May 9 Reproductive Rights in Ireland and the U.S.: A Conference

May 9 Reproductive Rights in Ireland and the U.S.: A Conference

On Thursday, May 9, “Reproductive Rights in Ireland and the U.S.: A Conference,” will bring together an international slate of activists and legal scholars to discuss the momentous referendum last year in Ireland, where abortion became legal in the country for the first time in its history. A separate panel of leading American reproductive rights scholars will follow, to discuss the importance of the vote to the present state of affairs in this country.


Sponsored by the New York Women’s Foundation, Queens College’s Irish Studies program, and the Graduate Center, the conference will be held at Roosevelt House (47-49 East 65th Street, NY NY) from noon to 5:30 p.m. It is free and open to all, with a reception to follow.


Please RSVP at reprorightsMay9@gmail.com. Seats are limited.​


May 5 – “Samuel Seabury and the Other Separation of Church and State” Lecture by Dr. Brent Sirota

May 5 – “Samuel Seabury and the Other Separation of Church and State” Lecture by Dr. Brent Sirota

The Church of St. Andrew



“Samuel Seabury and the Other Separation of Church and State” Lecture by Dr. Brent Sirota.

Sunday May 5, 2019 at 2 pm

Free and open to the Public. Followed by Wine and Cheese Reception



Dr. Brent S. Sirota is an associate professor in the department of history at North Carolina State University, whose work focuses the intersections of religious and political history in Great Britain and the British world. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of The Christian Monitors: The Church of England and the Age of Benevolence 1680-1740 (Yale University Press, 2014), which was awarded the John Ben Snow prize by the North American Conference on British Studies. He is currently working on a study of church-state relations in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries entitled Things Set Apart: Ecclesiologies of the Revolutionary Atlantic, 1688-1848



The Church of Saint Andrew

40 Old Mill Road

Staten Island, New York 10306

718.351.0900 churchofstandrew@mac.com

June 12 – book launch for David Hamilton Golland (GC Ph.D. 2008)

June 12 – book launch for David Hamilton Golland (GC Ph.D. 2008)

David Hamilton Golland (GC Ph.D. 2008) Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of Humanities at Governors State University, invites the GC community to the New York launch of hi latest book:

A Terrible Thing to Waste: Arthur Fletcher and the Conundrum of the Black Republican (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2019).

Date: Wednesday, June 12
Time: 4:30pm

Location: 445 E. 86th St. #1B

Light refreshments will be served.

Signed copies will be available for purchase.

RSVP by June 1 to dgolland@gmail.com


March 17 – Curved Spacetimes: Where Friedrich Nietzsche Meets Virginia Woolf

March 17 – Curved Spacetimes: Where Friedrich Nietzsche Meets Virginia Woolf

The Tank 312 West 36th Street 1st Floor New York, NY, 10018 United States

A limited number of complimentary student tickets are available. Please contact Barbara, if interested: bmontero@gc.cuny.edu

 “What if some day or night a demon were to steal after you into your loneliest loneliness and say to you: ‘This life as you now live it and have lived it, you will have to live once more and innumerable times more’”—Nietzsche’s possibility of time’s arrow looping back on itself structures Logos Dance Collective’s production Curved Spacetimes: Where Friedrich Nietzsche Meets Virginia Woolf, in which movement, music and the spoken word guide audience members through the eternal return, wherein they encounter Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, who embraces the demon’s proposal in her love of “life; London; this moment in June,” seeming to offer a Nietzschean “yes to life” and to “see beauty in that which is necessary.” While dancers’ bodies tell spacetime how to curve and curved spacetime tells dancers’ bodies how to move, the multidisciplinary performance toys with our experience of the past as it is realized in memory, of the present as we hold it in attention, and of the future as it is captured by anticipation; it explores the possibility of time reversal and the way in which time seems to speed up as we age; and it offers a glimpse of what it means to embrace fate.

