Governor Herbert H. Lehman

2011 Lectures and Seminars

All seminars are at 12pm at the Lehman Center. Lunch is served. Events are free and open to the public but RSVPs are required: email


Encyclopedia of New York City
Jan. 26    Kenneth T. Jackson

George Washington's America: A Biography Through His Maps
Feb. 2    Barnet Schecter

Hispanic New York: A Sourcebook
Feb. 15    Claudio Remeseira, Hispanic New York Project

Jewish Bialystok and its Diaspora
Feb. 23    Rebecca Kobrin, Columbia University

The Pivotal Decade: How the United States Traded Factories for Finance in the Seventies
Mar. 2    Judith Stein, The Graduate Center-CUNY

Defiance of the Patriots: The Boston Tea Party and the Making of America
Mar. 23    Benjamin Carp, Tufts University

The Greater New York Sports Chronology
Apr. 6    Jeffrey Kroessler, John Jay College

Confederate Reckoning: Power and Politics in the Civil War South
Apr. 19    Stephanie McCurry, University of Pennsylvania

Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention
Apr. 26    Manning Marable, Columbia University


September 2011

Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier
September, 21 - Lehman Center, 12:00 noon
Edward L. Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University

Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York City
September, 27 - Lehman Center, 12:00 noon
Carla L. Peterson, Professor of English, University of Maryland

October 2011

Playing the Numbers: Gambling in Harlem between the Wars
October, 12 - Lehman Center, 12:00 noon
Stephen Robertson, Associate Professor, The University of Sydney

Panel conversation: American History Now,
edited by Eric Foner and Lisa McGirr

October, 20 - Butler Library, Room 523 (535 West 114th Street), 6:00PM
Eric Foner, Dewitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University
Lisa McGirr, Professor of History, Harvard University
Mae Ngai, Lung Family Professor of Asian American Studies and Professor of History, Columbia University
Adam Rothman, Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University
Moderated by Kenneth T. Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences, Columbia University

November 2011

Bob Dylan in America
November, 10 - Lehman Center, 12:00 noon
Sean Wilentz, George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Princeton University

December 2011

Tacit Subjects: Belonging and Same-Sex Desire among Dominican Immigrant Men
December, 7 - Lehman Center, 12:00 noon
Carlos Decena, Assistant Professor of Women's & Gender Studies; Assistant Professor of Latino & Hispanic Caribbean Studies, Rutgers University


Lunch is served at noon events.
Wine and cheese are served at afternoon events.
Events are free and open to the public but RSVPs are required:


A two-Day Symposium co-sponsored by the Friends of the Columbia Libraries

November 15, 2011

6:00 p.m. | William Kennedy, Chango's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes

                    Reading and discussion.

6:45 p.m. | Novelists Roundtable
                    Introduction: James G. Neal, Vice President for Information                     Services and University Librarian, Columbia University

                    Kevin Baker, Dreamland, Paradise Alley
                    Nancy Horan, Loving Frank
                    Thomas Fleming, Liberty Tavern, The Officers' Wives
                    Moderator: Kenneth T. Jackson, Columbia University

8:00 p.m. | Book signing and reception.

November 16, 2011

6:00 p.m. | Discussion: Historians tackle history and fiction

                    Mark Carnes, Barnard College
                    John Demos, Yale University
                    Jane Kamensky, Brandeis University
                    James G. Neal, Moderator

7:00 p.m. | E.L. Doctorow
                    Lewis and Loretta Glucksman Professor in American Letters,                     New York University

                    "Notes on the History of Fiction"

                    Book signing and reception follows

All events take place at Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive



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