Off the Shelf

Off the Shelf is a Columbia News series in which professors discuss their recently published books, as well as what they have read recently and recommend, and who they would invite to the perfect dinner party.

In “Rescuing Socrates,” Roosevelt Montás describes how Plato, Augustine, Freud, and Gandhi transformed his life.

Professor Jeremy Dauber’s new book tells the sweeping story of cartoons, comic strips, and graphic novels and their hold on the American imaginatio

Classics Professor Katharina Volk takes on Cicero, Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, and others in “The Roman Republic of Letters.”

“Our Country Friends” follows eight characters who gather in a house and fall in and out of love and friendship.

In “Read Until You Understand,” Professor Farah Jasmine Griffin sets her personal story against the changing definition of American democracy.

In her new book, Information Security Essentials, Susan McGregor outlines the crucial steps for protecting news writers, sources, organiza

In “The End of Trauma,” Psychologist George Bonanno sheds light on how resilient people really are.

In his new collection of essays, Iconoclasm, David Freedberg explores the power of images and why people feel so strongly about them that

Theater director Anne Bogart draws connections between visual art, performance theory, neuroscience, music, and architecture in her new book.

Professor David Hajdu draws striking parallels between the early 20th century and current questions of race, gender, and sexual identity in his new

In “The Comedians of the King,” Professor Julia Doe explores opéra comique and the Bourbon monarchy on the eve of the French Revolution.

In his new book, astronomer Caleb Scharf explores how our relationship with data will affect our ongoing evolution as a species.