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 collection of essays, Iconoclasm, David Freedberg explores the power of images and why people feel so strongly about them.

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

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

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.

Professor Muhsin al-Musawi examines the enduring global appeal of the Arabian Nights.

Blending research and imagination, “The Magician” traces the life of the writer Thomas Mann.

A new book, “Undiversified,” spells out the reasons—and they’re probably not what you think—and offers solutions.

Mae Ngai looks at 19th-century Chinese migration and how those early experiences might explain the racism we see today.

In his new book, "Why Trust Matters," Professor Benjamin Ho reveals the importance of trust in our daily lives.

A new book explores the intersection of professional sports with the civil rights and second-wave feminist movements.

After translating works by Swiss-German author Robert Walser for decades, Susan Bernofsky has written an English-language biography of him.