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Past Workshops


Spring 2014

Marianne Hirsch, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and Professor in the Institute for Research on Women and Gender
School Pictures in Liquid Time: Assimilation, Exclusion, Resistance
 
Andrea Thome, Playwright (Pinkolandia; Undone) and the Program Director of the Mexico-US Playwright Exchange at the Lark Play Development Center
Confronting our Parents' Dictatorship: A New Generation of Chilean Theater-Makers Uncovers the Ongoing Legacy of Political Violence
 
Sara Dubow, Associate Professor of History at Williams College
“A Constitutional Right Rendered Utterly Meaningless”: Conscience Clauses and Abortion Politics,
1973-2013
 
Sarah Stillman, Staff writer, The New Yorker
Reporting the Under-Reported
 
Barbara Fried, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
Facing up to Scarcity
 
Dorothy Roberts, Professor of Law and Sociology and Professor of Civil Rights, University of Pennsylvania
“Loving v. Virginia” as a Civil Rights Decision
 


Fall 2013

Martin Gold, Senior Counsel at Covington and Burling
Congress and the Chinese Exclusion Laws: A Legislative History

Jon Butler, Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies at Yale University and Adjunct Research Professor of History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
God, Gotham, and the Enchantment of Modernity
 
James Harding, Professor of Theatre and Performance, University of Warwick
Reflections on What the 1963 Self Immolation of Thich Quang Duc Means for the Theory and Politics of Avant-Garde Performance
Yael Sternhell, Assistant Professor of History and American Studies, Tel Aviv University
The Politics of Paperwork: The Confederate Archives and the Making of Sectional Reconciliation

Sophie White, Visiting Research Scholar, Department of History, Princeton University and Associate Professor of American Studies, University of Notre Dame
Voices of Slave Resistance in Early America and Beyond

Franklin Odo, Retired Founding Director of Smithsonian Institution's Asian Pacific American Center; Senior Advisor to National Park Service; Visiting Lecturer in American Studies Program
Discussion of book, Voices From The Canefields: Folksongs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawai'i

Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology, Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, Professor of Africana Studies, Univ of Pennsylvania
Loving v. Virginia as a Civil Rights Decision


Spring 2013
 
Andrew Jewett, Associate Professor of History and Social Studies, Harvard University
The Columbia Naturalists and the Birth of Religious Studies in America
 
Daniel Rodgers, Henry Charles Lea Professor of History
John Winthrop's "As a City Upon a Hill": Toward the Biography of a Text
 
Eric Slauter, Director, The Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture and Associate Professor of English at University of Chicago
Walden's Carbon Footprint: People, Plants, Animals, and Machines in the Making of an Environmental Classic
 
CANCELLED
Rachel Lee, Associate Professor of English at University of California, Los Angeles
A Gut Feminist Approach to Margaret Cho's Exploding Pussies
 
Nancy Malkiel, Professor of History
Coeducation:  Bringing Undergraduate Women to Princeton (and Yale, and . . . )
 
Peter Coviello, Professor of English, Bowdoin College
How the Mormons Became White: Polygamy, Indigeneity, Sovereignty
 
Imani Perry, Professor, Center for African American Studies
The Anthem of a People: Lift Every Voice, Citizenship and the Global South
 
Mary Anne Case, Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law, University of Chicago
Why Evangelical Protestants Are Right When They Say That State Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages Threatens Their Marriages and What the Law Should Do About It


Fall 2012

Lisa Ford, Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities at the University of New South Wales
The Legal History of the Pacific?

