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In Memoriam: Dr. Naomi Cohen, Professor Emerita, Hunter College History Department

We learned this week of the death of our colleague Naomi Cohen. Naomi had deep roots in our department. She was hired in 1962, was named full professor in 1973, and Hunter remained her academic home until she retired in 1996. Professor Cohen was also what used to be called “a Hunter Girl,” after graduating from Hunter, she received her PhD from Columbia and began an influential career in what was then the emergent field of American Jewish history.
Professor Cohen taught twentieth-century United States political history, and U.S. immigration history for our department. She believed strongly that American Jewish history be rooted and incorporated into both those fields. In addition to her outstanding academic reputation, she was an extremely knowledgeable, firm teacher and an excellent editor.
Her academic accomplishments were vast. She received numerous awards for her work which included A Dual Heritage: The Public Career of Oscar S. Straus (1969), Not Free To Desist: The American Jewish Committee, 1906-1966 (1972); American Jews and the Zionist Idea (1975); Encounter With Emancipation: The German Jews in the United States, 1830-1914 (1984); Jacob H. Schiff: A Study in American Jewish Leadership (1999); The Americanization of Zionism, 1897-1948  (2003). She collaborated with our colleague Bob Seltzer on the series Essential Papers on Jewish-Christian Relations in the United States (1990). Her last book, What the Rabbis Said (2008), was published when she was over eighty.
Professor Cohen and her legacy belong to and represent some of the best pieces of the history of the Hunter History Department. Our condolences go to her children, grandchildren, and her very dear friend and classmate at Hunter, our former chair, Naomi Miller.

Important Announcement for Students:
Financial aid is now available for courses taken during the summer semester. This additional funding will support efforts to enhance student success and improve graduation and retention rates. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.
Competition for students:
The City University of New York and the Labor Arts are sponsoring a 2017-2018 contest for student writers and artists on the theme "Making Work Visible."· Participation is open to any current CUNY student and prizes in each category are up to $1000.
The deadline for submission is: March 6, 2018. 
More information at the following link:

Opportunity for students:

The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden is pleased to announce two William Randolph Hearst Fellowships for Summer 2018, for undergraduate or graduate students interested in American Studies, U.S. History, Museum Studies, or Education. 
The Hearst Fellows will conduct original research about NY history, work as interpreters, and assist with summer children's programs.
For more information, please look at this page on the Museum's website:, and then select "Fellowships" from the left-hand menu. 

The Department of History at Hunter College, CUNY, invites applications for an Open Rank (Assistant, Associate, Full Professor) faculty position, with strong preference for Associate/Full professor (tenure track), of African-American history with an anticipated starting date on or about September 1, 2018.
Appointee will teach courses in African-American history, and introductory courses in United States history. Applicants with research interests related to slavery, particularly in a transnational context, are especially encouraged to apply.
For qualifications, procedures, and details please click here

Workshop on Writing Personal Statements
The Hunter Writing Center

The personal statement for an application to graduate school or for a scholarship is one of the most important pieces of academic writing you will ever do. This workshop will help you use your academic writing skills to write a successful statement.

Wednesday, October 11th 
5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Workshop in HE 704 
For more information: call 212-772-4212, or email,

For Labor Studies Students:
Live in New York City. Defend workers’ rights. Get paid and earn college credits.

The New York Union Semester is a full-time semester-long program that combines rigorous academic study with first-hand experience within the labor movement. For more details click here.

For students interested in pursuing graduate study in history:
CUNY 2017

For students interested in museum and archives work:

LaGuardia Community College
Art Center-Museum Specialist - Wagner Archives
Click here for details.

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