5:00 P.M. FACULTY/STUDENT MEETING
6:00 P.M. PARTY
Please join us on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 2pm in the History Program Lounge for
“Phillis Wheatley’s Ancient and African Worlds and the Politics of Slavery”
David Waldstreicher is a historian of early and 19th century America. His research interests include political history, cultural history, slavery and antislavery, and print culture. His books include In the Midst of Perpetual Fetes: The Making of American Nationalism, 1776-1820 (1997); Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery and the American Revolution(2004); and Slavery’s Constitution: From Revolution to Ratification (2009). He is Co-Editor (with Kathleen M. Brown and Daniel K. Richter), of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies’ book series, Early American Studies (University of Pennsylvania Press), serves on the editorial boards of Reviews in American History, and is Co-Editor of the Journal of the Early Republic.
CUNY-GC History Program Professional Development Event
Making a Better C.V.: Building and Formatting a Strong Record
with Dr. Jennifer Furlong, Director of Career Planning and Professional Development
Friday, April 19th from 2:30pm-3:45
Graduate Center Room 5114 (History Program Lounge)
The c.v. is both one of the most rule-bound and free-form documents that scholars must continually supply for grant applications, conference proposals, and job applications. If you’ve ever felt confused about how to write and format your c.v. or what you need to do to make your scholarly record strong, you’re not alone.
Join us for a discussion on how to write and revise your c.v., and which milestones you should aim to have on it at each stage of your career. We will discuss the fundamentals of c.v. preparation, but also leave time for the specific questions you have encountered.
(Dr. Jennifer Furlong has joined the Graduate Center as our new Director of Career Planning and Professional Development. Dr. Furlong, who comes to us most recently from NYU, previously served as Associate Director of Graduate Student Career Development at Columbia University’s Center for Career Education, and as Associate Director for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows in the Career Services office of the University of Pennsylvania, will be establishing our new office for career services. You may have read Dr. Furlong’s series of co-authored columns and articles in The Chronicle of Higher Education or The Academic Job Search Handbook, 4th ed. (Philadelphia: U. of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), which she coauthored with Julie Vick. Dr. Furlong earned her Ph.D. in Romance Languages at the University of Pennsylvania in 18th-century French literature, history, and culture; and her B.A. in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University)
The Ph.D. Program in History
and American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning
Invite you to a talk and reception to mark the publication of
THE STRANGE CAREER OF PORGY AND BESS
Race, Culture, and America’s Most Famous Opera
Historian, American Social History Project
FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 4pm / History Lounge (Room 5114)
The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
Winner, 2012 George C. Rogers Jr. Book Award, South Carolina Historical Society
“This captivating read is an important contribution to the scholarship surrounding Heyward’s and Gershwin’s work.”
“Ellen Noonan digs deep into the production and reception history of what has been called ‘the most contradictory cultural symbol ever created in the Western world.’ In this richly detailed book, Porgy and Bess becomes a prism refracting myriad triumphs and tragedies, collusions and fissures, in the American history of race, region, and culture. It is about white fantasy and black jobs, the slippery intersection of cultural and political representation, the problems of canonization, and, ultimately, the distorted feedback loop between the imaginary Catfish Row and the realities of everyday life for African Americans in Charleston. I was on the edge of my seat until the curtain call.”
—Karl Hagstrom Miller, University of Texas
“Noonan’s incisive book explores the social, aesthetic, and cultural dynamics that shaped this significant American opera. Her analysis of this play and its production history provide important insight into the continually evolving politics of race in the United States. The successful 2011 Broadway revival of Porgy and Bess makes Noonan’s contribution all the more relevant to our present moment. Engaging and informative, this is a most notable book for scholars and students interested in American cultural history.”
—Harry J. Elam, Jr, Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, Stanford University
For more information: http://uncpress.unc.edu/browse/book_detail?title_id=3052
Join us for a four-hour grant writing workshop led by Karen Kelsky, nationally-known academic consultant who blogs as “The Professor Is In.” Dr. Kelsky will offer tangible strategies for grant-writing, including how to think like the selection committee, how to structure your grant proposal, and how to use her Foolproof Grant Template to create a “hero narrative” that demonstrates the originality and import of your research. Dr. Karen would like the participants to send a grant application draft, if they have one, to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please also bring this draft to the workshop itself.)
Karen Kelsky, aka, The Professor, is a former tenured professor and Department Head with 15 years of experience teaching at the University of Oregon and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her Ph.D. is in Cultural Anthropology, with a focus on Japan, from the University of Hawai’i. Her B.A. is from the University of Michigan. Her book, Women on the Verge: Japanese Women, Western Dreams, was published in 2001 by Duke University Press. She worked with many Ph.D. students during her university career, and since 2011 has run The Professor Is In, an academic blog and business dedicated to assisting ABDs and Ph.D.s in their academic job searches, as well as grant applications, book proposals, and other elements of the academic career.