Ken Kersch, Associate Professor of Political Science, History, and Law at Boston College
Beyond Segregationist Subterfuge: Stories About Federalism in Postwar Conservative Constitutionalism
 
Ray Arsenault, John Hope Franklin Professor of Southern History, Univ of South Florida
Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice

Louis Masur, Professor of American Studies and History at Rutgers University
Liberty is a Slow Fruit: Reconsidering the Emancipation Proclamation


CANCELLED
Rachel Lee, Associate Professor of English at UCLA
Exquisite Corpse of Asian America

Daniel Rivers, Associate Research Scholar with the Council of the Humanities 
From Effeminists to Chairdaddies: A History of Gay Father Groups in the United States, 1975-1992

Caley Horan, Lecturer in Department of History
Risk, Governance, and Actuarialism in the Post-WWII United States
 

 


Spring 2012

Vogue and Ephemera
Brad Evans, Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University

Architecture, Religion, and Community in the New Suburb of Park Forest, Illinois, 1948-1970
Gretchen Buggeln, Professor of Art History and Humanities, Valparaiso University

Other Homes, Other Fronts: Native America during the Civil War
Scott Manning Stevens, Director of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library

The Ultimate To-Do List: the Ten Commandments and the Ordering of America
Jenna Weissman Joselit, Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of History, George Washington University

Towards an Indigenous History of the United States
Ned Blackhawk, Professor of History and American Studies, Yale University
 
Western Landscapes and the Dreamwork of Whiteness: The Virginian in the The Virginian
Paul Outka, Associate Professor of English, University of Kansas
 


Fall 2011

Apostles of Race: Religion and Black Racial Identity in the Urban North, 1920-1950
Judith Weisenfeld, Professor of Religion, Princeton University

Where Property Meets Poetry: Experiments in the Digital Humanities with William Byrd II and Susan Howe's "Histories of the Dividing Line"
Sarah Luria, Department of English, College of the Holy Cross

Cops, Gangsters, and Revolutionaries in the 1960s Chicago: What Black Police Can Tell Us About Power
Beryl Satter, Professor of History, Rutgers University

Slavery and Colonization in Early New England
Wendy Warren, Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University

Law and the Black Church, 1865-1940
Dylan Penningroth, Associate Professor of History, Northwestern University

Spring 2011

Nonmarital Childbirth and Child Development in the U.S.: The Relevance of Marriage Propensity and Family Change
Rebecca Ryan
Cosponsored with the Program in the Study of Gender and Sexuality and the Bendheim Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing 

In Defiance of Amnesia: Reading Postwar American Jewish Poetry
Julian Levinson
Cosponsored with the Program in Judaic Studies and funded by the Lapidus Family Fund in American Jewish Studies

‘Culture-a-Go-Go’: The Ghirardelli Square Sculpture Controversy and the Liberation of Civic Design in the 1960s
Alison Isenberg
Cosponsored with the Department of History

TALES OF POTOSI: and the Challenge of Narrative History
John Demos
Cosponsored with the Department of History

Representing Japan: Japanese Hip-Hop DJs, the Global Stage, and Defining a "National" Style
Noriko Manabe
Cosponsored with the Department of Music

Damned Nation? The Concept of Hell in American Life
Kathryn Gin
Cosponsored with the Department of Religion 
 
Against the Profit Motive: The Transformation of American Government, 1780-1940
Nick Parillo
Cosponsored with the Program in Law and Public Affairs

Fall 2010

From Megan's Law to Bernie Madoff: A Conversation with Judge Denny Chin '75 
The Honorable Denny Chin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
Cosponsored with the Program in Law and Public Affairs

How Can Cancer Make Sense? Grappling with the Uncertainty of Cancer Production and Treatment in the U.S.
Lochlann Jain
Cosponsored with the Program in the Study of Women and Gender and the Anthropology Department
 
Intellectual Property and Social Movements in 19th Century America
Steven Wilf
Cosponsored with the Program in Law and Public Affairs
 
'Queer for Uncle Sam': Anita's Diva Citizenship in West Side Story
Deb Paredez
Cosponsored with the Program in the Study of Women and Gender  and the Program in Theater
 
Underlying Conditions: A Prehistory of AIDS, 1960-1980
Lisa Diedrich
Cosponsored with the Program in the Study of Women and Gender and the Program in the History of Science 
 
