History in Action Day 2017

This year’s History in Action Day will be the final conference of the HIA pilot program, and will focus on the program’s impact on the Columbia History Department. The structure of the day will reflect HIA’s two complementary focus areas: activating history in the public sphere, and and exploring the role of historical training in diverse careers. Please view the full schedule here (note that it is subject to revision).

If you plan on participating in any of the events, please complete our survey to help us determine attendance and areas of interest.

Each event on the program will focus on works in progress, and will invite lively engagement and debate about the many applications of the craft of history. We hope you will join us for some or all of the following:

9:30am-11am: HIA on Screen – Fay. 313

This workshop will focus on adapting historical research for film. Professor Mark Mazower will discuss his recent collaboration with filmmaker Constantine Giannaris on “Techniques of the Body,” which explores the memory of war, exile and massive population movements. PhD student and HAPA recipient Wenrui Zhao will present her film “Each After Her Kind: Chinese Female Artists in New York” along with the film’s editor Joseph Li.

9:30am-11am: HIA in (and outside of) the Museum – Fay. 411

A session on curating and archiving will feature a talk by Ciné Ostrow,  curator at the American Museum for Natural History, NYC-based artist Kamau Ware followed by discussions with graduate students from the History Department who are pursuing a number of initiatives at museums and archives. Participants will have the option to sit in on Professor Deborah Coen’s History seminar that integrates public exhibition design as part of the required coursework.

11:15am-12:45pm: HIA in Print – Fay. 313

Three current and former History graduate students will share their experiences of writing for non-academic venues. Participants include David Marcus, literary editor at The Nation, Adam Shatz, contributing editor to the London Review of Books, and Rachel Nolan, a PhD student in Latin American History at NYU and a writer of investigative long-form journalism about Latin America for Harper’s Magazine.

11:15am-12:45pm: HIA in the Classroom – Fay. 411

This workshop on K-12 education will bring together history teachers from three different schools to discuss their training and careers in the classroom, and highlight HIA’s History curriculum development projects and clinic courses.

12:30pm-2:00pm: Working Lunch

During lunch time representatives from the Center for Career Education will share their resources with students and faculty. Students will have the option to make appointments for 10-minute one on one sessions with a career advisor, and to network with invited guests.

2:00pm-4:00pm: Conversation on Gender in the Historical Profession – Fay. 411

The first of the afternoon’s discussions will focus on gender issues in the historical profession. This event is co-organized with the GHA’s new initiative on gender inclusivity and sexual respect.

4:15pm-5:30pm: Conversation on History in the Public Sphere – Fay. 313

The second conversation will invite reflections on the History in Action program and feature discussion about possible future directions for such an initiative in the History Department. A reception will follow.

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