Race

The conversation between Colm Toibin and Jake Gyllenhaal was part of a slate of panels, performances, readings, and exhibitions on the legacy of James Baldwin. Photo by Eileen Barroso.

James Baldwin, the eminent novelist, essayist and social critic would have turned 90 this year.

May 17 marks the 60th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education overruling the doctrine of “separate but equal” public education and finding that racially segregated public schools violate the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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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.

Columbia campus

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.

Thurgood Marshall’s NAACP legal team included Columbians Jack Greenberg and Constance Baker Motley here with Marshall. Courtesy of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Over 65 years as a crusading civil rights lawyer, Law School Professor Jack Greenberg (CC’45, LAW’48, CC Dean'89-93), argued the landmark case Brown v. Board of Education before the U.S. Supreme Court and won Martin Luther King Jr. the right to march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

The 1940s have always held a special allure for Farah Griffin, who grew up hearing “stories about the era that just made it very interesting to me, very glamorous and mysterious.”

After completing her 1991 autobiographical book The Alchemy of Race and Rights, Patricia J. Williams faced a dilemma.

Prize-winning playwright David Henry Hwang doesn’t mind being labeled an Asian-American dramatist. “It’s literally true,” he said during a recent visit to Columbia. “I am Asian-American and I am a dramatist, and I write about Asian-American subjects quite a lot.

John McWhorter

John McWhorter may be best known for his magazine and newspaper writing about race, but the Philadelphia native is at heart a dyed-in-the-wool academic whose first inkling that he would spend his life studying languages came when he was still a preschooler and heard someone speaking a fore

Spider-man clings to the side of a building, cleaning windows; Wonder Woman does a load of laundry; and Superman delivers take-out.

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