History in Action Master Class: How to Be Interesting

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History in Action Master Class: How to Be Interesting

Prof. Simon Schama

This two-part workshop will focus on how students can identify an aspect of their research that will be particularly engaging to a broad audience, choose the right venue and media for presentation, and shape the presentation or publication for maximum effectiveness.

In Part I (W October 26, 12:00-1:00, 513 FAY) Professor Schama will lead a general discussion of principles and process. Students should think back to something found during research that might not fit into the argument of their dissertation, or might not even lend itself to a scholarly article, but which nonetheless has continued to intrigue them out of sheer curiosity. Lunch will be served.

Following Part I, students will write up brief treatments of their “historical curiosities” with an eye toward public presentation — live, in print, or in a new media format. In Part II (early December, date TBD), ProfessorSchama will work through selected student proposals.

To sign up, please e-mail historyinaction@columbia.edu by 12pm on Tuesday, October 25 so we can arrange for lunch. If you already have an idea in mind, please include a 2-3 sentence description of the topic you want to explore in the workshop. Attendance at both sessions is desirable, but not required for participation.

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