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American Studies in the News

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

Alumni News

Max Foxman

Alexandra Klingenstein
Mallory Carr

Abigail Gulliver

Ashley James
David Kagan
Rachel Lind
Erika Moses

Daniela Cassorla
Chris Moore

Annie Minoff

Sarah Ngu



Op-ed columnist Frank Bruni at The New York Times recently profiled the Freedom and Citizenship program. Read the article here.

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

For more information from the publisher, click here.

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

Professor Hilary Hallett Publishes Go West, Young Women! The Rise of Early Hollywood

For reviews and description from the publisher, click here.

February 13, 2012
Center for American Studies director Andrew Delbanco was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama (CC’83) on February 13, 2012. Professor Delbanco was honored for his writings on higher education and the place classic authors hold in history and contemporary life. Read more or watch the White House video.

September 22, 2011
Professor Rachel Adams leads in a new field of study and has put together a three-year project called the Future of Disabilities Studies under the auspices of the Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference
See the video interview or read the article in The Record

August 4, 2011
American Studies professor and linguist John McWhorter is interviewed on NPR about his new book, What Language Is: And What It Isn't and What It Could Be.
Listen to or read the interview at NPR

June 1, 2011
Congratulations to Claudio Remeseira, the editor of Hispanic New York: A Sourcebook, which won the 2011 International Latino Award for Best Reference Book in English.

February 8, 2011
Rachel Adams was one of eight faculty members who received this year’s Distinguished Columbia Faculty Awards at a dinner at Casa Italiana. The awards, established by University Trustee Gerry Lenfest (LAW’58, HON’09) in 2005, are given annually to faculty of unusual merit, across a range of activities—including scholarship, University citizenship and professional involvement—with a primary emphasis on the instruction and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students.
Professor Adams is a leader in the field of American literature and culture. A versatile and exciting teacher, she has published several book, including Sideshow U.S.A.: Freaks and the American Cultural Imagination (2001) and Continental Divides: Remapping the Cultures of North America (2009). Currently, she is working to establish a Disability Studies concentration at Columbia.
Read more at Columbia News

July 29, 2010
Faculty and Double Discovery students talk about the Teagle program, which offers college-level coursework based on the University's Core Curriculum.
Read more and watch the video on Columbia News

June 9, 2010
Professor Claudio Remeseira asserts that what Walt Whitman "had to say about the question of Hispanic immigration into an "Anglo" nation is well worth listening to once again."
Read more in the Huffington Post

February 11, 2010
American Studies seminar instructor and College alumnus Joseph Greenaway confirmed as federal judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in a unanimous Senate decision.
Read the Columbia Daily Spectator article

December 11, 2009
"Steven Fraser, a professor of American studies at Columbia University, has taught the cultural history of Wall Street for years, usually bringing his students up to the 1990s. But this fall, with the financial crisis providing an irresistible new coda to the course, he extended the timeline to include the drama, intrigue and pain of the past two years..."
Read the full New York Times article

November 22, 2008
""Lincoln in His Time and Ours: A Public Symposium" was held by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Studies Program and History Department of Columbia University 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..."
Watch the video or read the transcript from C-Span.

April 11, 2008
"Philip Roth, author of over twenty novels, including Goodbye Columbus, Portnoy's Complaint, American Pastoral and The Human Stain and the winner of the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and National Book Critics Circle Award, was paid tribute on the occasion of his seventy-fifth birthday..."
Watch the video or read the transcript from C-Span.


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Send us your alumni notes! Email Angela Darling at amd44@columbia.edu.

Max Foxman CC'07

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. 

Alexandra Klingenstein CC'09

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.

Mallory Carr CC'09

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.

Abigail Gulliver CC'09

"...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."

Ashley James CC'09

"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."

David Kagan CC'09

"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."

Rachel Lindsay CC'09

"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 :)"

Erika Moses CC'09

"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."

Daniela Cassorla, CC'10

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
classical education and necessary skills to become the next generation of world leaders. As much as I enjoy my job, I am preparing to attend law school sometime in the near future and am studying for the LSATs. In my spare time, I have been interviewing undergraduate applicants for the Columbia ARC (Alumni Recruitment Committee), planning events as a member of the Columbia Club Young Alumni Committee, and screenplay writing.

Chris Moore, CC'10

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.

Annie Minoff, CC'11

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.

To find out more and the Beat radio program, click here.

Sarah Ngu, CC'12

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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