Category Archives: Events & Exhibits

Welcome to the Libraries!

We all look forward to this time of year, when we welcome and introduce our university community to the extensive resources available in the Libraries. Here are some of our upcoming events and orientation sessions.

“Getting Your Bearings” for Graduate Students

The Libraries will be offering five “Getting Your Bearings” sessions to introduce graduate students to our collections, resources, and services.

The sessions begin with a 45 minute tour of key points and services in Butler Library, including an intro to our Rare Book & Manuscript library. The tours will begin in the lobby of Butler Library, just inside the main entrance.

The second half of the session, which will take place in Butler 306, will be devoted to an overview of the Libraries’ online information system and ways to get the most out of it, and would be of value to all graduate students.

If you don’t anticipate a great deal of book research in your work at Columbia, you may simply want to come directly to Butler 306 about 45 minutes after the beginning of the tour. (Note the alternate location for the Thursday afternoon session.)

Thursday, August 31 — 11:00-12:30
Thursday, August 31, 3:30 — 5:00 (NOTE: Part 2 meets in Butler Room 203)
Friday, September 1, 2:00 — 3:30
Tuesday, September 5, 11:00 — 12:30
Tuesday, September 5, 3:00 — 4:30

Welcome Week Table and Butler Library Tours

Please drop by our Welcome Week table in the lobby of Butler Library.
Tuesday, September 5- Friday, September 8, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Take a tour of Butler Library, led by our librarians. No reservation required; meet in the lobby of Butler Library.
Tuesday, September 5, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Wednesday, September 6, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Friday, September 8, 11:00 am -12:00pm

We wish you a successful and enjoyable Fall Semester!

Senior Thesis Forum, April 18

We would like to extend a warm invitation to you to attend this year’s Senior Thesis Forum, hosted by the Humanities & History and Global Studies Librarians in Butler Library Room 523 on Tuesday, April 18th, 3:00-4:30. This forum offers graduating Seniors the opportunity to share their research experiences and outcomes in an informal session.

The event is open to all faculty, students, and library staff and we hope you can join us. Light refreshments will be served.

Listed below are the names and thesis titles for our three student presenters:

Danny Echikson
“Sugar Traders, West Indian Slavers, and Corporate Financiers: The Economic History of an American Family at the Turn of the 19th Century”

Greg Momjian
Marketing the Armenian Massacres Door-to-Door: American Book Culture and the Commercialization of Calamity”

Martin Ridge
“The Romantic Consciousness: Marxism, Liberalism, and the Education of Marshall Berman, 1961-1970”

Please join us in celebrating the achievements of our graduating seniors!

“A Not So Quiet Space”: Sound Art in the Music & Arts Library, Fri 10/21, 6-8pm

The Music & Arts Library and the Sound Arts MFA Program cordially invite you to “A Not So Quiet Space”, featuring work by the current students in the program, utilizing the space of the Music & Arts Library for temporary installations and performances.

Come join us for some interesting sounds and experiences!
Friday, 10/21, from 6-8pm, in the Music & Arts Library, 701 Dodge.
(CUID required or contact patterson@columbia.edu to RSVP).
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EVENT: “Spanish Fever”–Spanish cartoonists in conversation

imageThe Hispanic Institute and Comics@Columbia are delighted to work with the Spanish consulate to present five noted Spanish cartoonists in conversation.  Come meet these five cartoonists, whose work on the cutting edge of comics has brought about a new wave of cartoon art in Spain.

The panel will feature Santiago García, Javier Olivares, David Rubín, Ana Galvañ, and José Domingo, some of the many gifted artists featured in “Spanish Fever: Stories by the New Spanish Cartoonists” (Fantagraphics, 2016).

The discussion will be followed by a live drawing, as well as light refreshments.

Come join us in Butler Library, room 523.

Admission is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!
Click this link to register: http://bit.ly/2caDJNN

Butler Library
Room 523
535 W 114th Street

 

Welcome to Butler Library!

On behalf of the Humanities & History Librarians, welcome to Butler Library! We all look forward to this time of year, when we welcome and introduce our university community to the extensive resources available in the Libraries. Here are some of our upcoming events and orientation sessions.

