Events: Week of October 12, 2020
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NYU’s Department of History and Institute of French Studies Present:

Taking down public monuments in France and the United States: A transatlantic conversation

Roundtable discussion with:
Sarah Gensburger, Lydie Moudileno, and Kirk Savage
Moderated by Anne L. Hollmuller
Sarah Genburger is a Senior Researcher in Social Sciences at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. Her research interests explore public policies of memory. She is the author of several books including the forthcoming Beyond Memory. Can we really learn from the past? (2020 and 2017); Memory on my doorstep. Chronicles of the Bataclan NeighborhoodNational Policy, Global Memory (2019 and 2016); The Commemoration of the Righteous among the Nations from Jerusalem to Paris (2016 and 2010).

Anne L. Hollmuller is a doctoral student in History and French Studies at NYU. Her dissertation examines how French cultural institutions revisit the colonial legacy.

Lydie Moudileno is Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French and Professor of French and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Her research examines African, Caribbean and French fiction from a literary, cultural studies, postcolonial theory and critical race theory perspective, with a focus on the Francophone Global South and Black France. Her two most recent publications offer new interventions in French cultural studies: Mythologies postcoloniales: Décoloniser le quotidien (2018), and Postcolonial Realms of Memory: Signs and Symbols in Modern France (2020).

Kirk Savage is William S. Dietrich II Professor of History of Art and Architecture at the University of Pittsburgh. He specializes in the art of the United States, public art and memory studies. He is the author of several books, including Monument Wars: Washington, D.C., the National Mall, and the Transformation of the Memorial Landscape(2009), and Standing Soldiers, Kneeling Slaves: Race, War, and Monument in Nineteenth-Century America (1997; 2nd edition 2018).

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 12:30 PM EST

Please join us at this linkPlease note that you will need to have a Zoom account and be signed in to join the meeting.

Events in Other Departments:

Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Presents:

Bernhardt Labor Journalism Forum
Join us for a panel with Steven Greenhouse and Natasha Bunten and to celebrate the winners of the 2020 Bernhardt Labor Journalism Prize

The Bernhardt Prize honors journalism that furthers the understanding of the history of working people. The event and the prize honor the vision of the late Debra E. Bernhardt, who worked in so many different realms to share the hidden histories of working people.

New York Labor History Association and NYU's Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives sponsor this award in order to inspire more great writing for a general audience about the history of work, workers, and their organizations. The award is co-sponsored by LaborArts; Metro New York Labor Communications Council; and the NYC Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO.

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Time: 6:00 -7:30 PM EST

The Museum at FIT and the Museum at Eldridge Street Presents:

Fashion Metropolis Berlin Uwe Westphal in conversation
with Keren Ben-Horin
moderated by Jennifer Altmann

Berlin was a fashion capital in the 1920s, with hundreds of thriving clothing manufacturers, most of them Jewish, before it was snuffed out by the Nazis. Author Uwe Westphal shares this history in a discussion with fashion historian Keren Ben-Horin and journalist Jennifer Altmann, whose grandfather ran one of Berlin’s fashion houses.

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Time: 6:00 -7:00 PM EST


Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020
Time: 7:00 - 8:20 PM PM EST

Hosted by Jewish Currents, co-sponsored by the Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History

Webinar Series: Jews, Class, and American History
Here is a story you might find familiar: the early 20th century was a golden age of Jewish working-class radical activism. But after World War II, upward-mobility, suburbanization, and assimilation into whiteness caused many Jews to lose their moorings and embrace increasingly conservative ideas. The new organized “Jewish Establishment” exponentially grew its wealth and influence and began to undemocratically shape Jewish communal life.

How much of this narrative is true? And what does it mean for communities struggling for justice today?

These and other pressing questions will be discussed by our participants, who range from historians of American Jews, to scholars of labor, gender, wealth, philanthropy, to journalists, politicians, teachers, and political organizers. Join us for this exciting intellectual and historical event.

Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00 PM - 1980s: Philanthropic Establishment

The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities at
Columbia University Presents:

Roy Foster, On Seamus Heaney
Join us for an online conversion with Professor Roy Foster about his new book, "On Seamus Heaney" (Princeton University Press, 2020). Published this fall, "On Seamus Heaney" is a vivid and original account of one of Ireland’s greatest poets by an acclaimed Irish historian and literary biographer. Professor Foster will be in conversation with NYU's Dr. Kelly Sullivan.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 12:30-1:45 PM EST

[Online] Silsila Fall 2020 Lecture Series, Islam in Africa: Material Histories Presents:


Mark DeLancey, DePaul University

The Palace of King Njoya was built in Foumban, Cameroon in 1917-1922 in a style that combines elements of German colonial architecture, Islamic architecture from Northern Cameroon and Nigeria, and indigenous Bamum architecture. This new style was intended to portray King Njoya as an enlightened Muslim ruler with the ultimate goal of retaining his domain and autonomy under French colonial rule. Although the French soon after deposed King Njoya, and later sent him into exile, the renown of his palace nevertheless sparked a burst of construction in the new style across the region.

