Eric Foner: Conference to Be Held in His Honor

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A conference honoring Eric Foner will be held at Columbia University on October 14 and 15. The conference has been organized by some of his former students who are teaching at various institutions across the country and is a prelude to a feschrift to be published by Columbia University Press.

CONTESTED DEMOCRACY: Freedom, Race and Power in American History: A Conference in honor of Eric Foner

Friday, OCTOBER 14th &
Saturday OCTOBER 15th
Sponsored by the Herbert H. Lehman Center for American History
Friday 1 PM – Panel 1 – Columbia University Faculty House
• Manisha Sinha, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
• Martha Jones, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
• Wang Xi, Indiana University, Pennsylvania
• Commentator: Ira Berlin, University of Maryland, College Park
Friday 3 PM – Panel 2 – Columbia University Faculty House
• Tyler Anbinder, George Washington University
• Martha Saxton, Amherst College
• Melinda Lawson, Union College
• Commentator: Elizabeth Blackmar, Columbia University
Saturday 9 AM – Panel 3 – Columbia University Faculty House
• Michael Zakim, Tel Aviv University, Israel
• Sven Beckert, Harvard University
• Alessandra Lorini, University of Florence, Italy
• Commentator: Adam McKeown, Columbia University
Saturday 10:45 AM – Panel 4 – Columbia University Faculty House
• Lisa McGirr, Harvard University
• Mae M. Ngai, University of Chicago
• Martha Biondi, Northwestern University
• Penny Von Eschen, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
• Commentator: Thomas Bender, New York University
Saturday 1 PM – Closing Remarks
• David W. Blight, Yale University
For Paper Topics and directions, visit
Friday 5 PM – Eric Foner, “The Story of American Freedom:
Before 9/11 and After”
The Davis Auditorium of Schapiro Hall - Reception to follow

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