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Week of November 27, 2022

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Celebrating Recent Work by Hilary Hallett (CANCELLED)

Celebrating Recent Work by Hilary Hallett (CANCELLED)

November 30, 2022
6:15PM - 7:30PM ET

Location: 

The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University

Event Type: 

EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

New Books in the Arts and Sciences Presents:

Celebrating Recent Work by Hilary Hallett

Inventing the It Girl: How Elinor Glyn Invented Modern Romance and Conquered Early Hollywood

November 30, 6:15pm - 7:30pm ET

Heyman Center Common Room / Hybrid Virtual

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Register here for this event, and answer the registration questions to indicate whether you will join in person or on Zoom.


The modern romance novel is elevated to a subject of serious study in this addictively readable biography of pioneering celebrity author Elinor Glyn (1864–1943). In elegant prose, Hilary A. Hallett traces Glyn’s meteoric rise from a depressed society darling to a world-renowned celebrity author who consorted with world leaders from St. Petersburg to Cairo to New York. After reporting from the trenches during World War I, the author was lured by American movie producers from Paris to Los Angeles for her remarkable third act. Weaving together years of deep archival research, Hallett movingly conveys how Glyn, more than any other individual during the Roaring Twenties, crafted early Hollywood’s glamorous romantic aesthetic. She taught the screen’s greatest leading men to make love in ways that set audiences aflame, and coined the term “It Girl,” which turned actress Clara Bow into the symbol of the first sexual revolution.

With Inventing the It Girl, Hallett has done nothing less than elevate the origins of the modern romance genre to a subject of serious study. In doing so, she has also reclaimed the enormous influence of one of Anglo-America’s most significant cultural tastemakers while revealing Glyn’s life to have been as sensational as any of the characters she created on the page or screen. The result is a groundbreaking portrait of a courageous icon of independence who encouraged future generations to chase their desires wherever they might lead.

This event will be in person at the Heyman Center and livestreamed online. Please register for both in-person and virtual attendance via the link. Registration is mandatory for in-person attendance.

Please email disability@columbia.edu to request disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.

About the Author:

Hilary Hallett is the Mendelson Family Professor and Director of American Studies, and Associate Professor of History where she teaches modern American cultural and social history. Her areas of specialization include women and gender history; histories of popular and mass culture from a transatlantic perspective; and histories of American culture industries, particularly theater, music, film, and Hollywood's history. She is interested in mass media’s relationship to social change and to the big stories they tell about America and Americans over time.

About the Speakers:

Farran Smith Nehme has written about film and film history for the New York Post, Barron’s, the Wall Street Journal, Film Comment, the Village Voice, and Sight & Sound, as well as for her blog, Self-Styled Siren. Her novel, Missing Reels, was published in 2014.

Pablo Piccato is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of History at Columbia University. His research and teaching focus on modern Mexico, particularly on crime, politics, and culture. He has taught as visiting faculty in universities in Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and France, and has been director of Columbia’s Institute of Latin American Studies, Vice Chair of the Department of History, and University Senator.

Alice Kessler-Harris is the R. Gordon Hoxie Professor Emerita of American History at Columbia University, and former president of the Organization of American Historians. She is a specialist in American labor and comparative and interdisciplinary explorations of women and gender. Her most recent book is A Difficult Woman: The Challenging Life and Times of Lillian Hellman (Bloomsbury Press 2012).


This event is sponsored by ISERP, the Office of the Divisional Deans in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, the Department of History, the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, the Center for American Studies, and The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.

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What is Climate History?: A Networking Event

What is Climate History?: A Networking Event

December 01, 2022
5pm-7pm

Location: 

Fayerweather Hall, Room 513 1180 Amsterdam Avenue, Columbia University, New York, NY 10027

Event Type: 

What is Climate History?: A Networking Event

Join the Environmental Sciences and Humanities Research Cluster for the History and Climate Change workshop series.

The History and Climate Change Workshop invites you to a graduate student and postdoc networking event on interdisciplinary connections in climate and history. Meet new friends and colleagues in a vibrant community of researchers connecting physical and social records to learn new things about the natural and human worlds and how they interact and overlap. All backgrounds and experiences are welcome. Dinner will be provided.

Free and open to Columbia University ID holders; registration required. Register here.

Part of the History and Climate Change workshop series hosted by the Environmental Sciences and Humanities Research Cluster at the Center for Science and Society and co-funded by the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy.

More information found here. 

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