Freaks and Geeks - Writing about Digital Culture
David Kushner
 
The Language of Early America
Sarah Rivett
Cosponsored with the Department of English 
 
Radical Empiricism: Atlantic Race Science and the Literature of Emancipation
Britt Rusert
Cosponsored with the Center for African American Studies

Fall 2009

From Appomattox to Juneteenth:  African American Commemoration of Lee's Surrender and the End of Slavery
Elizabeth R. Varon, Professor of History and Associate Director, Center for the Humanities, Temple University

Musical Recourses, Mystical Qualities: Cuba Linda Lifts the Studies Protocol
Alexandra Vazquez, Assistant Professor of English and African American Studies

Tolstoy's Rabbi,  American Progressivism and Jewish Agriculture:  A First Look at Dr. Joseph Krauskopf and the Founding of the National Farm School
Rabbi Lance Sussman, Visiting Professor of Religion and Senior Rabbi, Congregation Keneseth Israel
Cosponsored with the Program in Judaic Studies

Women at Arms: The Female Shape of the All-Volunteer Force
Elizabeth Hillman, Professor of Law, Hastings College of the Law, University of California and Lizette Alvarez, National Correspondent, The New York Times
Cosponsored with the Program in the Study of Women and Gender


Our Father: School Prayer and the Challenges of Interfaith Politics
Neil Young, Lecturer in History

Cuisine du Terroir (Regional Cooking), at home and abroad
Amy Trubek, Food Anthropologist and Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Food Science, University of Vermont

Adrift in the Archives: Venturing into the Backstage of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Jonathan Rieder, Professor of Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University
Cosponsored with the Center for African American Studies


Spring 2010

Instead of Waiting for the Thirteenth Amendment: War Power, Slave Marriage, and Inviolate Human Rights
Amu Dru Stanley, Associate Professor of History, University of  Chicago

Confederate Reckoning:  Arming Slaves in the C.S.A.
Stephanie McCurry, University of Pennsylvania

Disability, Anti-Professionalism, and Civil Rights: The National Federation of the Blind and the ‘Right to Organize’ in the 1950s
Felicia Kornbluh, Director, Women's and Gender Studies Program and Associate Professor of History, University of Vermont

Campfire Talk: The Los Angeles Urban Rangers Enact the Megalopolis
Jenny Price, writer, history Ph.D., Los Angeles Urban Ranger

Notes on an Iconoclasm: Aesthetic Spoliation and the American Practice of War in the Province of Manila, 1899
JoAnne Mancini, Department of History, National University of Ireland Maynooth and Visitor, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study

Education Reform atop the Nation's Agenda
Justin Cohen, Mass Insight Education and Research Institute
Jon Schnur, New Leaders for New Schools
Cosponsored with the Program in Law and Public Affairs

Representing a Race: The Creation of the Civil Rights Lawyer
Ken Mack, Professor of Law, Harvard University
Cosponsored with the Program in Law and Public Affairs

Courting the State: Law in the Making of the Modern American State
William E. Forbath, Lloyd M. Bentsen Chair in Law and Professor of History, University of Texas-Austin
Cosponsored with the Program in Law and Public Affairs


FALL 2008


Jackson Lears, Board of Governors Professor of History, Rutgers University and Eric Rauchway, Professor of History, University of California-Davis.
New Narratives for the Century's Turn: Rethinking the Gilded Age and Progressive Era

Sam Freedman, Professor of Journalism, Columbia University
The Big Game: Football and Freedom in the Civil Rights South - focusing on the 1967 football season at Grambling and Florida A&M

Leigh Bienen, Senior Lecturer, Northwestern University School of Law and Director, Chicago Historical Homicide Project
The Life and Times of Florence Kelley, Factory Inspector in Chicago, 1890-1899: 55,000 Documents and the Challenges of the Digital Age

John Palattella, Literary Editor, The Nation
Book Reviews are Dying, Long Live Book Reviews: Literary Journalism Today

Josh Kun, Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, Department of American Studies & Ethnicity, USC 
The Treasure Hunt of Tradition: Re-visiting the archives of Jewish-American music

