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September 2019

New Directions in British Urban History

09/12/2019 - 09/13/2019

This conference will bring together leading scholars working in the field of modern British urban and planning history. Bridging this sub-field in the UK and in the US, this conference has three main objectives. The first is to provide a forum for discussing the current flurry of written work on British urban life (seven of the participants have recent or forthcoming monographs on twentieth-century British urban history). Our long term goal is to produce a special issue in "Planning Perspectives"…

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October 2019

Book Parts


The field of book history has never been more vibrant, nor has the importance of interrogating the material dimensions of text, its creation and circulation and consumption, been more clear, as digital media upend traditional modes of publishing, reading, and even academic librarianship. “What is a book?” is a question whose stakes have never been higher, and book historians and bibliographers have risen to the challenge, producing work that examines not just how books exist as physical objects, but how…

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November 2019

Indigenous Peoples and Borders: decolonization, contestation, trans-border practices

11/11/2019 - 11/12/2019

Indigenous Peoples’ sovereignty, cultural integrity, connection to the land and their overall well-being continue to be threatened, defined and constrained by borders. This symposium aims at offering a rare opportunity for indigenous (focused) scholars and practitioners to engage in dialogue in and through border studies. This burgeoning research field can enrich our global knowledge community and vice versa, stimulate border studies scholars to address topics of particular importance for the lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples. In a separate background note,…

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Schoff Memorial Lectures

11/11/2019 at 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00pm on Monday, repeating until 11/25/2019

Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
New York,

THE UNIVERSITY SEMINARS & COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS announce the twenty-seventh series of the LEONARD HASTINGS SCHOFF MEMORIAL LECTURES Madeleine Zelin Dean Lung Professor of Chinese Studies; Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University CHINA SEMI-INCORPORATED: THE BATTLE FOR A CHINESE LEGAL MODERNITY IN THE EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2019, 8 PM I: The “Company” Will Save Us: Utopian Visions of the Corporation in Late Qing China MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2019, 8 PM II: Local…

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An Urban World: The Changing Landscape of Suburbs and Cities

11/14/2019 - 11/15/2019

3:00 pm to 6:30 pm on November 14th and 9:00 am to 6:00 pm on November 15th.  RSVP to: smk2209@columbia.edu PROGRAM Thursday November 14, 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm 2:30–3:00 pm  REGISTRATION 3:00 pm    WELCOME Ira Katznelson, Interim Provost & Ruggles Professor of Political Science & History, Columbia University Lisa Keller, Chair, Seminar on the City, The University Seminars, Columbia University 3:15 pm    KEYNOTE ADDRESS Introduction: Ann Thornton, Vice Provost and University Librarian, Columbia University Kenneth T. Jackson, Barzun…

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February 2020

Seminars Wine Reception

02/10/2020 at 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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One event on 04/29/2020 at 5:00pm

Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive
New York,

Come meet chairs and members from other seminars and bring along friends who are interested in learning more about The University Seminars program. The University Seminars office staff and Advisory Board will attend.

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Iraqi Studies: Past, Present, and Future

02/28/2020 - 02/29/2020

This two-day conference brings together a diverse group of established and emerging scholars working on the history of modern Iraq from the Ottoman period to the present to interrogate Iraqi studies; taking stock of its past, reflecting on the present, and looking towards its future. Studies of modern Iraq have grown qualitatively and quantitatively in recent years. There is now a critical mass of innovative scholars in the US, Europe, and the Middle East who work on Iraq and are…

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March 2020

All 2020 Spring Events Canceled due to COVID-19


The COVID-19 is now categorized as a pandemic by the CDC. Columbia's classes will be held virtually for the remainder of the semester and all non-essential gatherings are restricted. In line with these measures, The University Seminars has decided to cancel all in-person seminars and conferences for the remainder of the semester. Our Annual Dinner, which was originally scheduled for late April, has been postponed until the fall. For those who wish to hold meetings over Zoom, Skype or Google…

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