Babri Masjid Afterlives on Human Rights Day

Coinciding with Human Rights Day 2022, a two day virtual conference took place December 9-10, 2022 on the topic “Afterlives of Babri Masjid: Thirty Years Later. For contextual background on the Babri Masjid, see in the library catalog subjects: “Babari Masjid (Faizabad, India)“ and “Communalism India Faizabad.”  For representative publications of the conference speakers, see: -Ahmad, Irfan, […]

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Exhibit on Islamic Science on Display at the Rare Book and Manuscript Library: October 18th, 2022-March 3rd, 2023

“Science, Nature and Beauty: Harmony and Cosmological Perspectives in Islamic Science” is an exhibit which showcases over 90 manuscripts, instruments and objects focused on the Islamic sciences broadly conceived, many of which have never been on display before since they entered our collections in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the Columbia University Libraries, […]

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Hopes and Dreams of “Modern Africa”, 1960-1965: Selected Photographs from The Marc & Evelyne Bernheim Collection

A new exhibition is currently on view in Knox Hall, 2nd Floor Hallway, 606 West 122nd Street, New York. Open to Columbia affiliates only, until March 31, 2023. Curated by Dr. Yuusuf Caruso, African Studies Librarian, Columbia University, and co-sponsored by The Institute of African Studies and Columbia University Libraries. This exhibition is just a […]

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New exhibit in Butler Library, 3rd Floor: Global Displacement and Comics

The Columbia University Libraries has just launched an exhibit entitled: Global Displacement and Comics In this exhibit, we display a number of items from our circulating comics collections, which tell a complex and multi-faceted story of global human displacement. The stories of human suffering, courage and resilience on display in the windows flanking the Circulation […]

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Bhim Jayanti Celebration at Columbia University: A Tribute to a Champion Who Fought for Social Justice

This blog post is guest authored by: Vikas Tatad, graduate student, pursuing a Masters degree in International and Comparative Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, for the occasion of Dr. Ambedkar’s birth anniversary, April 14th, 2022 On April 14th, 2022, a number of students and alumni gathered in Lehman library to commemorate the 131st birth anniversary […]

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The Development of CUL’s Slavic & East European Collections Redux: The Fall 2021 Harriman Institute @ 75 Atrium Exhibit “People, Books & Archives in Pictures 1903-2021” Re-Opens in Lehman Library

  During the fall 2021 semester, the Harriman Institute (founded as the Russian Institute in 1946), celebrated the 75th Anniversary of its establishment.  The oldest institute of its kind in North America, the Harriman has also played a key role in the development of Columbia’s library holdings in the vernacular languages of Eastern Europe and […]

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At Home in the World: an online conversation series bringing Area Studies librarians together

At Home in the World is an online conversation series that has brought together librarians from across various area studies groups to discuss topics of common interest. The organizers of the series programmed four events in the 2020-2021 school year that focused on the value of Area Studies Organizations, Open Access Initiatives, Ephemera Collections, and […]

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Writing in Spanish and Portuguese among the Dutch: Jewish Sephardim in Amsterdam

In 1892, Temple Emanu-el, a Jewish Reform congregation in New York City, donated a collection of rare Judaica books and manuscripts to Columbia University. Richard James Horatio Gottheil, the son of Temple Emanu-el’s rabbi and Columbia’s newly established professor of Rabbinical Literature (his title would change many times over the next few decades) was instrumental […]

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An Interview with Navid Zarrinnal, PhD student at MESAAS about the Muslim World Manuscript Project and his research: Disciplinary Education and the Beginning of Religious Optionality in Iran (1889-1934)

  In the past week, I sat down with Navid Zarrinnal, PhD candidate and Dean’s Fellow, Department of Middle Eastern, South Asia, and African Studies (MESAAS), and asked him a few questions about Islamic manuscripts, his work with the Muslim World Manuscript project and his research. Welcome, Navid. Can you please introduce yourself, your field […]

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Imagining the World: Unexplored Global Collections at Columbia: Online exhibit

The Global Studies Unit at the Columbia University Libraries has launched an online exhibit entitled: Imagining the World: Unexplored Global Collections at Columbia. This online exhibit is a reworked version of the physical exhibit put on display in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library in 2016. It reflects the depth and breadth of our global […]

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