Adam Tooze in Conversation with Jacobin - Inflation Issue Release Party
An important conversation between Adam Tooze and Jacobin’s Samir Sonti on inflation and the cost-of-living crisis, followed by drinks and music at Mayday Space in Brooklyn.
Recent signs are promising, but the threat of inflation is real, and it’s hurting workers more than anyone. In our latest issue, we show how inflation management is fundamentally about political choices and class priorities. Join us for a discussion about what causes inflation and ways to combat it that don’t put the needs of capital before everyone else.
RSVP is required. Admission is FREE, but $10 solidarity tickets will support our work and earn you a free copy of The Socialist Manifesto.
(Wednesday) 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Mayday Space 176 Saint Nicholas Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11237
Book Talk with John Wood Sweet, "The Sewing Girl's Tale" Thursday, October 6, 2022
Book Talk with John Wood Sweet, “The Sewing Girl’s Tale”
Thursday, October 6, 2022
Room/Area: Lehman Suite, IAB Room 406
Join the Lehman Center for American History and the Columbia Research Initiative on the Global History of Sexualities for a conversation with historian and author John Wood Sweet on his new book, The Sewing Girl’s Tale: A Story of Crime and Consequences in Revolutionary America (2022).
“Excellent and absorbing … Sweet’s book … provides an opportunity … to reflect on the power we give today to legal authorities whose views about basic matters – like what it means for a man to sexually assault women – are so different from what we think, or want to think we think, now.” – New York Times Book Review
On a moonless night in the summer of 1793 a crime in the back room of a New York brothel transformed Lanah Sawyer’s life. It was the kind of crime that even victims usually kept secret. Instead, the seventeen-year-old seamstress did what virtually no one else dared to do: she charged a gentleman with rape. The trial rocked the city and nearly cost Lanah her life. And that was just the start.
Based on extraordinary historical detective work, Lanah Sawyer’s story takes us from a chance encounter in the street into the squalor of the city’s sexual underworld, the sanctuaries of the elite, and the despair of its debtors’ prison—a world where reality was always threatened by hope and deceit. It reveals how much has changed over the past two centuries—and how much has not.
John Wood Sweet is a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and former director of UNC’s Program in Sexuality Studies. He graduated from Amherst College (summa cum laude) and earned his Ph.D. in History at Princeton University. His first book, Bodies Politic: Negotiating Race in the American North, was a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Prize. He has served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, and his work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mellon Foundation, the National Humanities Center, the Institute for Arts and Humanities at UNC, the Gilder Lehrman Center at Yale, the McNeil Center at Penn, and the Center for Global Studies in Culture, Power, and History at Johns Hopkins. He lives in Chapel Hill with his husband, son, and daughter.
(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Room/Area: Lehman Suite, IAB Room 406
Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled
Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote
Please join Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. CC’73, LAW’76, and Professor Frank A. Guridy, newly appointed executive director of the Holder Initiative, as they discuss Attorney General Holder’s new book, Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote. You will also have the opportunity to hear from the new dean of Columbia College, Josef Sorett.
The first 100 students to check in will receive a signed copy of Eric Holder’s book. (Valid CUID required)
Thursday, October 6, 2022
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Frank Guridy in Conversation with Eric Holder
on Our Unfinished March: The Violent Past and Imperiled Future of the Vote & Audience Q & A
8:00–9:00 p.m. | Reception
Registration for this event is required.
Please Note: This event is open to CU affiliates only.
Low Memorial Library – Rotunda
535 W. 116th Street
New York, NY 10027
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Low Memorial Library - Rotunda 535 W. 116th Street New York, NY 10027
Josephine Baker's Cinematic Prism REGISTER HERE
Presented by The Center for American Studies and the Film and Media Studies Program at the School of the Arts.
