History

The 18th century ceremonial mace used at Commencement each year is just one of the items housed in the King’s College Room.

The King’s College Room in Low Library is undoubtedly one location on campus that perfectly evokes the Colonial era in which the University was founded as King’s College.

In the midst of Word War I, Dutch businessman and historical memorabilia collector Maurice Frankenhuis (1893-1969) began to acquire a collection of posters, coins and medals that he then started to sell to support his family while hiding from the Nazis during World War II.

Damon Phillips remembers finding the "Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz" in his parents’ record collection with its 46-page booklet of liner notes about the music when he was about 10 years old. “I just sat there on the floor with those albums,” he recalls.

Mae Ngai’s interest in the history of immigration and labor began when she was a high school student in the 1960s. “I was active in civil rights issues and the anti-war movement.

This spring, Godzilla has been wreaking havoc worldwide as the latest incarnation of the skyscraper-sized lizard stomps its way back onto the silver screen. The 2014 reboot of the iconic film franchise also highlights an enduring research interest of Gregory M.

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King's College on Park Place, circa 1776

America’s earliest academies, like the nation itself, have a legacy of slavery woven into their very fabric. In his latest work MIT historian Craig Steven Wilder (GSAS’89,’93,’94) examines the tarnished relationship between the Atlantic slave trade and the rise of the American college.

After a distinguished career that has spawned numerous books and television series on everything from the French Revolution to the slave trade, Columbia Professor of Art History and History Simon Schama is now unveiling his most personal project yet: "The Story of the Jews," a mu

Eight hundred years ago, relatively small armies of mounted warriors suddenly exploded outward from the cold, arid high-elevation grasslands of Mongolia, and conquered the largest contiguous empire in history.

Columbia University announced today that two acclaimed works will be awarded the 2014 Bancroft Prize:

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Columbia University and Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith are pleased to announce that Dominique Morisseau’s "Detroit ‘67" is the 2014 winner of the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History.

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