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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

03/06/2024 Faculty House, Columbia University
4:00 PM
A conversation with Caitlin Meehye Beach (Fordham), author of Sculpture at the Ends of Slavery (University of California Press 2022), and Emilie Boone (NYU) , author of A Nimble Arc: James Van Der Zee and Photography (Duke University Press 2023)
Caitlin Meehye Beach, Fordham University

Emilie Boone, New York University

04/03/2024 Zoom
4:00 PM
A conversation with Clifton Boyd (NYU), author of Racial Dissonance: American Barbershop Harmony in the Age of Jim Crow (in progress), and Matthew D. Morrison (NYU), author of Blacksound: Making Race and Popular Music in the United States (University of California Press 2024)
Clifton Boyd , New York University

Matthew Morrison , New York University