In Conversation with Historians Panel Series

In Conversation with Historians is a panel series co-created and organized by Emma Sheinbaum (Communications & Development Coordinator) and Saeeda Islam (Faculty Affairs Coordinator) in response to the rise of the Black Lives Matters movement following the death of George Floyd, the rise of white nationalism in politics, the long-standing immigration crisis in the United States, and the shifting reality in which we are all living, navigating amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, and the urgent need to have these important conversations. These discussions feature hand-picked faculty, alumni, and graduate students who connect history with our current moment, emphasizing social justice and action.

Visit our YouTube playlist and Anchor podcast page to watch and listen.

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February 23rd, 2021
Black History Month: Teaching Action and Justice

Panelists: Samuel K. Roberts, Mabel O. Wilson, J.T. Roane, and Madison Ogletree
Moderated by Frank Guridy
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As educators and students, our panelists discuss their teaching methodologies, their research interests, and why it’s important to follow teaching with action and vice versa. How have communities organized to protect their people when the public institutions did not? Black History matters now and it matters all the time. In this conversation, we discuss how teaching and studying Black history has evolved and how it shapes our cultural memory.

January 27th, 2021
Teaching Outside The Comfort Zone of The Historical Canon

Panelists: Frank Guridy, Anupama Rao, Rhiannon Stephens, Johanna Fernández, and Luz Cristina Colpa
Moderated by Emma Sheinbaum and Saeeda Islam
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Our fifth organic discussion about teaching against the institutional and canonical grain, cultivating inclusive classroom environments, gender dynamics in academia, the importance of tying lived experiences and scholarly work, and related topics.

November 20th, 2020
Immigration Activism

Panelists: Nara B. Milanch, Ivón Padilla-Rodríguez, Ana Sofia Barrios, Andres Jiminez, Deirdre Sinnott, and  Pascal “Shakoure” Charpentier
Moderated by Emma Sheinbaum and Saeeda Islam

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This conversation features representatives from student representatives from the Students for Sanctuary organization as well as the New Sanctuary Coalition, Andres Jiminez and Deirdre, joined by Shakoure (who was in ICE detention at the time of recording, released as of 02/17/2021) to bring awareness to the #FreeShakoure direct action, ICE & CBP and carceral system injustices. The goal of this discussion is to teach how everyone can help people targeted by ICE and the carceral system, bring awareness to the reality of the crisis, and learn how activism can be integrated into pedagogy.

September 29th, 2020
Immigration Justice, Xenophobia, & Histories of State Violence

Panelists: Mae M. Ngai, Karl Jacoby, Pablo Piccato, and Brianna Nofil
Moderated by Emma Sheinbaum and Saeeda Islam

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Columbia News: “
Our Current Immigration Crisis Through a Historical Lens”

This panel covers immigration justice issues including xenophobia, ICE, CBP and their presence at BLM protests, the US-Mexico border wall, US-China relations and policy amid COVID-19, histories of state violence against migrants, and related topics.

July 29th, 2020
In Conversation with Historians: Black Lives Matter, Part Two

Panelists: Eric Foner, Stephanie McCurry, Christopher L. Brown, and Bailey Yellen
Moderated by Emma Sheinbaum and Saeeda Islam
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Columbia News: “A Conversation with Historians about Racial Injustice”

 Our second conversation continues the previous conversation and delves into the history of abolition, the Reconstruction Era, Black resistance, white supremacy, and the Black Lives Matter movement. 

 

June 26th, 2020
In Conversation with Historians: Black Lives Matter
Panelists: Frank Guridy, Stephanie McCurry, Manan Ahmed, and Amanda Faulkner
Moderated by Emma Sheinbaum and Saeeda Islam
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This conversation was dedicated to discussing racial injustice issues, racism and anti-racism in academia, and the history that connects to this moment in time; in particular, the resurgence of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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