilton Hall, Columbia University, 116th Street and Broadway.
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Frances Negrón-Muntaner.
Host and Q & A Moderator: Richard Peña, Columbia University School of the Arts and Program Director of The New York Film Festival, The Film Society of Lincoln Center.

December 13: "Cuban Roots / Bronx Stories"
(2000, 57m)
Directed by Pam Sporn
(Original Musical Score by Oscar Hernández)
This film reconstructs the story of a black Cuban family who came to the United States shortly after the Bay of Pigs doomed invasion, in the early 1960s. When his father returns to Cuba for the first time in more than thirty years, Pablo decides to explore his Afro-Latino identity. Through layers of archival material, verité footage and the narrator’s own memories, CUBAN ROOTS/BRONX STORIES weaves a complex narrative of personal and historical events that challenges several racial and ethnic stereotypes.
Screening at: Instituto Cervantes, 211 East 49th Street.
Guest Speaker: Pam Sporn.
Time: 6 p.m.
Host and Q&A Moderator: Claudio Iván Remeseira, The Hispanic New York Seminar of the American Studies Program, Columbia University.

December 20: "The Suitor"

(2001, 55m)
Directed and Written by Julia Solomonoff
Based on a story by Julia Alvarez
Yolanda Garcia’s American boyfriend tags along when she visits her childhood hometown in the Dominican Republic. He is fascinated by her stories of eccentric aunts and sexy cousins, and anticipates a festive week of eating and drinking, endless dancing, and topless beaches. But one of Yolanda’s relatives is running for President—the timing couldn’t be worse to introduce her live-in gringo lover to her traditional Dominican family. Their relationship, which made perfect sense in New York, turns upside down in the unforgiving heat of the Caribbean.
Screening at: Instituto Cervantes, 211 East 49th Street.
Time: 6 p.m.
Guest Speaker: Rosa Arredondo, main actor of The Suitor.
Host and Q&A Moderator: Claudio Iván Remeseira, The Hispanic New York Seminar of the American Studies Program, Columbia University. This series has been co-programmed by Marcela Goglio and Claudio Iván Remeseira.


November 2, 2006  

Antonio Muņoz Molina

"Spanish Culture in New York: A Quixotic Endeavor?"

Antonio Muņoz Molina, (Úbeda, Spain, 1956) is one of Spain’s most important contemporary writers, and, since 1995, a full member of the Royal Spanish Academy. From 2004 to 2006, he was also the director of the New York City’s branch of the Instituto Cervantes. He studied art history at the University of Granada, and journalism in Madrid. His first book, El Robinsón urbano, a collection of his journalistic work, was published in 1984. Since then, his columns have regularly appeared in mass-circulation dailies such as El País (Spain) and Die Welt (Germany). In 1987, he was awarded Spain's National Narrative Prize for El invierno en Lisboa (Winter in Lisbon), a homage to film noir and jazz. His novel El jinete polaco received the Planeta Prize in 1991 and, again, the National Narrative Prize, in 1992. Antonio Muñoz Molina is also the author of Beatus ille (1986), Beltenebros (1989), Los misterios de Madrid (1992), El dueño del secreto (1994), Ventanas de Manhattan (2005) and El viento de la luna (2006), among other books. Margaret Sayers Peden’s English version of his novel Sepharad won the 2004 PEN/ Book-of-the-Month Club Translation prize.

October 26, 2006  

Eric Sundquist

"Mr. Styron's Planet: Americanizing the Holocaust"

Eric Sundquist, UCLA Foundation Professor of Literature, is one of the nation's preeminent scholars of American literature and culture. Since 1979 he has edited or authored a dozen books, including most recently To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature (1993), winner of the Christian Gauss Award for most distinguished work in the Humanities, and Strangers in the Land: Blacks, Jews, Post-Holocaust America (2005). Professor Sundquist has taught at Johns Hopkins, UC Berkeley, Vanderbilt and Northwestern, where from 1997 through 2002 he served as Dean of Arts and Sciences. He is currently working on a book in the Yale University Press American Icon Series about Martin Luther King's 1963 "I Have a Dream Speech." Professor Sundquist will speak about William Styron, whose controversial novels on race (The Confessions of Nat Turner) and the Holocaust (Sophie's Choice) raise crucial questions about the representation of blacks and Jews.

— SPRING 2006

April 6, 2006  

George Shulman

"Race, Prophecy, and Toni Morrison"

George Shulman teaches political theory and American Studies at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. His second book, Race and Redemption: Prophecy in American Political Culture, is forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in 2007.

March 24, 2006  

Christopher Looby

"Literary Sexuality and Charles Brockden Brown’s ' thing of mere sex' "

Christopher Looby is Professor of English at the University of California, Los Angeles and author of Voicing America: Language, Literary Form, and the Origins of the United States

February 10, 2006  


A Conference on Faith and Progressive Politics in America

Details, including video excerpts

— FALL 2005
November 18, 2005  

Shelley Fisher Fishkin

Professor of English and Director of American Studies, Stanford University; Director of the International Initiative of the American Studies Association; and Past President of the American Studies Association

"Asian Crossroads: The Transnational Turn in American Studies"

4-6 pm in 754 Schermerhorn Extension

Reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public.
Co-Sponsored by the Dept. of English, the Center for the Study of Women and Gender, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity Initiatives

September 30, 2005  

"Whitman's Manhatta: A Walking Tour"

Step back in time to the streets of Whitman's New York in this walk through Manhattan's Civic Center and old Newspaper Row, across the Brooklyn Bridge and down to the Fulton Ferry landing. Learn the histories of enduring structures such as St. Paul's and the Croton Fountain, as well as parts of old New York that survive only in memory (like Barnum's American Museum and Fowler and Wells' Phrenological Cabinet). Reading "Crossing Brooklyn Ferry" as we take in the magnificent view of New York Harbor that inspired Whitman 150 years ago, we end in Brooklyn, with pizza at Grimaldi's, a delicious indulgence that certainly would have been approved of by the 'poet of appetites'!

A tour led by Dr. Karen Karbiener, who received her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University and teaches at New York Unviersity. The poet Walt Whitman is her critical focus; her edition of Leaves of Grass was published by Barnes and Noble in 2005, as was her 14-lecture series for Recorded Books entitled "Whitman and the Beginnings of Modern American Poetry." Dr. Karbiener is curator of "Whitman and the Promise of America, 1855-2005," which opened July 2005 at the South Street Seaport Museum.

— FALL 2004

October 14, 2004

Arnold Rampersad

"Ralph Waldo Ellison, New England, and Black American Culture"

523 Butler Library at 4:00 pm

Inaugural lecture in the Heimert Colloquium Series

October 8, 2004

Phillip Lopate

"The Enigma of Waterfront Development"

Wood Auditorium Avery Hall at 12:30-2 pm

Sponsored by the American Studies Program and the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture