Fall 2020

1. Our first session will be on Thursday, October 29th, at 8 pm.

For this meeting, we are proposing to discuss three short readings about the issues we all have in mind right now:

1. The PANDEMIC! Except… with a bit of humor which never hurts: a piece by Kristin Brig for Nursing Clio titled “Joking in the Time of Pandemic: The 1889–92 Flu and 2020 COVID-19.” Link: https://nursingclio.org/2020/03/24/joking-in-the-time-of-pandemic-the-1889-92-flu-and-2020-covid-19/

2. Policing and racial justice, with an episode of the NPR history podcast Throughline about the history of policing in America where we hear from Harvard historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Link: https://www.npr.org/transcripts/869046127

3. Tearing down statues, with Enzo Traverso’s piece in The Jacobin. Link: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/06/statues-removal-antiracism-columbus

2. Our second session will be on Thursday, November 19, at 8 pm. The session will be led by Charles Petersen, who joined Cornell’s History department as postdoctoral fellow this year. Thank you so much to Charles for accepting our invitation!

To kick off our discussion, he shared three pieces of writing:

1. “Serfs of Academe”: a review that he wrote for the New York Review of Books of a multitude of books on the contemporary academy and the academic job market.

2. “American Pastoral”: an essay he wrote for n+1 on Ken Burns’s National Parks documentary and the relationship between romanticism, democracy, and nature. 

3. “Decolonizing Obama”: a work of history, memoir, and political analysis by Aziz Rana that Charles edited for n+1.

3. On Wednesday, December 9, time TBD, we will hold a writing workshop. This will be our usual fall writing workshop with short pieces, so start thinking about a piece that you might want to submit!

If you want to receive the Zoom links, send us an email at bc552@cornell.edu and kju3@cornell.edu.


Benedetta & Kelsey