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Columbia University President Nicholas Murray Campaign Button

Dear Alma,

Nicholas Murray Butler was active in Republican politics while he was Columbia’s president. Did he ever run for elective office?

— Political Player

Congressman John Lewis Civil Rights March Selma Comic Book
You might not think that civil rights and graphic novels go together, but Georgia Congressman John Lewis has turned to the popular literary form.

Dear Alma,

This year is the centennial of Einstein’s general theory of relativity. Given how famous our physics department became, did he ever come to Columbia to talk about it?

Alexander Hamilton portrait

Dear Alma,
I'm going to see the musical
Hamilton if I can score a ticket. Can you tell me about young Alexander Hamilton’s connection to Columbia?

Charles Anthon Columbia University
Charles Anthon (CC’1815, LLD’1831) was a major American figure in the field of classics during the 19th century although his reputation has since receded into history. Learn more about why a professorship is named after him.

Last year, President Lee C. Bollinger asked Pulitzer Prize-winning History Professor Eric Foner to lead a research project on the role of slavery in Columbia’s early history.

Columbia’s urban setting is central to Rebecca Kobrin’s teaching and research.

It’s well-established that a Columbia degree can be a recipe for success, but it turns out that a Columbia cook of the 1940s could also make any meal a success.

When historian Kenneth Jackson teaches his “History of the City of New York” course, he takes his students out of the classroom, on an all night field trip—a midnight bicycle ride that starts in upper Manhattan, wends its w

Photo by Doug Morton

Environmental geographer Ruth DeFries is a pioneer in the study of how humans have transformed the surface of the Earth.

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