Schedule of Events
6 PM
: Pre-performance catered reception—pass the Woolf/Nietzsche pre-test for a free drink!
7 PM: Performance
8 PM: Panel discussion on the physics, aesthetics, and metaphysics of time

Logos Dance Collective (Barbara Gail Montero, Theresa Duhon, Patra Jongjitirat, and Gregory Kollarus)

Elise Crull, Theresa Duhon, Maxine Flasher-Duzgunes, Patra Jongjitirat, Gregory Kollarus, Barbara Gail Montero, and Nickolas Pappas

Selections from Bach’s Cello Suites, performed live by cellist Ivan Luza
Includes excerpts from Thus Spoke Zarathustra, The Gay Science, Mrs. Dalloway, and The Diary of Virginia Woolf

Jeff Friedman, Associate Professor of Dance Rutgers University
Kathleen Higgins, Professor of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin
Timothy Maudlin, Professor of Philosophy, New York University
Heather Whitney, JD, Harvard Law School & PhD Candidate, New York University

Rebecca Ariel Porte, Writer and member of the Core Faculty at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

February 12 – Dangerous Grounds: Antiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era

February 12 – Dangerous Grounds: Antiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era

David Parsons will discuss his book Dangerous Grounds: Antiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2017) on Tuesday, February 12 (4:30 PM) at the Tamiment Library. A reception with wine and cheese will follow the lecture. This event is sponsored by the Frederic Ewen Center.

David Parsons received a Ph.D. in history from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) in 2013. He is a professor and writer whose work focuses on the political, social, and cultural history of 20th century America. He has taught courses in U.S. history at CUNY and New York University, served as an adviser for a major museum exhibition on the Vietnam War at the New-York Historical Society, and hosts a long-running weekly podcast on history and politics called The Nostalgia Trap. His book, “Dangerous Grounds: Antiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era,” explores links between the civilian peace movement and the American military.


The Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
Elmer Holmes Bobst Library
70 Washington Square South
Room 10-03
New York, NY 10012

RSVP: Please RSVP via the NYU events calendar [nyu.us14.list-manage.com]

2019 Summer Institute in Oral History at Columbia

2019 Summer Institute in Oral History at Columbia

What do oral historians, journalists and scholars of contemporary history do when the President of the United States, supported by numerous members of congress, tells blatant lies and strives to undermine our access to traditionally reliable sources of information and democratic processes?  What do oral historians, journalists and scholars of contemporary history do when scientific knowledge is dismissed as mere opinion? What do oral historians, journalists and scholars of contemporary history do when false information is knowingly transmitted with the precise aim of enhancing distrust?

The 2019 Summer Institute in Oral History will focus on the challenges we face in documenting the political present when secrecy and distortions of truth threaten the most vulnerable in open societies.  What role does public memory and the search for meaning play in rescuing and preserving the stories that we most need to hear?  Specifically, we will explore what journalists, oral historians, advocates and scholars of the present can learn from each other, as we sharpen our skills and awareness of how to document the stories that we most need to record and disseminate.

The overarching goal of the 2019 Institute will focus on the role of oral history in opening up multiple accounts of truth and the search for meaning that otherwise may remain marginal – moving them to the center of our political discourse.

The 2019 Institute will take place from June 17th until June 28th at Columbia University.


  • Doug Boyd, a leading oral historian and digital expert will speak to the promise and risks of the digital age: including protection in a time of enhanced surveillance.
  • Mary Marshall Clark,  director of the Columbia Center for Oral History Research, who has directed several projects on contemporary political history, including the Guantanamo: Rule of Law Project.
  • Sheila Coronel, Academic Dean of the Columbia Journalism School and past Director of the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University, who began her career reporting in the Philippines for the underground opposition press.
  • June Cross, a documentarian at Columbia Journalism School whose work highlights the stories of the dispossessed and the importance of community dialogues.
  • Terrell Frazier, whose work directly addresses the intersection of sociology, oral history and political organizing.
  • Ronald Grele, director emeritus, Columbia Center for Oral History Research.
  • Alessandro Portelli, whose pioneering oral history work and writing has demonstrated the intersections between memory, history and literature in searching for multiple, diverse memories.
  • Linda Shopes, whose history as an editor and publisher has often focused on unheard stories.
  • Gabriel Solis, Executive Director of the Texas After Violence Project dedicated to telling stories about violence, mass incarceration, and the death penalty as an urgent health issue;
  • Amy Starecheski, Director of the Oral History Master of Arts program at Columbia, and an activist urban oral historian who focuses on low-income communities.

Click here for the application:

Priority deadline: February 28, 2019
Application deadline: April 1, 2019
Admissions decisions will be released by April 10th.
Early decisions are available upon request.

For inquiries, please contact Institute Co-Directors: Mary Marshall Clark (mmc17@columbia.edu) and Terrell Frazier (tf2292@columbia.edu).

February 25 – MoMA Spring Orientation

February 25 – MoMA Spring Orientation

The Museum of Modern Art Archives, Library, and Research Collections invite you to a spring orientation.

Faculty and students are invited to visit on Monday, February 25, 2019, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

At 4 p.m., the event will begin with a series of presentations on topics including: an introduction to the Archives and Library, as well as overviews and discussion of MoMA’s exhibition history pages on moma.org [moma.org]<https://www.moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history [moma.org]>, electronic resources, archival processing, library cataloging, and artists’ books. Following the presentations, the remaining time will be devoted to questions and one-on-one discussions.

Groups are welcome. This orientation supersedes requests for individual interviews. Students are invited to bring curiosity, enthusiasm, and discussion points.

Date: Monday, February 25, 2019
Time: 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Place: The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building at 4 West 54 St, part of the Museum complex in midtown Manhattan

Prof. Veena Talwar Oldenburg at Columbia University’s South Asia Institute

Prof. Veena Talwar Oldenburg at Columbia University’s South Asia Institute

“The Audacity of Gurgaon: From Mythic Village to Millennium City”

A talk by Veena Talwar Oldenburg

SOUTH ASIA INSTITUTE  at Columbia University

Monday, February 4, 2019

Time:  4:15-5:45pm

Location:   Knox Hall, Room 208

Map and directions to Morningside Campus:   https://visit.columbia.edu/content/maps-and-directions


Veena Talwar Oldenburg is a Professor Emerita of History at Baruch College and the CUNY Graduate Center.  She earned her Ph. D. in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has taught at Columbia University and Sarah Lawrence College.  She has been the recipient of senior research fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, American Institute of Indian Studies, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and the American Philosophical Society for Useful Knowledge.


Among her publications is her work on British colonial urbanization, The Making of Colonial Lucknow, 1856-77 (1984, 1990);  Dowry Murder: The Imperial Origins of a Cultural Crime (2001), which combines her interest in colonial history, anthropology, and the politics of gender; and an edited volume,  Shaam e Avadh: Writings on Lucknow (2007).  She is perhaps best known for her article  on the courtesans of Lucknow..”Lifestyle as Resistance: The Case of the Courtesans of Lucknow,” first published in 1990 and reprinted in anthologies and scholarly journals.  Her most recent publication is Gurgaon: From Mythic Village to Millennium City (2018).

February 7 & 8 – Liberalism and Democracy: Past, Present, Prospects (conference at the New School)

February 7 & 8 – Liberalism and Democracy: Past, Present, Prospects (conference at the New School)

Liberal democracy is under assault as never before. Nations
around the world, including the United States, have seen
wave after wave of shocking, sometimes intolerant popular
revolts. How can avowed liberals, conservatives, socialists,
and democrats rise to this epochal challenge?

Join distinguished scholars, journalists, and policy experts
for a two-day public seminar exploring the issue. This is the second of two conferences organized by James Miller (Professor of Politics, New School for Social Research) and Helena Rosenblatt (Professor of History, CUNY Graduate Center). Sponsored by The New School in partnership with City University of New York, Graduate Center. (The first – The Many Faces of Liberalism Conference at the GC on October 2nd – was a resounding success. We are proud to announce that the keynote conversation can be found on YouTube here.)

Interested? Register here.

