New York City

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.
Wade McGillis has done research in the Caribbean off Puerto Rico and in watersheds in Haiti, but he always comes back to his laboratory in Piermont, N.Y., on the banks of the Hudson River.
On the south side of West 125th Street stands a four-story, century-old building whose façade is sheathed in milky white terracotta. When it was built in 1909, at the same time that the Morningside Heights campus, it was a state-of-the-art bottling plant for Sheffield Farms.
How do you make sure aging bridges that are vital links in the city’s transportation network are safe or keep the city’s sewer system from breaking down? These are among the questions that occupy Andrew Smyth and Patricia Culligan.
For Samuel Roberts, all of New York City is his classroom. Students taking his seminar on the history of race and mass incarceration go to see holding cells and talk to people awaiting arraignment in the five boroughs.
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.
Astronomy Students Rooftop Variables Program Columbia University

Rings of Saturn, moons of Jupiter, the constellation Cassiopeia. Young students are reaching for the stars and planets, with Columbia’s help.

The seminar in 401 Hamilton Hall focused on classic literary texts, including Homer’s Odyssey, Shakespeare’s Othello, and W.E.B. Du Bois’ The Souls of Black Folk. But this was no ordinary summer school class, and its students were not traditional collegians.

(Editor's Note: On October 26-27, 2015, Columbia honored the 60th anniversary of Arthur Mitchell's debut with a two-day symposium, including a documentary screening and a conversation with Mitchell.

Literary Lions at Columbia University

They write books, poems, scripts, essays, librettos and screenplays. Their works have been published around the world and produced in venues from Broadway to Hollywood, and everywhere in between.

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