Lecture by Terri Francis, Associate Professor, Associate Dean for Inclusion and Outreach, University of Miami
Response by Professor Racquel Gates, Film and Media Studies, School of the Arts, Columbia University
Arts and Sciences Committee on Equity and Diversity
Department of History
Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race
Institute for Research in African-American Studies
7 (Friday) 2:00 pm - 8 (Saturday) 3:30 pm
Dodge Hall 511
Talking Across the Divide: Communication in
Date & Location: Wednesday Oct. 12th from 4:00 to 5:30pm in-person at Hamilton Hall Room 703
(Wednesday) 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hamilton Hall 703
Event date: November 7, 2022 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Michael Witgen, Columbia University
Please note: Registration is not required to attend this workshop. We kindly ask that you please follow the current University Covid-19 guidelines(link is external).
(Monday) 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
211 Dickinson Hall, Princeton University
Alvin Baltrop's Voyeurism: Sexual Perversity,
Alvin Baltrop’s Voyeurism: Sexual Perversity, Race, and the Historical Uses of Photography
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2022 | 5:00–6:30 pm | 411 Fayerweather Hall
Since the 2019 solo exhibition The Life and Times of Alvin Baltrop at the Bronx Museum, black gay photographer Alvin Baltrop, known for his portraits of the gay sexual subcultures and abandoned warehouses at New York’s West Side Piers, has received increased scholarly and popular attention. However, Baltrop has been primarily discussed as a gay artist who focused on gay subcultures. Though Baltrop’s race, class, gender, and sexuality shaped his artistry, few scholars have analyzed how these identity markers shaped his life and times. This talk explores how Baltrop’s identification as a black gay voyeur shaped his artistic practice and life experiences in the 1970s. Since Baltrop viewed his photography as historical documentation of a fleeting gay subculture, the talk also considers how his voyeuristic approach to photography might intervene in the practice of queer history.
Darius Bost is Associate Professor of Black Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the co-principal investigator of the Provost’s Initiative on the Racialized Body. He is also co-editor of Frontiers: A Journal of Women Studies. Bost is the author of the award-winning book, Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence (Chicago, 2019).
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Research in African American Studies
November 15th from 4:20pm - 6:00pm Workshop with Helen Kinsella. (Minnesota, Political Science and Law). "No Comfort in the Historical Context”: US-Native Wars and Unlawful Combatancy." Commenter
November 15th from 4:20pm – 6:00pm Workshop with Helen Kinsella. (Minnesota, Political Science and Law). “No Comfort in the Historical Context”: US-Native Wars and Unlawful Combatancy.” Commenter TBD
Workshop location will be circulated closer to event date
(Tuesday) 4:20 pm - 6:00 pm
Early Modern History Workshop | Pamela H. Smith, Columbia University
Thursday, November 16
4:30 p.m. | 211 Dickinson Hall & Zoom
“Making and Knowing in Sixteenth-Century Europe”
Pamela H. Smith, Columbia University
This workshop will be offered in hybrid format both on Zoom and in-person. Registration is only required for those who plan on attending via Zoom.
We kindly ask that all in-person attendees please follow the current University Covid-19 guidelines(link is external).
(Wednesday) 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Celebrating Recent Work by Hilary Hallett NEW BOOKS IN THE ARTS AND SCIENCES
Wednesday, 6:15pm–7:30pm EST, The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University + Virtual Event
- Free and open to the public
- Registration required. See details.
Inventing the It Girl: How Elinor Glyn Invented Modern Romance and Conquered Early Hollywood
by Hilary Hallett
The modern romance novel is elevated to a subject of serious study in this addictively readable biography of pioneering celebrity author Elinor Glyn (1864–1943). In elegant prose, Hilary A. Hallett traces Glyn’s meteoric rise from a depressed society darling to a world-renowned celebrity author who consorted with world leaders from St. Petersburg to Cairo to New York. After reporting from the trenches during World War I, the author was lured by American movie producers from Paris to Los Angeles for her remarkable third act. Weaving together years of deep archival research, Hallett movingly conveys how Glyn, more than any other individual during the Roaring Twenties, crafted early Hollywood’s glamorous romantic aesthetic. She taught the screen’s greatest leading men to make love in ways that set audiences aflame, and coined the term “It Girl,” which turned actress Clara Bow into the symbol of the first sexual revolution.