Barbara Welke, Professor of Law and Associate Professor of History, University of Minnesota
No One Thought Children Might Die: Owning Hazard in the Twentieth Century U.S. Consumer Economy


SPRING 2009
 
Susan Coutin, Professor, Department of Criminology, Law, and Society and Department of Anthropology, University of California-Irvine and Director, UCI Center in Law, Society and Culture
Citizenship and Membership at Odds?  Legal Histories of One-and-a-half Generation Salvadoran Migrants

Jose Emmanuel Raymundo, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Center for African American Studies
Unbreakable Cord: Dogs, Lepers and Other Colonial Animals in the US Occupied Philippines

April Masten, Associate Professor of American History,  Stony Brook University (SUNY)
'Man and Money Ready': Challenge Dancing in Antebellum America


Emily Thompson, Professor, Department of History
'Two Turntables and a Microphone': The Curious Proto-History of D.J. Technology

Eduardo Canedo, Link-Cotsen Fellow, Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts and Lecturer, Department of History
George Stigler, Ralph Nader, and the Ideological Origins of American Deregulation, 1962-1973

Christine Desan, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Making Money:  the Measure of the Market Reconsidered

Jennifer R. Uhlmann, Washington University in St. Louis, History Department

Reflections on the Historiography of the Civil Rights Movement


FALL 2007

Dan Tarlock, Distinguished Professor of Law, Chicago Kent College of Law
Anatomy of a Water War in the Klamath Basin: Macho Law, Combat Biology and Dirty Politics 


Bonnie Martin, The Gilder-Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, & Abolition, Yale University
Poetry and Peril: Mortgaging Slaves in 18th- and 19th-Century America


Kimberly Smith, Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and Humanities

Understanding Environmental Justice 

Catherine Fisk, Douglas Blount Maggs Professor of Law, Duke University
Attribution, Intellectual Property, and Professional Reputation in the 20th Century 


Melani McAlister, Visiting Fellow, Davis Center for Historical Studies and Associate Professor of American Studies and International Affairs, George Washington University and Marie Griffith, Professor of Religion and Director, Program in the Study of Women and Gender

Religion and Politics in Contemporary America


SPRING 2008

Imani Perry, Visiting Professor of Center for African American Studies and Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law-Camden
Exceptionally Yours: Racial Escape Hatches in Contemporary U.S. Culture

Nell Irvin Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita
Was Marie White?: The Trajectory of a Question in the United States

Jonathan Sarna, Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University
The Mystical World of Colonial American Jews: From Colonial Judaism to American Judaism

Lisbeth Haas, Visiting Fellow, History and the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies and Associate Professor, History, University of California-Santa Cruz
Politically Defeated but with Power: The writing of Luiseño Indian Scholar Pablo Tac,  l821-41

Joshua Dubler, Visiting Instructor of Religion, Haverford College
Religious Practice in a Maximum Security Prison


Scott Deveaux, Associate Professor,  McIntire Department of Music, University of Virginia
"Fusion" as an Alternative Narrative for Jazz History

 


FALL 2006

David Treuer, novelist, essayist and Associate Professor of Literature, University of Minnesota
Culture as Style in Native American Literature

Robert Gordon, Chancellor Kent Professor of Law and Legal History, Yale Law School
The Legal Profession, 1870-2000

Sarah Whiting, Assistant Professor of Architectural History and Theory
Thinking Big:  Chicago's Modern Urbanism

David Ball, English Department

F. Scott Fitzgerald, Failure, and American Modernism

Chin Jou, Department of History
"Your Stomach Must Be Disciplined:" Lulu Hunt Peters and the beginnings of Calorie-Counting in Corporeal Self-Regulation, 1886-1924

Peter Nabokov, Visiting Professor of the Council of the Humanities, Stewart Fellow in Anthropology; World Arts and Culture and American Indian Studies, UCLA
A Life Behind a Myth:  The Passages of Edward Proctor Hunt