“Getting Your Bearings” for Graduate Students

If you’re a graduate student, you may wish to attend one of our “Getting Your Bearings” orientations, designed to help you begin using the powerful information tools at your disposal and to point you to some of the most important library services and personnel at Butler Library and elsewhere on campus.

The Libraries will be offering six “Getting Your Bearings” sessions to introduce graduate researchers to our collections and services.

The sessions begin with a 45 minute tour of key points and services in Butler Library, including an intro to our Rare Book & Manuscript library. This is likely to be of most interest and relevance to people working in the humanities, history, and social sciences. The tours will begin in the Butler Lobby, just inside the entrance.
Thursday, September 1 — 11:30-1:00
Thursday, September 1, 4:30-6:00 (NOTE: Part 2 meets in Butler Room 203)
Friday, September 2, 10:00-11:30
Friday, September 2, 12:00-1:30
Tuesday, September 6, 1:00-2:30
Wednesday, September 7, 1:00-2:30

The second half of the session, which will take place in Butler 306, will be devoted to an overview of the Libraries’ online information system and ways to get the most out of it, and would be of value to all graduate students. Participants who want to attend only the second half should feel free to come directly to Butler 306 about 45 minutes after the beginning of the tour.

Welcome Week Table and Butler Library Tours

Please drop by our Welcome Week table in the lobby of Butler Library.
Tuesday, September 6-9, 12:00pm-4:00pm

Take a tour of Butler Library. No reservation required; meet in the lobby of Butler Library.
Tuesday, September 6, 3-4pm
Wednesday, September 7, 4-5pm
Friday, September 9, 12-1pm

Learn about library services for faculty, graduate and undergraduate students and meet our Humanities & History Librarians and our Global Studies Librarians.

We wish you a successful and enjoyable Fall Semester!

Senior Thesis Forum April 6th

This year’s Senior Thesis Forum, hosted by the Humanities & History and Global Studies Librarians, will be held in Butler Library Room 523 on April 6th, 3:00-4:30. This forum offers graduating Seniors the opportunity to share their thesis projects and their research process with students, faculty, and librarians. This year’s event features four students from the Department of History. Faculty teaching thesis seminars, research librarians and curators identify students who have used libraries and archives intensively their projects. A selected number of students are asked to share their experiences and research outcomes in this informal session.

The event is open to all faculty, students and Libraries staff and we hope you can join us.

Speakers:
Maya M. Barad
Developing Eugenic Consciousness:The Campaign for the Voluntary Sterilization of the Mentally Deficient in Interwar Britain

Stuart Fine
Forging German-American Identity: Paul Oskar Kristeller’s Reception of Post-War Germany, 1940-1985

Conor Goetz
The 1919 Washington, DC Race Riot: The Culmination of Federal Policies, a Press Campaign, and a Changing Population

Sarah Roth
The Miracle at Sokilinki Park?: Corporate Co-Sponsorship of the American Kitchen at the 1959 Moscow Exhibit.

Please join us in celebrating the accomplishments of these students!

EVENTS: Two Pieces of Comics History: March 7, April 18

In addition to the Bill Griffith event on March 16,  Comics@Columbia brings you two book talks that explore important people in the history of comics and cartoons.

On Monday, March 7, in celebration of Will Eisner Week, Paul Levitz joins Columbia professor Jeremy Dauber for a discussion focusing on Levitz’s recent book, Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel Levitz and Dauber are known on campus for the course they co-teach in the American Studies program, “The American Graphic Novel,” which will be offered again in Spring 2017.  Eisner, of course, was a groundbreaking cartoonist, businessman, educator, graphic novelist, and ultimately, evangelist and champion of the comics form as art and literature.  Join us for a spirited and scholarly discussion of Eisner’s significance, and how his influence has spread even to this university.

Monday, March 7, 6 PM

Butler Library, room 523

Book sales and signing will follow the talk.

