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Oct 3 | Mark Warren Book Launch

October 3rd, 6:30pm-8:00pm, room 4202

Sep 28 | Harvey Neptune, ““The Judgement of CLR James and the Misunderstanding of American Civilization”

Please join the History program on September 28th at 5pm for Harvey Neptune’s talk: “The Judgement of CLR James and the Misunderstanding of American Civilization”

“The subject of my talk is a 1950 CLR James manuscript that eventually found publication in 1993 as a book titled American Civilization.  This work has endured a fundamentally perverse reception. Though it is no less critical than James’ other acclaimed scholarly writing, this piece on the US as been written off by most reviewers as lacking his characteristic critical rigor.  Assessments have made the manuscript out to be the product of a mind too overwhelmed with admiration for the Republic to execute a detached and penetrating historical analysis. The talk today corrects this misjudgement of James’ achievement.  A second objective, one that speaks directly to the New World theme of this series, is to link the misunderstanding of American Civilization to reviewers’ larger failure to reckon with James’ geopolitical premise, specifically his presumptive view of the US as a hemispherically familiar postcolony.  Finally, and relevant to my larger book project on postwar Americanist historiography, the talk emphasizes the close affinity between this manuscript and the contemporary scholarship dubbed  ‘consensus history.'”

Harvey Neptune, a professor of History at Temple University, was trained in the fields of African Diaspora and Latin American history. He is particularly interested in recovering experiences, events and movements that highlight the region’s integral place within the history of the modern world.

This is the first talk in the PhD Program in History’s marquee colloquium series, New World Migrations.

Room 5114

The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York City, NY 10016




Fall 2018 Political Theory Workshop Calendar

Oct 4 | Fail States: Dispossession and the Grounds of Relationality

A lecture by Jodi A. Byrd

Thursday, 4 Oct, 6p, Skylight Room

Reading closely teamcherry’s videogame Hollow Knight through work by Kamau Brathwaite, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, and Édouard Glissant, this talk will discuss how antiblackness, theft of land, and the ontological turn to objects within technology and software studies are part of settler colonial proceduralisms. How do race and indigeneity function as recursion within the databases, code, and play structuring videogames? How might the nonhuman disrupt the normative structures of settler colonialism? And finally, what could grounded modes of relationality mean as resistance to such technological economies of dispossession?

Jodi A. Byrd is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she is also a faculty affiliate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. Her work has been published in journals including American Indian Quarterly, Cultural Studies Review, Interventions, College Literature, J19, American Quarterly, Settler Colonial Studies, and Wíčazo Ša Review. Her book, The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism (Minnesota, 2011) won the 2013 Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Award for best first book. Her next project, Indigenomicon: American Indians, Videogames, and the Structures of Genre, delves into the literary and digital realms of play to think further about how the colonization of American Indians continues to inform imaginary terrains.


Sponsored by the American Studies Certificate Program, in conjunction with the Center for Place, Culture, and Politics and the PhD Program in English
This event is free and open to the public.

Sep 25 | Alumni Panel: Unlikely Tech Careers

Unlikely Paths to Tech

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, Room 9204
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

About the Career Panel

Today everything is tech, and tech is everything—at least it seems that way. Tech affects our lives more and more. It gives us new and radical ways to change peoples’ lives. And it gives you exciting, dynamic, and unprecedented career opportunities to explore.

This panel brings together a group of GC alumni across academic fields who’ve gone into tech in a variety of roles—from digital marketing to web development, entrepreneurship and, yes, even writing—without a degree in computer science. Come learn about their journeys from academia to tech, hear their insights about strategies and mindsets to get hired, have your questions answered, and network with the speakers and like-minded peers.

