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George Chauncey
George Chauncey Defines LGBTQ Life Before and After Stonewall

History Prof. George Chauncey teaches about the decades of activism, struggle and community-building leading to Stonewall and everything that came after. 

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#ColumbiaPride YouTube Playlist

The filmmaker, art historian, and collector was the subject of a recent online event organized by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the C.V. Starr East Asian Library.

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A History of Lesbian Crushes at Barnard College

George Chauncey, the De Witt Clinton Professor of American History, recounts the history of relationships among women at Barnard College and how society took notice.

Amir Ashour.
This Columbia Alumnus Founded the First LGBTQ+ Organization in Iraq

Amir Ashour (GSAS'18) founded IraQueer, Iraq's first national LGBTQ+ group in 2014. Here's what he's up to today.


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What Is Ranked-Choice Voting and Why Is New York City Using It?

For the first time, New York City will be using ranked-choice voting in a mayoral primary. Studies show it makes government more representative and cuts down on negative campaigning.

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Amplification and Its Discontents

Daphne Keller writes in the Knight First Amendment Institute's essay series about why regulating the reach of online content is hard.

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The Columbia Guide to the Pentagon Papers Case

In 1971, the US government sued to stop the New York Times from publishing classified documents, sparking a momentous Supreme Court battle. Fifty years later, alumni and faculty tell us why this case matters more than ever.  

Defending the Planet Columbia Law School podcast
Defending the Planet: A Columbia Law Podcast

Can lawyers save the planet? Professor Michael B. Gerrard and leading experts go beyond the headlines and political ping-ponging to discuss combating the climate crisis using one of the most important and effective tools at our disposal: the law.


Research & Discovery

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Oral Symptoms Common in Children With COVID-Linked Inflammatory Disorder

A small percentage of pediatric patients have developed a condition known as multi-system inflammatory syndrome, or MIS, serious enough to warrant hospitalization.

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New ‘Home-Grown’ Coronavirus Variant Found in NYC Region

So far, more than 80 cases of the variant have been identified in the tri-state area.

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Incarceration Is Strongly Linked with Premature Death in U.S.

The most common causes of death in prison population include Infectious diseases, chronic respiratory disease, drug use, and suicide.

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How Climate Change Helped Dinosaurs Migrate from South America to Greenland

A drop in atmospheric CO2 levels aided massive plant eaters on their 6,500-mile trek across North America.

Arts & Humanities

Ghost Forest, Maya Lin, Columbia University event
Ghost Forest by Maya Lin
Artist and Designer Maya Lin Presents Major New Works

Also known as an environmentalist, she discusses “Ghost Forest” and “What Is Missing,” which both address climate change.