Monthly Archives: September 2015

Cold War Seminar- Kathryn McGarr- The Roots of National Security Exceptionalism, in Post-War Washington Reporting -October 1 (4:00 PM)

Kathryn McGarr will discuss her paper ““Off the Record”: The roots of national security exceptionalism in post-war Washington reporting” on Thursday October 1. You can find a copy of the paper attached to this email. Nicholas Lemann, a Professor of Journalism at Columbia, will join as the commentator.

The seminar will take place from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the Tamiment Library conference room, on the tenth floor of the Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South. As always, a reception with wine and cheese will follow the Q & A session.

You can find more information about our seminars and other events here:

Friday, September 25 – Mark Sanders: Why Are You Learning Zulu? What I Learned About My History When I Learned Zulu

Please join The Comparatorium in ringing in the new academic year with the first Comparative Literature colloquium of the semester, featuring a talk by Professor Mark Sanders entitled “Why Are You Learning Zulu?: What I Learned About My History When I Learned Zulu.”

This event will be held Friday, September 25 at 4:00 PM in room 222, 19 University Place. 


Book Launch: Struggle in a Time of Crisis- October 2nd

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
6:30 pm8:00 pm
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

The Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to a panel discussion for the launch of Struggle in a Time of Crisis (Pluto Press & University of Chicago Press), edited by Nicolas Pons-Vignon and Mbuso Nkosi.

It is becoming increasingly clear that class struggle is at the core of the crisis which started in 2007. The victory of neoliberalism is closely related to two decades of successful attacks on trade unions, in particular in the west. Progressive research is more than ever needed in order to inform and energise anti-neoliberal struggles.

Struggle in a Time of Crisis is a global collection of essays by an array of contributors from the Global Labour Column. Its goal is to provide insights into the dynamics of neoliberalism and its persistence – it will stimulate debates about the continued impact of the crisis, focusing on labour as both a victim and a crucial social force which can push for an alternative. Examples of the subjects it covers include the Indonesian Sportswear Industry, Chinese construction companies in Africa, mining in South Africa, job quality in Europe, globalised ‘T-shirt economics’ and the marketisation and securitisation of UK international aid, amongst many others.

Panel Participants

Vivek Chibber, Department of Sociology, NYU

Stephanie Luce, City University of New York

Nicolas Pons-Vignon, Senior Researcher, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa – editor of Struggle in a Time of Crisis
Carol Anne Spreen, 
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, NYU

Ilan Strauss, New School for Social Research – contributor to Struggle in a Time of Crisis

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Kevin Kruse- One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America- September 29 (6:00 PM)

Kevin Kruse, a Professor of History at Princeton, will discuss his new book One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America at the Tamiment Library on September 29 at 6:00 PM.
“Kruse tells a big and important story about the mingling of religiosity and politics since the 1930s.”- New York Times Book Review

Copies of One Nation Under God will be available to purchase. Food and drinks will be available after the lecture. The event is cosponsored by the Tamiment Library and the Center for the United States and the Cold War. 
RSVP at RSVP.Bobst[at] with guest names & title of event.
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Worldmaking: The Art and Science of Diplomacy – A Lecture by David Milne, Thursday, October 1, 5:30pm

Worldmaking: The Art and Science of Diplomacy
––A Lecture by David Milne
David Milne is a senior lecturer in modern history at
the University of East Anglia. He is the author of America’s
Rasputin: Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War and senior
editor of the two-volume Oxford Encyclopedia of American
Military and Diplomatic History. Milne has held visiting
fellowships at Yale University, the Gilder-Lehrman Institute
for American History, and the American Philosophical
Society. In addition to academic journals, his writing has
appeared in the Los Angeles Times and The Nation.
Thursday, October 1, 5:30pm
Dean’s Conference Room, 1 Washington Place, 8th Floor
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