Shree Nayar has dedicated much of his computer science career to improving the way cameras take pictures. Four years ago, he decided to move in a new direction: to design a camera that could improve the way children learn about science and one another. 

Columbia Global Center Europe kicks off its first-ever Festival des Écrivains du Monde—World Writers' Festival—this weekend, bringing more than 30 renowned writers from a host of countries to give talks and read from their works at venues in central Paris. The event is designed “to reinforce the fact that New York City is the cultural and literary capital of the U.S. and Paris is that of France,” said Paul LeClerc, director of center, which is based in Paris.

'El Diario La Prensa,' the nation’s oldest continuously publishing Spanish-language newspaper, has given the University some 5,000 photographs documenting the lives of New York’s Latinos and their contributions to the city and its culture.
Edmund Phelps

The title is optimistic and uplifting: Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change. But the message is more nuanced, as befits a Nobel laureate in economics. Does Edmund Phelps believe that Europe and America still have what it takes to create “mass flourishing,” that unique combination of wealth and creativity that gave rise to one of the most dynamic periods in human history?

When Farah Griffin asked her mother what she remembered about World War II, her response was, “All the handsome soldiers who drove the buses in Philadelphia.” Griffin, the William B. Ransford Professor of English, Comparative Literature and African American Studies, was perplexed. Then she thought, of course, she was a teenager, she remembers handsome young men!

Who’s on the Ballot, a new website that explains just that, was born out of a friendly conversation between SIPA Professor Ester Fuchs and her former student, William von Mueffling (CC’90, BUS’95). “William was complaining about the lack of information on the candidates, and I told him, ‘That’s ridiculous. Just look on the web,’” said Fuchs. “But I quickly realized it’s not that easy.”

University President Lee C. Bollinger has appointed Professor David Madigan as Executive Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Madigan has been the interim dean since March. He joined Columbia’s faculty in 2007 as a professor of statistics, and became the department's chair the following year.

You probably think you know how to wash your hands, but Elaine Larson could tell you for sure.

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Bergdoll returns to the Department of Art History and Archaeology.

Edith Piaf singing at the Maison Française, November 16, 1947.

A century ago, when Paris was the center of Western culture, Columbia President Nicholas Murray Butler could boast of knowing just about every important person in France.

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