With Inventing the It Girl, Hallett has done nothing less than elevate the origins of the modern romance genre to a subject of serious study. In doing so, she has also reclaimed the enormous influence of one of Anglo-America’s most significant cultural tastemakers while revealing Glyn’s life to have been as sensational as any of the characters she created on the page or screen. The result is a groundbreaking portrait of a courageous icon of independence who encouraged future generations to chase their desires wherever they might lead.
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About the Author:
Hilary Hallett is the Mendelson Family Professor and Director of American Studies, and Associate Professor of History where she teaches modern American cultural and social history. Her areas of specialization include women and gender history; histories of popular and mass culture from a transatlantic perspective; and histories of American culture industries, particularly theater, music, film, and Hollywood’s history. She is interested in mass media’s relationship to social change and to the big stories they tell about America and Americans over time.
About the Speakers:
Farran Smith Nehme has written about film and film history for the New York Post, Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal, Film Comment, the Village Voice, and Sight & Sound, as well as for her blog, Self-Styled Siren. Her novel, Missing Reels, was published in 2014.
Sharon Marcus teaches at Columbia University, where she is the Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, specializing in nineteenth-century British and French culture. Her scholarship analyzes the cultural assignment of value in domains as diverse as architecture, social relationships, literary criticism, and performance culture. Her most recent book is The Drama of Celebrity (Princeton University Press 2019).
Pablo Piccato is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of History at Columbia University. His research and teaching focus on modern Mexico, particularly on crime, politics, and culture. He has taught as visiting faculty in universities in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and France, and has been director of Columbia’s Institute of Latin American Studies, Vice Chair of the Department of History, and University Senator.
Alice Kessler-Harris is the R. Gordon Hoxie Professor Emerita of American History at Columbia University, and former president of the Organization of American Historians. She is a specialist in American labor and comparative and interdisciplinary explorations of women and gender. Her most recent book is A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman (Bloomsbury Press 2012).
(Wednesday) 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
2dec11:00 am- 1:00 pmNew York City Latin American History Workshop (Co-Sponsored by Dept., Hosted by Baruch College) - Rossana Dent (Rutgers-Newark/NJIT(, "Studying Indigenous Brazil: Moral Economies of Research in A'uwe Territory"
Friday, December 2nd, 2022 • New York City Latin American History Workshop (Co-Sponsored by Dept., Hosted by Baruch College) - Rossana
Friday, December 2nd, 2022
• New York City Latin American History Workshop (Co-Sponsored by Dept., Hosted by Baruch College) – Rossana Dent (Rutgers-Newark/NJIT(, “Studying Indigenous Brazil: Moral Economies of Research in A’uwe Territory”
Baruch College, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Ave, Room 8-210
To register and obtain workshop paper please email: Mark Rice, firstname.lastname@example.org
(Friday) 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Baruch College, Newman Vertical Campus, 55 Lexington Ave, Room 8-210
Tiffany Nichols - Finding Stillness December 7, 2022
As astrophysics experiments become increasingly precise, where they are sited is of greater importance to ensuring the sensitivities of the instruments. This talk focuses on LIGO’s over one decade endeavor from 1981 to 1994 to find locations for its two twin laser interferometers that would provide the ability to detect faint gravitational waves produced from cataclysmic events in our universe such as the collision of two black holes. Tiffany Nichols will focus on approaches used by LIGO physicists to locate and investigate candidate locations and negotiate existing land uses present on the sites that were in conflict with the specifications of their experiment through a process Tiffany Nichols calls “finding stillness.”
Tiffany Nichols, Presidential Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Princeton University
This event is part of the New York History of Science Lecture Series.
- The University Seminars at Columbia University
- Columbia University in the City of New York
- NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study
- The Graduate Center, City University of New York
- The New York Academy of Medicine
- The New York Academy of Sciences
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(Wednesday) 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm