May 10 – Power and Democracy in Early America (the Fifth Annual EARS Graduate Student Conference)

May 10 – Power and Democracy in Early America (the Fifth Annual EARS Graduate Student Conference)

Registration: 8:00am – 9:00am in the History Lounge, Room 5114


I. Session 1 (9:00am – 10:30am)

Panel 1The Contested and the Creative in the History of ‘the American Conflict’  —Rm. 5409

Chair: Andrew Lang, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Comment: Dr. David Reynolds, The Graduate Center, CUNY


“’History-in-the-Bacon’: Bacon’s Rebellion and Memory-Making in American Print Media, 1865-1915”

Julia Brown-Bernstein, University of Southern California


“‘Resist to the Last Extremity’: The Erosion of the Fugitive Slave Law in the Border States”

Daniele Celano, University of Virginia


“‘A Noble Epic in Color’: Emanuel Leutz’s Capitol Mural in a Time of War”

Elizabeth Kiszonas, The McNeil Center for Early American Studies and the University of Arkansas


“The Panic of 1857 and the Political Crisis of the 1850s: The Crimean War, the Sepoy Mutiny, and the Role of Global Economic Contingency in the Coming of the American Civil War”

Eric Sears, St. Louis University


II. Session 2 (10:45am – 12:15pm)

Panel 2 A: Making Up the Self: The Material Culture of Gender—Rm. 5414

Chair: Madeline Lafuse, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Comment: Dr. David Waldstreicher, The Graduate Center, CUNY


“Steel and Flesh, an Intimate Partnership: The Straight Razor and Masculine Self-fashioning in the Atlantic World, 1760- 1880”

Jacqueline Delisle, Independent Scholar


“About Face: Exotic Luxury and Cosmetic Agency in French Colonial New Orleans”

Philippe Halbert, Yale University


Panel 2 B: Crossing the Line: Borders, Boundaries, and Identity—Rm. 5409

Chair: Helena Yoo Roth, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Comment: Dr. John Blanton, The City College of New York, CUNY


“‘Public Creditors who are Desirous for Satisfaction’: Speculators, Congress, and the Privatization of the American West”

Joseph Ross, University of Missouri


“’We Are between Two Fires’: Identity and Negotiation among the Kickapoo, Mascouten, and Meskawaki in Boucherville’s Narrative”

Ian Tonat, College of William and Mary


“John Yates Beall and the Confederacy’s Actions on Lake Erie and New York State’s Border During the Civil War”

Cassandra Jane Werking, University of Kentucky


Lunch Break (12:15pm-2:00pm)- Lunch Provided in Rm. 5114


III. Session 3 (2:00pm-3:30pm)

Panel 3A:  Race and Freedom In the Age of Revolutions—Rm. 5409

Chair: Arinn Amer, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Comment: Dr. Andrew Robertson, The Graduate Center and Lehman College, CUNY


“Race, Revolution, and Republicans: Early Jeffersonian Racial Discourse in Philip Freneau’s National Gazette

Matthew Grace, Rutgers University- Camden


“Revolutionary Fugivity: Enslaved Women and Families Seeking Freedom in Post-Dunmore’s Proclamation America”

Adam McNeil, University of Delaware


“’Unrighteous Commerce’: The Providence Abolition Society’s Campaign Against the Slave Trade, 1789-1804”

Kevin Vrevich, Ohio State University


Panel 3B:  Forming Minds: Memory, Education, and Civil Religion in the Early Republic—Rm. 5414

Chair: Israel Ben-Porat, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Comment: Dr. Jonathan Sassi, The Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island, CUNY


“’He aimed well’: Benjamin Rush’s Memory, Disillusionment, and Utopian Ideals for the American Revolution”

Scott Flovin, Rutgers University-Camden


“Cultivating Constitutionalism: James Wilson’s Vision of Legal Education in American Democracy”

Ethan Foster, Independent Scholar


“Female Patriotism and the Formation of a Female Civil Religion”

Erika Nelson, Vanderbilt University


  1. Round Table Session (3:45pm – 5:15pm) – Room 5114

Panel 4: The Journal of the Early Republic: A Conversation with the Co-Editors

Moderator: Dr. Nora Slonimsky, Iona College and the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies

  • Dr. David Waldstreicher, The Graduate Center, CUNY
  • Dr. Andrew Shankman, Rutgers University- Camden


Keynote Session 5 (5:30pm – 6:45pm) – Room 5114

Dr. Andrew Shankman, Rutgers University-Camden

“Daniel Raymond, Mathew Carey, the Missouri Crisis, and the Global 1820s”

A light reception until 7:30pm will follow Dr. Shankman’s keynote in the history lounge (5114).

CONGRATULATIONS to the following Students and Recent Alumni!

CONGRATULATIONS to the following Students and Recent Alumni!

Arinn Amer won the $500 Koonja Mitchell Memorial Prize awarded by the Women’s Studies Certificate Program and has been awarded the $20,000 E.P. Thompson Dissertation Fellowship.

Andrew Alger has a forthcoming article, “Homes for the Poor? Public Housing and the Social Construction of Space in Baghdad, 1945 – 1964,” in the Journal of Urban History and has been awarded a fellowship from The Academic Research Institute in Iraq (TARII) to pursue archival research this summer in Beirut.

Arman Azimi has been awarded a $25,000 Dissertation Year Fellowship

Vanessa Burrows (PhD, 2015), now an historian at the FDA in DC, just coauthored an article which appears in the current issue of the JAH, “Creating Equal Health Opportunity: How the Medical Civil Rights Movement and the Johnson Administration Desegregated U.S.. Hospitals.”

Lukasz Chelminski was awarded a 2019  Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies Graduate Student Travel Grant for the November convention in San Francisco.

Davide Colasanto won the $2,500 John M. Cammett Travel Award.

Erin Cully has been awarded a $4000 Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Research in the Service of Public Knowledge Doctoral Student Research Grant, and a $25,0000 Altman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Davide Giuseppe Colasanto has been awarded a $10,000 Dissertation Year Fellowship. In addition, he contributed a chapter to the newly published book Regimes of Happiness: Comparative and Historical Studies.

Edward Cornejo (PhD, 2010) has been named Interim Associate Dean of Arts, Humanities, Communications & Design at Broward College’s South Campus (Fort Lauderdale).

Phelim Dolan has been awarded a $25,000 Leon Levy Center for Biography Dissertation Fellowship

Mohammed Ezzeldin has been awarded a $25,000 Dissertation Year Fellowship.

Evan Friss (PhD, 2011) is the co-organizer of the exhibit Cycling in the City at the Museum of the City of New York, which was reviewed in the  NY Times.

David Hamilton Golland (PhD, 2008) published A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2019).

Hilary Anne Hallett (PhD, 2005) has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at Columbia University.

Jiwon Han has been awarded a $4000 Early Research Initiative (ERI) Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

Jonathan Hill Jr. (PhD, 2018) has been appointed as an Excelsior Fellow to the Division of Policy and Planning at the NYS Department of Transportation in Albany.

Megan Hills contributed a chapter to the newly published book Regimes of Happiness: Comparative and Historical Studies.

Ernest Ialongo (PhD, 2009) was promoted to Full Professor at Hostos Community College.

Mounira Keghida has had her AHA  session proposal accepted for the upcoming 2020 conference, which will be held here in NYC. The title of the session is “Sugar Visionaries, Bitter Realities: The story of Anti-Colonialists,  Industrialists and Abolitionists in the 19th Century.”

Phil Keisman  had an article published in QUEST, Issue in Contemporary Jewish History, Issue 14, 2019 –  “I see a man of great wisdom… and in his hand is a nimble scribe’s pen.” The Readers and Writers of Shomer Tziyon Hane’eman

Kathryn Kelley has been awarded a $4000 Early Research Initiative Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Research Fellowship

Andrew Kotick has been awarded a $10,000 Dissertation Year Fellowship.

Miriam Liebman has been awarded the $25,000 Judith Stein Dissertation Fellowship, and the Marc Friedlaender Fellowship (a short term residential fellowship, at Massachusetts Historical Society).

Kathryn Mahaney (PhD, 2018) has accepted a three-year position as Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Helsinki, starting in August 2019.

Carol Quirke (PhD, 2005) been promoted to full professor at SUNY College at Old Westbury.  Her second book, Dorothea Lange, Documentary Photography, and Twentieth Century America was published in March by Routledge (part of Carol Berkin’s “Lives of American Women” series).

Evan Turiano has been awarded a $4000 Early Research Initiative Award for Archival Research in African American and African Diaspora Studies.

Katie Uva is the PhD Program in History nominee for the Award for Doctoral Student Teaching.

Alisa Wade (PhD, 2016) has accepted a tenure track assistant professor position at California State University at Chico, starting in Fall 2019.

Erik Wallenberg has been awarded a $10,000 Dissertation Year Fellowship and the $7,000 National Society of Colonial Dames in New York Dissertation Fellowship.

John C. Winters won a Residential Research Fellowship at the Fred W. Smith Library at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.


We celebrate their accomplishments!

April 3 – Cindy Lobel will be recognized at the 2019 GC Alumni Awards Ceremony

April 3 – Cindy Lobel will be recognized at the 2019 GC Alumni Awards Ceremony

We recognize the tremendous talents of our scholarly community with the prestigious Graduate Center Alumni Awards. Please help us celebrate our honorees by joining us here at The Graduate Center on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 6:00pm in the William P Kelly Skylight Room! RSVP to jcronin@gc.cuny.edu. Thank you to all who nominated alumni!


2019 Alumni of the Year Award recipients:

  • James Giordano (Ph.D. ’87, Psychology – Biopsychology), Chief of the Neuroethics Studies Program and Scholar-in-Residence in the Pellegrino Center for Clinical Bioethics; Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Biochemistry at Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Maggie Nelson (Ph.D. ’04, English), Poet, critic, and nonfiction writer; Professor of English, University of Southern California

2019 Graduate of the Last Decade Award (GOLD) recipients:

  • Amy E. Hughes (Ph.D. ’09, Theatre), Associate Professor, Theater History & Criticism, Brooklyn College
  • Nandini Sikand (Ph.D. ’10, Anthropology), Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies, Lafayette College

2019 City University of New York (CUNY) Award:

  • Ardie Walser (Ph.D. ’91, Engineering – Electrical), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, Electrical Engineering, Grove School of Engineering, The City College of New York
  • Cindy R. Lobel (Ph.D. ’03, History) Posthumous Award, Former Assistant Professor of History, Lehman College; and Former Professor, Liberal Studies, The Graduate Center and Macaulay Honors College

GC Alumni Award Committee Members

  • Bruce Altschuler (Ph.D. 1981, Political Science)
  • Herman Berliner (Ph.D. 1970, Economics)
  • Kristopher Burrell (Ph.D. 2011, History)
  • Peter V. Cobb (Ph. D. 1972, Mathematics)
  • Margaret Connors McQuade (Ph.D. 2005, Art History)
  • Chirag Raval (Ph.D. 2012, Biomedical Engineering)
  • Caroline Urvater (Ph.D. 2016, Comparative Literature; M.A. 1990, Comparative Literature)


April 15 – David Blight in conversation with Jim Oakes

April 15 – David Blight in conversation with Jim Oakes

Two leading historians of the Civil War era, David Blight (Yale) and James Oakes (The Graduate Center), discuss Blight’s acclaimed book Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom. In the first major biography of Douglass in nearly three decades, Blight gives the most comprehensive and humanizing portrait of the great abolitionist to date. Naming it one of the 10 Best Books of 2018, The New York Times called it a “monumental work about a monumental figure” and noted that “Blight’s detailed, cinematic biography is the result of a lifetime of engagement with his subject.”

Presented with the Leon Levy Center for Biography.

April 15, 2019: 6:30 PM

Elebash Recital Hall

Reserve Now

April 9th – A Second Gilded Age? Historical Parallels, Differences, Lessons (conference presented by the Gotham Center)

April 9th – A Second Gilded Age? Historical Parallels, Differences, Lessons (conference presented by the Gotham Center)

A Second Gilded Age? Historical Parallels, Differences, Lessons
Tuesday April 9th
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Elebash Recital Hall
9AM – 5 PM

Keynote Address
9:30 – 10 AM

Although there is much debate about the causes of economic inequality today, no one contests the fact or scale of it. So why question the idea of a “second Gilded Age”? Because if we are to learn from history, we must also remember that “the past is a different country.” The differences between each period, in other words, may be just as important as the similarities. Steve Fraser, the author of multiple works analyzing the culture, economic life, and politics of both late 19th. and late 20th c. America, kicks off the daylong conversation, comparing the eras.

Steve Fraser is a historian, writer, and editor, and has taught at Columbia University, Princeton University, New York University, and the University of Pennsylvania. His first book, Labor Will Rule: Sidney Hillman and the Rise of American Labor (1991), he examines the relationship between the New Deal and the rise of the modern labor movement. His later works, including Wall Street: America’s Dream Palace (2008) and Every Man a Speculator: A History of Wall Street in American Life (2005), explore the ways American society and culture reacted to the presence of powerful economic elites. Most recently, he is the author of The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power (2015), The Limousine Liberal: How an Incendiary Image United the Right and Fractured America (2016), and Class Matters: The Strange Career of an American Delusion (2018).

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Panel 1: Comparing the Economic Sources of Inequality, Then and Now
10:15 – 11:45 AM

Although our time is characterized by levels of economic inequality similar to the Gilded Age, the market forces shaping this inequality are not so easily compared. Considering all the differences between the domestic and global economy of the late industrial period and our contemporary world, does it even make sense to draw parallels between the eras? Or might our diagnosis of the present benefit from a longer view? This panel will identify and contrast the economic, or market-based, dimensions of the crisis in each period to answer the question of whether this is a “second Gilded Age.”

  • Janet C. Gornick is Professor of Political Science and Sociology at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She also serves as Director of the Stone Center on Socio-Economic Inequality and the Director of the U.S. office of the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS), a cross-national data center which serves a global community of researchers, educators, and policy makers. Professor Gornick has been associated with LIS for over twenty-five years, having served as the organization’s Director from 2006-2016.
  • Suresh Naidu is Associate Professor in Economics and International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. The author of numerous articles, and a referee for many leading professional journals, his research includes the economic effects of political transitions, the history of slavery and labor institutions, and international migration.
  • Paul Krugman is Distinguished Professor of Economics at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and Distinguished Scholar at the Luxembourg Income Study Center. The sole recipient in 2008 of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on international trade theory, and one of the founders of the “new trade theory,” he is author or editor of twenty-seven books and more than 200 papers in professional journals and edited volumes. Since 1999, he has been as op-ed columnist for The New York Times.
  • Devin Fergus is Distinguished Professor of History and Black Studies at the University of Missouri. Co-editor of Columbia University Press’s series on “The History of U.S. Capitalism,” he is the author most recently of Land of the Fee: Hidden Costs and the Decline of the American Middle Class (2018), and currently writing a book on white-collar crime and the racial wealth gap. Prof. Fergus has presented research to a number of federal entities, including the U.S. Treasury and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, worked closely with several national policy organizations, such as Demos and Prosperity Now, and written for the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Guardian.
  • Rosanne Currarino is Associate Professor of History at Queen’s University, where she studies the economic, intellectual, and cultural history of nineteenth-century America. Her book The Labor Question in America: Economic Democracy in the Gilded Age (2011) examines diverse efforts to redefine the parameters of democratic participation in the late industrial United States. Her new project, “Orange Grove Capitalism: Imagining the Modern American Economy, 1870-1910,” looks at southern California’s early orange growers (the men and women who eventually formed Sunkist) in order to reconsider how we understand the corporatization of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

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Panel 2: Comparing the Political Sources of Inequality, Then and Now
1:15 – 2:45 PM

Popular conception draws a sharp line between the private and public sector. But historians know that government has always been deeply involved with the creation and life of markets. So, what are the non-market sources of economic inequality during the “first” and “second” Gilded Age, and how do they compare? Does the polarization of income and wealth in each period, for example, reflect natural tendencies of capitalism, or political forces? This panel examines the political dimensions of the crisis in the late industrial era and our contemporary age.

  • Julia Ott is Associate Professor of History at The New School, and the author of When Wall Street Met Main Street: The Quest for an Investors’ Democracy, winner of the 2011 Vincent DeSantis Prize for the Best Book on the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Business World, Majority Report with Sam Seder, Bloomberg, Who Makes the Cents?, The Nation, Dissent, and Public Seminar, as well as BBC, NPR, C-SPAN, and PBS. She is co-editor of Columbia University Press’s series on the “History of Capitalism,” and a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.
  • Kimberley S. Johnson is Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis at New York University, where her research focuses on the intersections between American political development, urban and metropolitan politics, federalism and intergovernmental relations, race and ethnic politics, bureaucracy and public policy. She is the author of Reforming Jim Crow (2010) and Governing the American State (2006), and currently working on a new book, “The Rise and Fall of Chocolate City: Oakland, Newark, and the Future of Metropolitan America,” exploring the changing demographic shifts of America’s inner cities and their impact on local and national politics.
  • Thomas Ferguson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Senior Fellow at Better Markets, and Director of Research Projects at the Institute for New Economic Thinking. The author or coauthor of several books, including Golden Rule (1995) and Right Turn (1986), he is considered a founder of the “investment theory” of American politics. His articles have appeared in many scholarly journals, including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, International Organization, International Studies Quarterly, and the Journal of Economic History. He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Political Economy and a longtime Contributing Editor at The Nation.
  • Kimberly Phillips-Fein is an Associate Professor at New York University, where she teaches American political, business, and labor history. She is the author of Invisible Hands: The Making of the Conservative Movement from the New Deal to Reagan (2009) and Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Politics, a finalist for a 2018 Pulitzer Prize in History, in addition to several essay collections and professional journal articles in such venues as Reviews in American History and International Labor and Working-Class History. A contributing editor to Labor: Studies in Working-Class History in the Americas, she has also written widely for the public, contributing frequently to The Nation, London Review of Books, and New Labor Forum.
  • Jeffrey Broxmeyer is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at The University of Toledo, where his current research explores office-holding practices in U.S. political development, with a focus on wealth accumulation by party leaders during the late nineteenth century. His first book, “Electoral Capitalism: The Party System In New York’s Gilded Age” is under contract with the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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Panel 3: Comparing Reform and Resistance, Then and Now
3 – 4:45 pm

If this is a second Gilded Age, what lessons should we draw from the first? Recently, for example, scholars have argued that we might do far better to adopt the solutions that Progressives offered to deal with the Gilded Age, such as monopoly-busting or public ownership, against the more familiar prescriptions of the New Dealers. So, which reforms are most “usable” from our past​, and what new policies might we have to create for today’s unique conditions? ​More importantly, perhaps, are there lessons to be drawn about the kind of social movements or electoral reform that may be needed to enact these policies, or do today’s problems require different approaches? We end the day’s conversation by shifting the debate from analysis to solutions.

  • Joshua B. Freeman is Distinguished Professor of History at Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. His books include Behemoth: A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World, American Empire, 1945-2000: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home, Working-Class New York: Life and Labor since World War II; and In Transit: The Transport Workers Union in New York City, 1933‑1966. He has received the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award, the New York Society Library Book Prize, the John Commerford Labor Education Award, and fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Elisabeth Clemens is Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, where her research explores the role of social movements and organizational innovation in political change. Her first book, The People’s Lobby: Organizational Innovation and the Rise of Interest Group Politics in the United States, 1890-1925, received awards in both organizational sociology and political sociology. She is co-editor of Private Action and the Public Good (1998), Remaking Modernity: Politics, History and Sociology (2005), Politics and Partnerships: Voluntary Associations in America’s Past and Present (2010), and the journal Studies in American Political Development. She is now completing a book tracing the tense but powerful entanglements of benevolence and liberalism in the development of the American nation-state.
  • K. Sabeel Rahman is Associate Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School and the President of Demos, “a think-and-do tank committed to advancing policy and social change on issues of racial justice, democracy, and inequality.” Previously a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, and a Fellow at New America, he is the author of Democracy Against Domination (2017), which examines how democratic ideals fueled reform movements in the Progressive Era, and their implications for post-financial crisis debates about economic inequality. He is currently at work on a book exploring new approaches to organizing, power, and institutional reform in the present crisis of American democracy.
  • Joseph Stiglitz is University Professor at Columbia, and is the recipient of both a Nobel Prize and Clark Medal. He is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and is a former member and chairman of the (US president’s) Council of Economic Advisers. The recipient of more than 40 honorary degrees, and decorated by several governments, he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.He is known for his support of Georgist public finance theory and for his critical view of the management of globalization, of laissez-faire economists (“free market fundamentalists”), and of international institutions such as the International Monetary Fund.
  • Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, and the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation and How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, winner of the 2018 Lambda Award for LGBTQ Nonfiction. Dr. Taylor is currently completing a manuscript titled “Race for Profit: Black Homeownership and the End of the Urban Crisis,” which looks at the federal government’s promotion of single-family homeownership in black communities after the urban rebellions of the 1960s.

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March 22 – Contrary to the Law of Nature: The Missouri Crisis & Politics of Slavery, a One-Day Symposium

March 22 – Contrary to the Law of Nature: The Missouri Crisis & Politics of Slavery, a One-Day Symposium

Register now for Contrary to the Law of Nature: The Missouri Crisis & the Politics of Slavery, a one-day symposium marking the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Missouri Crisis of 1819. It will meet at the CUNY-Graduate Center on Friday, March 22, 2019 and is free and open to the public. RSVP is required, and a stand-by line will be available the day of the symposium.

All panels take place in the Elebash Recital Hall on the first floor of the CUNY-Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. Doors open at 8:15am, opening remarks begin at 8:45am.

The symposium will investigate the place of the Missouri Crisis (1819-1821) in the history of the early American republic and its role in shaping the politics of slavery and antislavery. The event features:

Panel 1: The Lead Up to the Crisis (9:00-10:30): Sarah Gronningsater (University of Pennsylvania); Francois Furstenberg (Johns Hopkins University); Reeve Huston (Duke University)

Panel 2: The Missouri Crisis and President James Monroe (10:30-12:00): John Craig Hammond (Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington); Robert Pierce Forbes (Southern Connecticut State University); Michael McManus (independant scholar).

LUNCH (on own): 12:00-1:30

Panel 3: The Aftermath of the Crisis (1:30-3:00): Andrew Shankman (Rutgers University-Camden); Matthew Mason (Brigham Young University); David Waldstreicher (CUNY-Graduate Center)

Panel 4: Closing Roundtable (3:15-4:30): Kate Masur (Northwestern University); James Oakes (CUNY-Graduate Center); Jeffrey Pasley (University of Missouri).

For more information please contact info@kingmanor.org or dgary@amphilsoc.org.

The symposium is sponsored by King Manor Museum, the historic home of Rufus King; CUNY-Graduate Center; and the New-York Historical Society.

March 27 – Ralph Bunche Institute book launch with Professor Roldan

March 27 – Ralph Bunche Institute book launch with Professor Roldan

Please join us for our next Books @ Bunche event on Wednesday, March 27 from 6-7:30pm, featuring Prof Mark Rice of Baruch College, CUNY and several noted historians discussing his recent book, Making Machu Picchu:  The Politics of Tourism in Twentieth-Century Peru (University of North Carolina Press, 2018).

Please RSVP to RBInstitute@gc.cuny.edu


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March 15 – Jewish Studies Graduate Colloquium

March 15 – Jewish Studies Graduate Colloquium

Jewish Studies Graduate Colloquium

Friday March 15


Room 8301


You are invited to the Spring 2019 graduate colloquium sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies.

Two students  will present chapters in progress from their dissertations:

Barbara Bailin (History PhD candidate), The German Occupation of Poland as a “Dress Rehearsal” for the War of Annihilation (Vernichtungskrieg) in the Reichskommissariat Ostland

Rebecca Pollack (Art History PhD candidate), The Holocaust and the British State


The chapters will be pre-circulated — to RSVP and receive the chapters please email fbregoli@gc.cuny.edu.

