Arts & Humanities

A Graduate Has Gratitude for the New Life that Columbia Gave Her

An MFA Writing student remembers the double lung transplant that saved her–and so much more.

Eighteen round colored images of microbes.
"Microbial Rainbow" (detail) by Tal Danino, 2018, made from images of bacteria that give new meaning to the phrase "still life."
The Beauty and Healing Power of Ordinary Bacteria

Biomedical engineer Tal Danino finds both art and new cancer-fighting therapies in Earth's most abundant life-forms.

Two gold Pulitzer award disks lying on a flat surface.
Great Reads for Women's History Month

Gloria Steinem, Ronan Farrow, Gail Collins, David Remnick and more choose their favorite Pulitzer-winning books by female authors in celebration of Women's History Month.



A picture of part of a boat.
The Year of Water: Selections from Columbia’s Book Arts Collection
The Year of Water: Selections from Columbia’s Book Arts Collection

An exhibition at the Rare Book & Manuscript Library of artists' books focusing on the theme of water. 

An abstract sculpture.
Warrior I (1948) by Seymour Lipton; sheet-lead, steel and plaster, H. 27 1/4 x W. 16 x D. 13 in.
Connections in Collections

Surprising similarities between sculptures from Columbia's art collection and images from architecture books are the theme of this Avery Library show. 




A row of upright books, spines facing forward, on a shelf.
Insistent Change: Columbia's Core Curriculum at 100

This Rare Book & Manuscript Library exhibition examines the development of the University's contemporary civilization course of study. 


Conversations With Architects

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a book cover with a drawing of a yellow car, people and upside down trees
A Terrible Country

By Keith Gessen

 a book cover with a yellow and blue drawing of big letters and swimmers

By Sam Lipsyte


a book cover with a drawing of a rabbit
Rabbits for Food

By Binnie Kirshenbaum