History

Lin-Manuel Miranda Receives Kennedy Prize, Views Hamilton Archive
A selection of items from the Rare Book and Manuscript Library's Alexander Hamilton archive is now on view. It includes papers, letters and personal items that figure prominently in the award-winning show.
For the better part of four decades, the Supreme Court discussion about affirmative action, as it occurs in legal briefs, oral arguments and opinions, has been of one narrow stripe: the Court typically considers whether a white student has been harmed...
Lin-Manuel Miranda Receives Kennedy Prize, Views Hamilton Archive

Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway musical Hamilton views artifacts of Alexander Hamilton's life from Columbia Libraries' Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Photo by Eileen Barroso

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the composer, lyricist, writer and star of the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," came to Columbia April 7 to receive the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.
The Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation has donated $3 million to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences to establish the Robert Gardiner-Kenneth T. Jackson Professorship in the Department of History.
Adam Tooze Columbia University European History
The migration crisis, the specter of terrorism, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s brinksmanship, pressures on the European Union and financial turmoil in Greece are among the threats that have reverberated around the world.
Noam Elcott Columbia University Film Professor
Most people walk into a darkened theater and think nothing of it. Not Noam Elcott, an associate professor of art history.
Hadrian's Villa Columbia University Archeology
Twenty miles east of Rome lies the villa of the emperor Hadrian, who ruled for about 20 years during the second century A.D., but whose lavish estate has exercised a strong influence on architects and artists since its rediscovery in the 15th century.
Martin Luther King Jr. in the Columbia Spectator
Image courtesy Columbia University Archives
On October 27, 1961, Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a group of students, faculty and members of the community at the McMillan Theatre (now the Miller Theatre) at the invitation of The Columbia Owl, a then-weekly publication of the School of General Studies.
Richard Bulliet Columbia University History of the Wheel

Professor Richard W. Bulliet’s latest book is the third in a trilogy. Photo by Barbara Alper

Yes, it is possible to reinvent the wheel. Just ask Columbia historian Richard W. Bulliet, whose latest book is on the ubiquitous and circular object long considered one of the world’s greatest inventions.

David Dinkins Archives Columbia University

Photo by Michael Dames

The life and career of New York’s first African American mayor, David N. Dinkins, is one for the history books. Now, there will be no better place than Columbia for scholars looking to write them.

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