Please RSVPto Marilyn Weber, History APO – email@example.com
Friday, April 12th, noon – 4 p.m., Room 5114
Co-sponsored by the PhD Program in History and the PhD Program in History.
Join us for a discussion with leading public historians about the opportunities, challenges, skills, and training involved in “doing history” outside of the university setting
HISTORY BEYOND THE ACADEMY
Public Historians Discuss Their Work
Museum of the City of New York
New-York Historical Society
American Social History Project
FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 4 PM
History Department Lounge / Room 5114
The Graduate Center / Fifth Avenue & 34th Street
Sponsored by the Ph.D. Program in History and the American Social History Project/ Center for Media and Learning, the Graduate Center, City University of New York
Join us in the History Program lounge on Monday, April 29th at 2pm for
Holly Brewer on
Slavery and Sedition: Rethinking Historical Silences through the mysterious death of Morgan Godwyn
In the spring of 1685, Morgan Godwyn, a minister who had served in Virginia and Barbados for more than 15 years, disappeared after publishing a book condemning the slave trade and the practice of slavery in those colonies. In 1687, he died. This paper attempts both to explain the mystery surrounding his death by providing a context for it, and to explore the limits of our vision as historians by examining how censorship and sedition worked in late seventeenth century England and its empire and how those restraints limit what we can see and hear as historians. I argue that Godwyn probably died for criticizing slavery in a world where the name of the King of England, James II, was synonymous with the slave trade. James II was personally responsible, as director of the Royal African Company which had a legal monopoly on the slave trade, for the importation of literally 100,000 souls from Africa to the new world in the decade of the 1680s alone. That same King believed he was God’s anointed servant, responsible to no-one, ruling by divine right. Godwyn’s public condemnation of the slave trade (at Westminster Abbey, in London, in 1685), a sermon he then had published–called the slave trade a bargain with the Devil; by implication, James II was Faustus, and urged to repent. This paper uses Godwyn’s extraordinary act — and its consequences — to meditate on how power shaped what could be spoken and published, rendering many people “dumb” or mute, as Godwyn bemoaned, and for whom he tried to speak. They are especially mute to our ears, which are attuned to the published past, from whence we tell our histories. Consequently we have failed to see how extensively slavery was debated before 1775, partly because we have not been looking in the right places, but mostly because we have not been reading through censorship’s veil.
Holly Brewer is Burke Professor of American History & Associate Professor at the University of Maryland. She earned her Ph.D. from UCLA in 1994 in American History with specialties in Political Theory and British history, and her A.B. from Harvard College in 1986. She specializes in Early American /Atlantic world history, cultural and intellectual history, and legal history. Her first book By Birth or Consent: Children, Law, and the Anglo-American Revolution in Authority, which was published by the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture and UNC Press in 2005, won three prizes, as did her 1997 article “Entailing Aristocracy in Colonial Virginia.” Professor Brewer serves as co-editor of the American Society for Legal History’s (ASLH) book series (which publishes with Cambridge University Press) and serves on the ASLH Board of Directors as well as the Council of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.
Join us Friday, March 15 for the Third Annual GC History Department Graduate Student Conference. Students from the History Department will present their research on key historical and historiographical topics during this one-day event. Professors Gary Wilder, Martin Burke, David Troyansky, and Simon Davis will provide commentary. Come support your fellow students and get to know your colleagues and department better. A reception in the History Lounge will follow the conference.
You are invited to an Alumni Event in Honor of Carol Quirke and Marcella Bencivenni on Wednesday March 6, 2013 5:00 p.m.
(Ph.D., History, 2003)
Today, Italian Americans are perceived as ultraconservatives interested in food and family—a perception reinforced by the Mafioso stereotype popularized and even glorified by Hollywood movies, television series, and commercials. Drawing from her book, Italian Immigrant Radical Culture (New York University Press, 2011)Bencivenni shows that Italian Americans possess a vibrant, if largely forgotten, radical past.
(Ph.D., History, 2005)
“A United Nations in One Union Shop” is drawn from: Eyes on Labor: News Photography and America’s Working Class (Oxford University Press, 2012). The talk explores how a mid-century New York City labor union used photography to build a union that fought racism and sexism in and outside the union.
Introduction by Joshua B. Freeman, History, The Graduate Center and Queens College, CUNY
History Lounge—Room 5114
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
New York City