New York Times profiles Freedom and Citizenship program
Rachel Adams publishes new book
Hilary Hallett publishes new book
Andrew Delbanco awarded National Humanities Medal
Rachel Adams pioneers disability studies
John McWhorter interview on NPR
2011 International Latino Award for Best Reference Book in English
Rachel Adams receives Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award
Faculty & DDC students on the Teagle Program
Claudio Remeseira on immigration
Joseph Greenaway confirmed in the U.S. Court of Appeals
Professor Steven Fraser in the New York Times
C-Span covers American Studies events Lincoln in His Time and Ours and A Tribute to Philip Roth on His 75th Birthday
Op-ed columnist Frank Bruni at The New York Times recently profiled the Freedom and Citizenship program. Read the article here.
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Michael Schapira of Full Stop interviews Professor Casey Blake about Paul Goodman. Read the interview here.
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Max Forman '07 is currently enrolled in Columbia's PhD program in Communications, having received an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from NYU in 2012. His Masters thesis at NYU, "How to Become the Mayor of Everything: Experiencing Body and Space in the Digital Age," won the department's Outstanding Thesis award.
I interned for six months at a New York conflict-mediation non-profit called Seeds of Peace, and I am now enrolled in law school at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, and I am pursuing a public interest (non-profit) legal internship this summer in New York. Law school is keeping me busy so I don't have much else to report, but I am loving law school and I feel like my American Studies major helped me develop some of the skills I use to parse legal text.
Since graduating, I've been a Teach for America corps member in Los Angeles. I teach high school special education for 9th, 10th and 11th graders at a start-up charter school. Even though it is exhausting, I love my students and my school. My TFA commitment is ending this year, and I may be teaching American history and 11th grade English-- I already know which texts I'd teach, thanks to the American Studies departments. Though I'm not sure what exactly I'd like to do long-term, I definitely want to stay in the field of education and education reform. I'm planning to attend graduate school for education policy within the next 2 years, and ultimately want to pursue school leadership/administration. American studies has taught me to think critically about the roles that history and culture play in our society today, and I am so grateful for the experience.
"...I moved to DC and began the Master's program in Conflict Resolution at Georgetown. I love it and have already begun developing a couple of projects focusing on media representations of conflict and peace processes, and the influence of media on international policy and intervention. In addition to my academic and creative pursuits, I'm working at the Institute for Women's Policy Research."
"I teach at Coleman Academy, an alternative middle school in Indianapolis. I am a 'Title 1' reading teacher, which means I instruct students who are significantly behind in reading skills (at least two grade levels, for some as many as four years behind). As it is an alternative school, I work with students who have either been sent here for behavior issues or are part of 'speed' programs (ones seeking to propel students who have fallen behind some years in school). In addition to teaching, as part of TFA I'm also taking classes towards a master's in Secondary Education at Marian University."
"Just a few weeks after graduation I was offered the opportunity to join Paul Croitoroo GS'79 and his team at JPMorgan. I saw the offer as a remarkable opportunity to immerse myself in the financial services industry, in a function that fits with my personal attributes and background. The business we are in demands analytical rigor and attention to detail, and I have found that the critical thinking skills I honed in the American Studies department have served me well in meeting these expectations. I'm proof that the American Studies degree is an asset in a variety of fields."
"As of August 2009, I started working full time at Young & Rubicam, a highly respected advertising agency with an enormous worldwide network! I am an Assistant Account Executive on Pace salsa, Prego pasta sauce, and Swanson chicken - all brands under the Campbell's Soup Company, one of our largest and longest standing domestic clients. Being a company so rooted in American consciousness, many things I learned in the CU AS program apply to my work for Campbell's - particularly during strategic conversations attempting to carve out our target within the great melting pot. I'm looking forward to my first business trip next weekend -- to the 2010 Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show in Albuquerque, NM. I'll be manning the Pace booth, scooping salsa to the masses of our "pepper head" demographic. I'm now living in the East Village and really enjoying all that Lower Manhattan has to offer. Eventually I'd like to go back to school for animation or design, but that's on the back burner for now -- behind a simmering pan of Prego pasta sauce :)"
"I am currently in my second year of graduate studies at Georgetown University. I am pursuing a Master's degree in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Social and Public Policy. I would also like to add that the American Studies program allowed me to explore my interests and allowed me the freedom to build a course of study around them."
Post graduation, I have returned to Columbia and am currently a Development Assistant working under the Director of Annual Giving for the Columbia College Fund. I provide support to those working diligently to raise money for the College Fund so Columbia can continue to thrive and fulfill its mission of providing students with the deeply rooted
After graduation I attended the NYU Summer Publishing Institute. From there I began freelance writing and have written for various businesses, though I am most proud of getting my work published in the Affluent Page magazine for three consecutive months. Also, at the moment my fiction manuscript is under review by a reputable literary agent. Since we have been corresponding since early 2010 the signs as of today are at least good that I will have it published.
After graduation I joined the staff of "Sound Opinions," a pop music talk show produced by Chicago's public radio station, WBEZ. There I've been able to put my American Studies research skills to work producing radio shows about the punk movement in New York, Aretha Franklin's Amazing Grace album (take a listen - you won't regret it!), and the Beat generation. I've also done some radio reporting, most recently about the origins of the Chicago accent. This fall I'll be heading back to New York to pursue opportunities as an independent radio producer.
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I currently work as a writer for the CEO of my company, LRN, and collaborate with him to produce speeches (for venues like the NFL, World Economic Forum, etc) and articles (for platforms like Forbes, WSJ and NYT) on leadership and culture. I owe a lot to the American Studies department at Columbia: The ability to make connections across multiple disciplines, to frame events in terms of a larger context, to form a persuasive and logical argument, to speak up in high-pressure meetings and critically engage with different opinions, all the while maintaining a strong civic, moral duty has proved invaluable. Thanks to my training, in a matter of months I was able to move from producing research briefs to designing his speeches in order to take our philosophy – why HOW you do what you do is more important than what you do – and apply it to the wider world.
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