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When Farah Griffin asked her mother what she remembered about World War II, her response was, “All the handsome soldiers who drove the buses in Philadelphia.” Griffin, the William B.

'El Diario La Prensa,' the nation’s oldest continuously publishing Spanish-language newspaper, has given the University some 5,000 photographs documenting the lives of New York’s Latinos and their contributions to the city and its culture.
John Dewey

John Dewey

Few philosophers can boast of having their picture on a U.S. postage stamp. Or on the cover of Time magazine. Or merit a 3,349-word obituary in The New York Times.

Most archives are designed to accumulate material. One collection at Columbia is working to give some of its holdings away.

Michael Levi of the Council on Foreign Relations, Gavin Schmidt of Goddard Institute for Space Studies and Mike Hulme of University of East Anglia at the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative.

As the average local temperature continues to rise, climate change is a major topic on campus this summer. It is the focus of the Hertog Global Strategy Initiative, an annual interdisciplinary program that uses historical analysis to examine problems in world politics.

A concluding workshop at the “History in Action” conference held at the Maison Française.

The box office success of Steven Spielberg’s "Lincoln" presented a teachable moment for historians seeking to be heard outside the academy.

Learn more about Robert S. Duncanson: An Antebellum African American Artist, on exhibit at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery through December 8, 2012 Visitor Information Hours Robert S. Duncanson: An Antebellum African American Artist.

From left: Tony Kushner, Robert Schenkkan, Jean Kennedy Smith and Dan O’Brien at the Kennedy award ceremony. Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

When Jean Kennedy Smith decided to create a drama award to commemorate her late brother Sen. Ted Kennedy and his love of history and the arts, she realized she would need a theater veteran’s help.

“Fear,” one informant told Studs Terkel when the latter conducted an oral history of the 1930s, “unsettled the securities, apparently false securities that people had. People haven’t felt unfearful since.” Another reported how “everyone was emotionally affected.

Ira Katznelson Image credit: Eileen Barroso/Columbia University

Ira Katznelson’s first political memory dates to when he was 8 years old. His parents were ardent supporters of Adlai Stevenson, the Democrat running against Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952, and they were stunned to learn that Katznelson’s grandmother did not plan to vote at all.

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