Liberalism and Democracy-NEW SCHOOL poster
February 7 – The Construction of the Postwar Haredi Landscape in the West Bank & the Swiss Alps

February 7 – The Construction of the Postwar Haredi Landscape in the West Bank & the Swiss Alps

Please join us for our upcoming CJH Seminar in Jewish History on Thursday, February 7, from 4-6pm, featuring Brett Levi’s project:

Between Enchantment and Estrangement: The Construction of the Postwar Haredi Landscape in the West Bank and the Swiss Alps

Brett’s paper analyzes the post-World War II history of Haredi (“ultra-Orthodox”) engagement with geography and the Haredi production of space. Ideology and strategy, in concert with demographic, economic, and political factors, propelled the development of a vast transnational Haredi landscape, an imagined and concrete network of neighborhoods, towns, institutions, and leisure spaces wherein internal cultural norms and external relations could be managed. Brett will evaluate tensions in Haredi spatial thought by juxtaposing two seemingly unrelated cases: Haredi debates over establishing Haredi towns in the West Bank, and the postwar history of rabbinic vacations in the Swiss and Austrian Alps. The Biblically-resonant landscapes of the West Bank and the resort villages of the Alps have at least two common characteristics: large numbers of postwar Haredim encountered both these areas as residents and seasonal visitors, respectively, and Haredim have articulated both enchantment with and estrangement from both places. Haredi writings about the West Bank and Switzerland reveal ways in which Haredim have constituted symbolic and tangible space and grappled with the importance of religious and political geography. Exploring internal Haredi discussions about the limits of Haredi space in places as disparate as the West Bank and Switzerland offers a lens with which to understand the broader postwar spatial development of the global Jewish population’s fastest growing segment.

Ayala Fader, Professor of Anthropology at the Fordham University, will respond to the paper.

Brett Levi is a PhD candidate in the Department of Hebrew & Judaic Studies and Taub Center for Israel Studies at New York University. He holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied History, Jewish Studies, and History of Art, and a master’s degree from Harvard University, where he was awarded the Center for Middle Eastern Studies 2013 prize for best master’s thesis for his paper “Hasidic Geopolitics and the Greater Land of Israel: Israeli Hasidic Rebbes Encounter the West Bank, Gaza, and Territorial Withdrawal, 1982–2013.” Brett is a Graduate Research Fellow at the Center for Jewish History in the 2018-19 academic year.

Feb 11: Rally in Albany for funding and support for students with disabilities in higher ed

Feb 11: Rally in Albany for funding and support for students with disabilities in higher ed


along with the CUNY Coalition for Students with Disabilities



FEBRUARY 11, 2019

10:00AM TO 3:00PM






REGISTER HERE: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfEw00uuyzxJpBAQK9UbZiiN6bOqP1MetTRl1q_SY4Hjzq6cQ/viewform


Details from the organizers (tentative):


Legislative Action and Advocacy Rally with Press Conference

The legislation being proposed supports additional funding and support for students with disabilities in higher education in NY State. It has been over twenty years since this budget has been increased, and so the “pie” has been cut into smaller and smaller slices for over two decades. This legislation is long overdue, and it is important to demonstrate that the student (and faculty and staff) population supports it.


  • Buses leave John Jay at 7am and return 7pm, on Monday, February 11.
  • All activities will be indoors, except when moving (about three blocks) from the convention center (activities 10am-3pm) to the state capitol for the press conference (1pm).
  • The goal is to have at least ten people representing every CUNY college.
  • The organizers have requested that participants wear paraphernalia with their college logo.
  • SUNY SA will also be participating; this is an occasion for students (and faculty and staff) statewide to convene.
  • There should be an opportunity for legislative action and advocacy training during the bus ride.


CCSD is requesting that interested participants sign-up, so that they can accurately assess the need for buses:




Participants willing to bring tablets** to form a “Skype brigade” by partnering with those participating virtually should contact the manager of GC student disability services, Clare Wilson (cwilson1@gc.cuny.edu).

**(with data service, in case there is no wifi access)