 

On Monday, April 18, cartoonist and comics historian Michael Maslin joins renowned New Yorker cartoonist  and illustrator Edward Sorel for a lively discussion of one of the legends of cartooning, Peter Arno.  For over forty years, Arno contributed cartoons and covers to The New Yorker,  helping establish the magazine as the ne plus ultra of Manhattan style and sophistication.  Maslin’s new book, Peter Arno: the Mad, Mad World of The New Yorker’s Greatest Cartoonist, examines this bon vivant, one of the New Yorker‘s first geniuses, an artist whose powers of observation brought to life every social stratum, from the 400 to Café Society and from debutantes to flappers.

Monday, April 18, 6 PM

Butler Library, room 523

Book sales and signing will follow.

 

EVENT: “Bill Griffith: A to Z” Wednesday, March 16, 6 PM, 523 Butler

Bill Griffith 2The cartoonist Bill Griffith has had a storied career, from his early underground comics featuring Mr. the Toad, to his long-running character Zippy the Pinhead, to his involvement in the influential comics anthology, Arcade, to his recent foray into long-form comics with his revelatory family history Invisible ink: my mother’s secret love affair with a famous cartoonist.

Griffith, a native Brooklynite, published some of his earliest comics in the East Village Other, then moved to San Francisco to join the burgeoning underground comix scene.  There he introduced Zippy and co-founded Arcade with Art Spiegelman.

Now back on the east coast, Griffith has decided to bequeath a substantial portion of his archives to Columbia’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library.  While the Zippy dailies will find a home in Columbus OH, at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the archives of the early underground comic books, of Arcade, and of his graphic novels will be available for researchers here in New York City.

In celebration of this future–we hope, far in the future!–gift, Comics@Columbia and the Rare Book & Manuscript Library present a conversation with Bill Griffith and Art Spiegelman, moderated by Karen Green.

Please join us for this event, and for the reception to follow.

Wednesday, March 16

6:00 PM

Butler Library, room 523

EVENT: “An Evening with Jules Feiffer,” Monday, December 7, 6:00 PM

Feiffer & Fingeroth The Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, in partnership with Comics@Columbia, is delighted to present a conversation with the legendary Jules Feiffer.

Feiffer is perhaps best known for his long-running strip in The Village Voice (1956-1997), but he is also a distinguished playwright and screenwriter, evinced by his Academy Award (for the short film “Munro”), his Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning, his Obie Award, his lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America, and his induction into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Most recently, Feiffer has produced the first volume of a graphic novel trilogy, Kill My Mother, and his career has been celebrated in this year’s retrospective volume, Out of Line: the Art of Jules Feiffer.

Join us on Monday evening, December 7th, as Jules Feiffer chats with comics writer, editor, and historian Danny Fingeroth.

Book sales and a signing will follow the talk.

Monday, December 7

6:00 PM

Butler Library, room 523

535 W 114th Street

New York NY 10027

 

The Humanities & History Division Librarians Launch Morningside Heights Digital History (MHDH)

mhdh-logoWe are proud to announce the launch of our site, Morningside Heights Digital History, or MHDH.

Two years ago we announced a professional development program in the Columbia University Libraries for the Humanities & History Division. In our first iteration of the Developing Librarian project or, as we refer to it on social media, the #devlib project, our goal was to build a common project using an adaptation of the Praxis model for professional librarians.

1891map darkerAfter an initial round of “introductions” to the technologies and skills needed to design our site, we divided into teams: design, editorial, management and development. For a more detailed breakdown of our different roles, please visit our credits page. The project was built on the Omeka platform, using the Neatline plugin for the interactive map and an interactive tour of the Butler Library Mural, and the Exhibit Builder for our different exhibits. We chose the Berlin theme, and modified it to suit our needs. The research was done individually, but we shared bibliographic and archival resources. We documented the process throughout on our Developing Librarian blog.

When we set out to do this as a team, we wanted to accomplish much: to expand our ability to support and consult in digital humanities, to hone our research skills, to bridge the gap between IT and subject librarianship, and to bond as a team by sharing a common project. We feel we have accomplished all of these and more. In particular, we find all aspects of our work as a team have benefited from developing a project together. Learning to build consensus around difficult issues will have a lasting effect on all we do in the libraries and on campus.

We have always emphasized process over product in this training, but we are excited to share our web exhibit and this model for future professional development at Columbia and elsewhere.