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 his new book, Dr. Richard Ambron explains the science of how and why people feel pain, and examines the most recent discoveries in the field.

Philosophy Professor Lydia Goehr follows the many thinkers and artists who have made use of a famous anecdote in her new book.

In his new book, Dr. David B. Goldstein examines the possible consequences for parents who try to determine their children’s genetic makeup.

According to neuroscientist Eric Kandel’s new book, the answer is a resounding yes.

The Columbia professor argues that neoracism, disguised as antiracism, is hurting Black communities in America.

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

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

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 Information Security Essentials, Susan McGregor explains how to protect news writers, sources, and organizations in the digital era.

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