Program for the 9th Annual History Graduate Student Conference  “New Perspectives in History: Methods, Challenges, and Voices”

Program for the 9th Annual History Graduate Student Conference “New Perspectives in History: Methods, Challenges, and Voices”

RSVPs welcomed at gchistory.annualconference@gmail.com

9th Annual History Graduate Student Conference

“New Perspectives in History: Methods, Challenges, and Voices”

March 15, 2019

9:00-9:55 – Sign-in, Roundtable Discussion, Bagels and Trump: Teaching in the Age of Trump (Room 5114, History Lounge)


-Evan Turiano

-Andrew Kotick

-Arinn Amer


10:00-11:40 – Panel 1a, Violence and the Use of Memory: The Politicization of Trauma

(Room 5409, DSC space)

Chair: Stephanie Makowski

-Madeline Lafuse, Madame LaLaurie’s Impossible Basement

-Mayaan Brodsky, The (In)credible Madman–The Bombing of Cambodia and Human Rights

-Idan P. Liav, Deir Yassin — A Foundational Moment Contested

-Esther Adaire, Destroying German History: The Work of Heiner Müller as a Challenge to Public Memory

Commentator: Professor Andreas Killen


10:00-11:40 – Panel 1b, Constructing Identities in Early America (Room 5414, DSC space)

Chair: Evan Turiano

-Helena Yoo Roth, Entangled in the Communications Networks of the First British Empire: Forsey v. Cunningham and the Stamp Act Crisis in Colonial New York

-Israel Ben-Porat, The Mystery of Judah Monis: Conversion and Religious Identity in Early America

-Cody Nager, Contesting American Citizenship in South Carolina, 1788-9

-Ted Knudsen, The Cosby Affair: Governor Cosby, John Peter Zenger and the Birth of Revolutionary Politics in New York

Commentator: Professor Andrew Robertson


11:45-1:00 – Round Table 1, Reconfiguring Transatlantic History: The Globalization of the Field (Room 5114, History Lounge)

Moderator: Sophie Tunney


-Professor Gunja SenGupta

-Luke Reynolds

-Helena Yoo Roth

-Miriam Liebman

-Carli Snyder


1:00-1:45 – Lunch Break: 5114, History Lounge



2:00-3:15 – Panel 2a, Cultural Institutions and Modern State building in the 20th Century (Room 5409, DSC Space)  

Chair: Sophie Tunney

-Tamara Maatouk, Youssef Chahine’s Post-1967 Films: A Window onto Egyptian Society Following the Defeat

-Kate Kelley, Moving Forward and Looking Back: Classical Ballet and the Making of an East German National Identity

-Oscar Aponte, A Financially Independent Newspaper: El Tiempo in Colombia, 1911-1940

Commentator: Professor Mary Roldán


2:00-3:15 – Panel 2b, Philosophies of History: New Origins of Modern Thought (Room 5414, DSC space)

Chair: Phelim Dolan

-Anastasia Kirtiklis, New Thought or Old: Positioning Annie Payson Call in Neurasthenic America

-Kikuko Tanaka, The Non-Method, Translation, and Understanding: An Old Method Made New for the Intellectual History of Metaphysics

Commentator: Professor David Troyansky


3:15-3:30 Coffee Break, Room 5114, History lounge


3:30-4:45 – Panel 3a, Reimagining Britain and its Empire (Room 3209)

Chair: Andrew Kotick

-Sam Bussan, “Your Far Off Country”: Psychoanalysis and the Tension of Empire in Interwar India

-Phelim Dolan, Henry Jones and the Networks of Seventeenth-Century Ireland

-Jiwon Han, 1810, the Fall of the “Pillars of the City” and the Napoleonic Wars

Commentator: Professor Timothy Alborn


3:30-4:45 – Panel 3b, Queer Activism, Memory, and the Academy (Room 5409, DSC Space)

Chair: Davide Colasanto

-Carli Snyder, “What Questions Do We Need to Ask?”: Gender and Sexuality at the 1983 Women Surviving the Holocaust Conference

-Adam Kocurek, NYC Queer Academics, Institutional Transformation, and the Trials of Labor

-Stefanos Milkidis, Negotiating the Recollected Past: The Making and the Unmaking of Queer Memory in the Historical Narrative

Commentator: Professor Randolph Trumbach


4:50-6:00 – Roundtable 2, Transitions in the Field of Gender and History (Room 5114, History Lounge)

Moderator: Stephanie Makowski


-Professor Julia Sneeringer

-Davide Colasanto

-Chandni Tariq

-Adam Kocurek


6:00 – Refreshments and Reception, Room 5114

Food Served Thanks to the Generous Support of the DSC