On Oct. 14 and 15, the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History will host "CONTESTED DEMOCRACY: Freedom, Race and Power in American History," a conference in honor of Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton Professor of History. A roster of Columbia history Ph.D.'s who worked with Foner, all now professors in their own right, will discuss a variety of topics including "Black Abolitionists," "Liberal Individualism in the American West" and "Rethinking Post 1945 U.S. History," to name just a few. The conference is free and open to students, faculty, alumni and the public.
Eric Foner will speak on "The Story of American Freedom: Before 9/11 and After," on Friday, Oct. 14, at 5 p.m., in the Davis Auditorium of Schapiro Hall. Other lectures will take place at Faculty House, 116th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive.
According to Kenneth T. Jackson, the director of the Lehman Center, Eric Foner is the most influential American history scholar of his generation. Foner has been a faculty member of the Columbia history department since 1982. He has also been president of the Organization of American Historians, the American Historical Association, and the Society of American Historians.
The schedule of events is below. For additional details about the conference and information about the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History at Columbia University, visit: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lehmancenter/. Questions about the event can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of Events:
Friday, October 14, Columbia Faculty House.
For directions, visit http://www.columbia.edu/cu/fachouse/directions.html
1 - 2:45 p.m.: Panel 1
- Manisha Sinha, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
"An Alternative Tradition of Radicalism: Black Abolitionists and the Metaphor of Revolution, 1775-1865"
- Martha Jones, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
"Leave of Court: African American Claims-Making and Citizenship in the Era of Dred Scott v. Sanford"
- Wang Xi, Indiana University, Pennsylvania
"Make "Every Slave Free, and Every Freeman a Voter": The Construction of Black Suffrage Discourse in the Age of Emancipation"
- Commentator: Ira Berlin, University of Maryland, College Park
3 - 4:45 p.m.: Panel 2
- Tyler Anbinder, George Washington University
"Isaiah Rynders and the Ironies of Popular Democracy in Antebellum New York"
- Martha Saxton, Amherst College
"Lives of Missouri Slave Women: A Critique of True Womanhood"
- Melinda Lawson, Union College
"Making it Fit: The Federal Government, Liberal Individualism, and the American West"
- Commentator: Elizabeth Blackmar, Columbia University
5 - 6 p.m.: Eric Foner, Columbia University
"The Story of American Freedom: Before 9/11 and After"
Location: The Davis Auditorium in Schapiro Hall; Reception to Follow
Saturday, October 15 – Columbia Faculty House
9 - 10:30 a.m.: Panel 3
- Michael Zakim, Tel Aviv University, Israel
"A Labor History of the Bourgeoisie, Or, How Industry Came to Mean Making Profits rather than Making Things"
- Sven Beckert, Harvard University
"From Tuskegee to Togo: The Problem of Freedom in the Empire of Cotton"
- Alessandra Lorini, University of Florence, Italy
" Cuba Libre and American Imperial Nationalism: Conflicting Views of Racial Democracy in Post-Reconstruction United States"
- Commentator: Adam McKeown, Columbia University
10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.: Panel 4
- Lisa McGirr, Harvard University
"Sacco and Vanzetti: Transnational Social Movements In Latin America and Europe"
- Mae M. Ngai, University of Chicago
"An Ironic Testimony to the Value of American Democracy: Assimilationism and the World War II Internment of Japanese Americans"
- Martha Biondi, Northwestern University
"Student Protest, Law and Order, and the Origins of African American Studies in California"
- Penny Von Eschen, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
"Practices of Hegemony: Rethinking Post 1945 U.S. History from the Outside In"
- Commentator: Thomas Bender, New York University
1 p.m.: Closing Remarks - David W. Blight, Yale University