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The concern of this seminar is the history, literature, and culture of the United States, focusing on the period from the nineteenth century to the present. Recent subjects have ranged from Margaret Fuller to the Hawaiian sovereignty movement, from Asian American fashion designers to letters from former slaves who settled in Liberia. A number of presentations have positioned the United States in transnational or comparative contexts. The seminar’s strength is the variety of fields represented by its intellectually active participants. The very lively discussion periods are one of the most appealing aspects of this seminar.

Diane Detournay

Brandy Monk-Payton

May Niiya

Meeting Schedule

10/18/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
A conversation with Neferti X.M. Tadiar (Barnard), author of Remaindered Life (Duke University Press 2022) and Reena N. Goldthree (Princeton)
Neferti X.M. Tadiar , Barnard College

Reena N. Goldthree, Princeton University

11/14/2023 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
A conversation with Kelli Moore (NYU), author of Legal Spectatorship: Slavery and the Visual Culture of Domestic Violence (Duke University Press 2022), and Amber Musser (CUNY ), author of the forthcoming Between Shadows and Noise: Sensation, Situatedness, and the Undisciplined (Duke University Press 2024)
Kelli Moore, New York University

Amber Musser, CUNY Graduate School