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This winter, Columbia trustees voted to confirm the creation of the African American and African Diaspora Studies department, which will bring a fresh approach to the discipline at a crucial moment in race relations and black

Jorge Otero-Pailos ripping a piece of paper off a wall to clean

Jorge Otero-Pailos cleaning the wall of the Alumix factory in 2008. Photo Courtesy of Patrick Ciccone

When he was growing up in Madrid, Jorge Otero-Pailos often accompanied his father, a landscape painter, to the Prado Museum, where they set up canvases on easels and copied works by such masters as Goya and Velázquez. But as he grew up, his art teachers advised him to do something where he could earn a living.

Photo by Michael DiVito
 

A searchable, free database developed by Columbia University and CUNY provides insight into companies that made and sold toxic products.
Stepanie McCurry leaning on a stone wall in Columbia's Morningside campus

Photo by John Pinderhughes

Stephanie McCurry grew up in Belfast, surrounded by political violence. Her neighborhood was at the center of British occupation during “The Troubles,” the euphemism for sectarian strife between Northern Irish Catholics and Protestants that killed thousands in the 1970s and 80s.

antique Jewish literature
Jews often took books with them as they traveled or were expelled from various lands. Following the books essentially traces the history of their owners.
Mar Mazower in a pink button-down shirt while standing in front of a book shelf filled with books
Mark Mazower, history professor and director of the Heyman Center for the Humanities, has covered international developments on either side of World War II. In his latest book, 'What You Did Not Tell: A Russian Past and the Journey Home,' he turns his scholar’s eye closer to home.
Sketch of Casa Italiana building on Amsterdam after it was built.
Lorenzo Da Ponte, Columbia's first professor of Italian, whose real name was Emanuele Conegliano, helped create Italian studies not just at the University but in this country, promoting the riches of the culture and bringing its opera to these shores.
rare muslim manuscript in arabic and colorful, detailed patterns around the text
With the support of new technology, archival items from the 11th to 19th centuries in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and more will be available.
GAR Logo outline of an hawk

Columbia University has received a $1 million grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation to create web-based, interactive maps of Manhattan and Brooklyn during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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