Panel Participants

This panel will be moderated by Dr. Lisa Rhody, Deputy Director of Digital Initiatives at the GC. The panelists include:

  • Zach Davis, English (Senior Developer and Managing Director at Cast Iron Coding Inc.)
  • Kathleen Howard, English (Associate Technical Writer & Editor at DigitalOcean)
  • Tessa Maffucci, MALS (Digital Marketing Manager at W&P Design)
  • Yoni Reinberg, Anthropology (Principal, Chief Technology Officer at Social Ink)

Please RSVP

The event will be held Tuesday, September 25 in room 9204 at the GC.

Snacks and refreshments will be served. Please fill out our event registration form to let us know you’re coming.

“Oral History and the Future: Archives and Embodied Memory” – Fall 2018 Workshop Series –

The Oral History Master of Arts Program is pleased to announce its
2018-2019 workshop series[columbia.us5.list-manage.com]:
Oral History and the Future: Archives and Embodied Memory

Oral history is a conversation about the past that takes place in the present and is oriented towards the future. How is this future orientation made real? 

Oral history as a research practice, particularly in the United States, has been defined by a focus on recording and archiving in institutional repositories. But people can be archives too, and oral history-telling practices more broadly often depend on embodied memory, on person-to-person transmission. And because people have been formally recording and archiving oral histories for over seventy years, we are now living in the futures imagined by earlier generations of oral historians. How do these voices from the past function in our present/their future? Looking at examples from digital archiving to indigenous oral history practices, in this series we will examine how the various ways that oral history is projected into the future work, and how they shape our practices as oral historians.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the Spring half of the series but in the meantime, check out the full list of our Fall workshops[columbia.us5.list-manage.com] below:


For more information, please email Amy Starecheski, Director of OHMA, at aas39@columbia.edu.

All events are free and open to the public in 509 Knox Hall, 606 W 122nd Street, New York, New York 10027. Refreshments will be served.

Center for the Study of Women and Society Fall 2018 Event Calendar

Sep 13 | Classrooms and Social Justice: Why Start with Pedagogy?

Please join the Futures Initiative on Sep 13 at 12pm in the Segal Theatre for “Classrooms and Social Justice: Why Start with Pedagogy?” This is an open, livestreamed workshop led by Cathy N. Davidson, Racquel Gates, Siqi Tu, and Christina Katopodis. The workshop will be livestreamed at http://bit.ly/FuturesED-live[bit.ly].

This panel[futuresinitiative.org] looks at the relationship between classroom participation and democracy, focusing on active, engaged learning methods that you can use in your classroom today. Panelists will offer student-centered activities that have been successful in their own classrooms, and participants will have the opportunity to try out some activities themselves.

This event is part of the The University Worth Fighting For[futuresinitiative.org], a series of workshops that tie student-centered, engaged pedagogical practices to institutional change, race, equality, gender, and social justice.

How to Join Us

  • To attend in person, RSVP now[eventbrite.com]!
  • Watch the livestream at ly/FuturesED-live[bit.ly] (unedited footage will be available after the workshop for a limited time under “Recent Videos”, and we’ll post an edited version soon)
  • Follow the hashtag #fight4edu and tweet your questions/comments
  • During and after the workshop, add your own favorite pedagogical practices to this Google Doc


Looking forward to seeing you there!

Christina Katopodis
Futures Initiative Fellow

FREE HEARING TEST -Available for the Fall 2018 Semester!!

Sep 5 | Rupture / Reimagining – narratives of persons and places

What: Artists’ Talk by students from “Arts-Based Research and Visual Methodologies” (Spring 18)

When: September 5, 2018, 5:00-7:00pm

Where: Urban Education Lounge, room 4202

UED 75200, our course on visual methodologies and arts-based research, students used visual methods to explore subjects that were of deep concern to them though only one member of the class had any previous experience as a visual artist. The art/artifacts you see here are a partial result of those investigations. Each project, in different balance, involved meditation on and interrogation of self and world. Because of the openness with which these artists-scholars-students collaborated with one another, offering and receiving feedback on projects that were often very personal, each piece is in some ways both an individual and a collective achievement.

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