Mark Dike DeLancey is Associate Professor and Chair of History of Art and Architecture at DePaul University. He received his BA in combined studio art/art history from Oberlin College in 1996, and his Ph.D. in History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University in 2004. His research is focused on palace architecture in Cameroon, and more recently on calligraphy, contemporary art, and manuscripts in Mauritania. He is the author of Conquest and Construction: Palace Architecture in Northern Cameroon (Brill, 2016) and has published articles in JSAH, Cahiers d’études africaines, and Islamic Africa.

Silsila: Center for Material Histories is an NYU center dedicated to material histories of the Islamicate world. Each semester we hold a thematic series of lectures and workshops, which are open to the public. Details of the Center can be found at:

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 12:30 - 2:30 PM EST


Only registered attendees will be able to access this event.
NYU Institute of French Studies Presents:
Roundtable discussion with Sarah Gensburger (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris), Lydie Moudiléno (USC), and Kirk Savage (University of Pittsburgh) on Taking Down Public Monuments in France and The United States. Moderated by Anne Hollmuller (NYU).

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM EST
Center for European & Mediterranean Studies, Center for Global Affairs Presents:

European Seminar Series | The Green New Deal in Europe and America: Prospects, Challenges, Implications

Europeans and Americans have both called for Green New Deals (GND) to drastically reduce the carbon footprint of their economies and to tackle social inequality. Yet the contours, politics, and prospects of such grand climate policy look quite different on either side of the Atlantic. This panel will explore the prospects, challenges, and implications of GNDs as envisioned in the United States and the European Union. How do European and American roadmaps to a carbon-neutral economy compare? How do the economic and political prospects for a GND differ on either side of the Atlantic in this new world of COVID-19? What role do international organizations and agreements play? And what are the geopolitical and social implications of a world transitioning off fossil fuels?

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 3:00 - 4:30 PM EST

Cultures of War and the Postwar:
Guerrillas in Search of Peace:
Talk by Photojournalist Malcolm Linton

NYU Cultures of War and the Postwar is excited to welcome celebrated photojournalist Malcolm Linton to discuss his new book, Metamorphosis: Guerrillas in Search of Peace, an intimate photo record of the last days of one of the world’s oldest, largest, and most notorious guerrilla groups, the FARC in Colombia, South America. The book recently won first prize in the International Latino Book Awards 2020 in the political/current affairs category.

For more details on any of the above, please contact Emily Foister (, Patrick Deer (, Peter Krause ( or Andrew Zuliani (

Since its formation in 2013 The NYU Cultures of War and the Postwar Research Collaborative has aimed to contribute to the debates around war culture and to produce concrete outcomes for post-war cultural policies which bridge the divides between academia, veterans, the military, activists, writers and creative artists in today’s challenging global climate.

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM EST
RSVP IS REQUIRED: Please email to be sent the meeting link on the day itself.

This event is free and open to the public.
Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Presents:

Ecumenical Liberalism and Civil Rights
in Cold War Chicago

A cold war seminar with Ian Rocksborough-Smith.
This project explores the activities of Catholic liberals who worked against racism in several urban U.S. settings – notably Chicago, Boston and New York.

Ian Rocksborough-Smith teaches history at the University of the Fraser Valley in British Columbia. His primary research interests include the study of late 19th and 20th Century United States, public history, urban studies, and histories of race, religion, and empire in the Atlantic world. He has published in The Black Scholar: Journal of Black Studies and Research, Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, Harvard University’s African American National Biography, The Journal of American Studies of Turkey and The Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society. His book is available for order from the University of Illinois Press entitled: Black Public History in Chicago (April/May 2018).

Commentator- Sara Rzeszutek is an associate professor of history at St. Francis College. She has contributed chapters to Freedom Rights: New Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement and Red Activists and Black Freedom: James and Esther Jackson and the Long Civil Rights Revolution. She is the author of James and Esther Cooper Jackson: Love and Courage in the Black Freedom Movement (University Press of Kentucky, 2018)

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM EST


Date: Friday, October 16, 2020
Time: 1:00 -2:30 PM EST


Dr. Michael Doorley, 22nd Annual Ernie O'Malley Lecture
Justice Daniel Cohalan, or the ‘Judge’ as he became known, is best remembered today for his tempestuous relationship with Irish nationalist leader Éamon de Valera during the latter’s visit to the United States in 1919-1920. Cohalan deserves more attention than this and the story of his life as an American politician and Irish-American nationalist encapsulates the complex relationship between Irish America and Ireland during the early decades of the Twentieth Century.

Date: Friday, October 16, 2020
Time: 12:30-1:45 PM EST

COMING UP: NYU Alumni Networking Event
Date: Friday, October 16, 2020
Time: 6:00-7:30 PM EST

SASA Monthly Book Club/Live Author Q&A

Dr. Bart Ehrman is a New Testament scholar and Distinguished professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has written and edited over 30 books, including three college textbooks and six New York Times bestsellers. He is mostly known for his work on textual criticism, the historical Jesus, and the origins and development of early Christianity.

His latest book, “Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife”, takes on some of the most fascinating questions of human existence: where does the idea of heaven and hell come from, and why have these concepts remained popular among Christians, even though they don't appear in the bible?

Hosted by Tine Rassalle
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM EDT

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Upcoming Department Events:

Global Asia

Global Asia Colloquium 

1. Nicola di Cosmo: “Environmental Aspects of the Mongol Conquest”
November 5th, 8AM EST/9PM CST = 9AM NY time
2. Jonathan Brack: “Religious Tolerance and Interreligious Encounter in the Mongol Empire.”
November 12th, TBD
3. Michal Biran: “The Mongol Imperial Space: From Universalism to Gocalization.”
December 3rd, TBD


Upcoming Events in Other Departments:

COMING UP: The Protracted Present of Uprising
Date: October 20, 2020
Time: 6:30 PM EST
Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Presents:

Amy C. Offner- Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the America

Join Amy C. Offner, as she explores the untold story of how U.S. development efforts in postwar Latin America helped lead to the dismantling of the U.S. welfare state.

Amy C. Offner is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Her book, Sorting Out the Mixed Economy: The Rise and Fall of Welfare and Developmental States in the Americas, was published by Princeton University Press in 2019.

This event is sponsored by the Center of the United States and the Cold War, a partnership between NYU's Department of History and the Tamiment Library at NYU Special Collections.

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 PM EST

Date: Friday, October 23, 2020
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 PM EST


Four day Virtual Public Conference on the recent archaeological and historical research in Israel.

Date: Monday, October 26, 2020
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM EST

Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Presents:

K. Kevyne Baar- Broadway and the Blacklist

During the era often commonly known as McCarthyism, many motion picture and television creators were blacklisted for supposed communist ties. There remained, however, a creative outlet that still welcomed these artists—theatre. K. Kevyne Baar explores the role theatre played during this turbulent period, covering the formation of the Theatre Guild (which birthed the Group Theatre), the short-lived Federal Theatre Project, and the investigations of the motion picture and television industries, and Broadway, by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC).

Activist, actor, archivist, historian and union stage manager K. Kevyne Baar brings a lifetime of professional, personal, and academic experience to Broadway and the Blacklist. She lives in Davis, California.

Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 PM EST
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 PM EST

COMING UP: Aesthetics of Digital Dissent
Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Time: 12:30 PM (NYC) | 7:30 PM (Beirut) | 9:30 AM (LA)
John Connolly, The Dirty South: A Thriller

Join this online event to celebrate the American launch of John Connolly's new novel,
The Dirty South: A Thriller.

John Connolly, the "New York Times" bestselling author of "A Book of Bones" goes back to the very beginning of Private Investigator Charlie Parker’s astonishing career in his brand new novel "The Dirty South: A Thriller" (Emily Bestler Books/Atria Books). John will be in conversation with NYU’s Dr. Miriam Nyhan Grey and Dr. John Waters. The interview will form as an online pre-taping of NYU’s public radio program, "This Irish American Life", which airs weekly on WNYE 91.5 FM and

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2020
Time: 1:00- 2:15 PM


Professor Louise Richardson on
Seamus Heaney

Professor Richardson worked alongside Seamus Heaney while both were at Harvard University, a period during which he served as Oxford Professor of Poetry. She was Seamus Heaney’s personal contact when he was conferred with an Honorary Degree by the University of St Andrews during her tenure as St Andrew’s Vice-Chancellor. Professor Richardson will be introduced by the President of New York University, Andrew Hamilton.

Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020
Time: 12:30- 1:45PM EST
Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Cold War Seminar:
Seth Blumenthal (Boston University)

 ‘Architect of the Republican Revival:’ Bill Brock and the Post-Watergate GOP

Commentator: Timothy Naftali (New York University)

Sponsored by the Center for the United States and the Cold War

Date: Thursday, November 12, 2020
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM EST

Please contact:
Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives Cold War Seminar:
Yana Skorobogatav (Williams College) 

"From Death to Life: Soviet Death Penalty Abolition and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Commentator: Anne O'Donnell (New York University)

Sponsored by the Center for the United States and the Cold War

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 5:00-6:00 PM EST

Please contact:
For more information or to obtain the workshop paper, contact
Mariana Katz at

COMING UP: Tatiana Seijas (Rutgers),
"Economic Exchange in the Plaza Mayor of Mexico City during the 17th Century"
Date: Friday, November 20, 2020
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM EST

For Zoom Link please contact:

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Archives and Public History MA and Dual Degree LIS program student
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