Rachael Z. DeLue, Department of Art and Archaeology
Diagnosing Pictures and the Science of Seeing in America circa 1900

Thorin Tritter, Department of History
Carving a Different Path: New York City’s Newspaper Industry and their Business Model, 1830-1930


SPRING 2007 

Elizabeth Crist, Assistant Professor of Music
"Of Rage and Remembrance," Music, and Memorials:  The Work of Mourning in John Corigiano's Symphony No. 1 (1989)

Alec Dun, Lecturer in History
Elizabeth Drinker's Haitian Revolution

Michael Kammen, Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture, Cornell University
How the Mall in Washington Became the Nation's Most Venerated Civic Space 


FALL 2005

Laura Stark, Department of Sociology

Changing the Subject:  The Science and Ethics of Deception in American Psychology, 1966-1973

Randall Bauer, Department of Music
A Certain State of Surrender:  Toward a Jarrettian Landscape of Spontaneity

Jennifer Legath, Department of Religion
For Love or Money:  Deaconesses, Consecration, and Cold, Hard Cash


SPRING 2006

Joanna Dyl, Department of History
"The Class War is Raging:"  San Francisco After the 1906 Earthquake

Danielle Elliott, Department of English
Middle Passage Sensibilities in the Poetry of Lucille Clifton

Prof. Daniel Richter, University of Pennsylvania, Department of History
Two Medieval Civilizations

Kyoko Sato, Department of Sociology
It's Like Any Other Food:  How Genetically Modified Food Has Become Normalized in the United States

Craig Barton Upright, Department of Sociology
The Rural-Urban Connection in Co-operative Food Movements

Belinda Huang, Department of History
Redefining Chineseness in the Trans-Pacific Community:  Curriculum and Activities of Chinese-language Schools in San Francisco, 1907-1919


Fall 2004

Laura Clawson, Department of Sociology
Going Hollywood:  Participation, Performance, and the Commercialization of Sacred Harp Music

Thorin Tritter, Department of History and Program in American Studies
New York's Newspaper Buildings:  The Fall of Park Row and the Rise of Modern Journalism

Christopher Roy, Department of Anthropology
"Canadian Indians":  Histories of Abenaki Residence Off the Reserve and South of the Border

Jennifer Greeson, Department of English
Expropriating The Great South:  Global Imaginaries of the First Reconstruction


SPRING 2005

Traci Schlesinger, Department of Sociology
The Limits of Colorblind Anti-Discrimination Law:  An Empirical Assessment of Determinate Sentencing Policies

Drew Levy, Department of History
Recovering the Folklore of the Camera:  MoMa's "The American Snapshot" (1944) in Historical Perspective

Bryan Shelly, Department of Politics
Gold Towns and Shark Pools:  The Effect of School Finance Reform on Vermont's School Boards

Mariah Zeisberg, Department of Politics
Interbranch Conflict and Constitutional Fidelity:  A Relational Understanding of Executive War Power


FALL 2003

Carol Sanger, Columbia Law School
Compelling Narrative:  Judicial By-Pass Hearings and the Misuse of Law

Margaret L. Usdansky
, Department of Sociology and the School of Population Research, Princeton University
Defining Harm:  Depictions of Single-Parent Families in U.S. Magazines, 1900-1998

Tamar Zinguer
, School of Architecture, Princeton University
The Toy, Charles and Ray Eames, 1951

Elizabeth Boyle Machlan, Department of English, Princeton University
'Do We Need All That Space?': Architecture and Anxiety in Henry James' "The
Jolly Corner" and David Fincher's "Panic Room"


SPRING 2004

Linda Gordon, Stone Visiting Professor of History
The Photography of Dorothea Lange and Diane Arbus:
Political Culture, Gender Studies

Brooke Blower, Department of History
Politics on Parade:  The American Legion Returns to Paris

Nicole Sackley, Department of History
Take-off Dreams:  American Social Scientists and the Promise of India, 1947-1961