Category Archives: Events & Exhibitions

Cuneiform Tablet from RBML in Exhibition

Columbia University Plimpton 322

An illuminating exhibition of thirteen ancient babylonian tablets, along with supplemental documentary material, opens at New York University’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) on November 12, 2010. Before Pythagoras: The Culture of Old Babylonian  Mathematics reveals the highly sophisticated mathematical practice and education that flourished in Babylonia—present-day Iraq—more than 1,000 years before the time of the Greek sages Thales and Pythagoras, with whom mathematics is traditionally said to have begun.

The tablets in the exhibition, at once beautiful and enlightening, date from the Old Babylonian Period (ca. 1900–1700 BCE). They have been assembled from three important collections: the Columbia Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University; the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; and the Yale babylonian Collection, Yale University.

More information about the exhibition can be found at http://www.nyu.edu/isaw/exhibitions/before-pythagoras/index.html

Professional Staff Meeting this Friday, May 8

The next Professional Staff meeting will be held this Friday, May 8, 9:00-10:30. It will be held in the Kellogg Room, located on the 15th Floor of the School of International Affairs Building (SIPA).

Friday’s Agenda:

* 9:00-9:30: Breakfast, etc.
* 9:30-10:00: Jennifer Rutner discusses findings from LibQUAL+
* 10:00-10:30: Jim Neal, library-wide updates

We hope to see you all there!

For directions to SIPA:
http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/services/maps/sectionF.html

Women’s History Month Exhibit

March is Women’s History Month. With the help of Tony Arevalo, we are mounting a small display in the Butler Lobby relating to Women, Butler Library and Columbia College. The display was part of the student celebration of Women’s History Month. A student group held an event on March 3rd focusing on a banner that was placed on the façade of Butler Library in 1989 with the names of several significant female authors to complement the men’s names engraved there. They also commemorated the 25th anniversary of Columbia College going co-ed. Jen Rutner & Jocelyn Wilk are working on “Did you know?” slides on each topic for the Butler & Lehman screen displays.

With assistance from Jocelyn in the University Archives, the students created a small physical display illustrating the history behind the original banner for their program. We will display some of this material in the lobby of Butler next to the directory case for the balance of the month. Thanks to all who helped. We hope you find it interesting.

-Aline Locascio

Events and Exhibitions in January & February

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Exhibition: January 28–March 28, 2009
Modernism and
Iraq
Miriam and
Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery862 Schermerhorn Hall, 1190 Amsterdam Avenue
www.columbia.edu/cu/wallach

Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 5:00–7:00 p.m.Panel discussion
“Curating Modernism and
Iraq: Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 5:45 p.m.

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Exhibition: February 18–May 29, 2009
Victorian Imprints: Selections from the James G. Nelson Library

Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Butler
Library, 6th Floor, East, 535 West 114th Street
www.columbia.edu/library/rbml

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
“A View from the ′90s”: Selections from the Collection of James G. Nelson

G. Thomas Tanselle, Vice President Emeritus, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and Adjunct Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Erik Gray, Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Butler Library, Room 523, 535 West 114th Street

James G. Nelson is renowned for his definitive scholarship on avant-garde writers and artists of the British 1890s and the publishers who dared to print them. Selected works from his collection of over 2,000 titles from this period over will be on display in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library from February 18 to May 29, 2009.

A reception and an opportunity to view the exhibition will immediately follow in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (Butler Library, 6th Floor, East).

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RESEARCH WITHOUT BORDERS: THE CHANGING WORLD OF SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION
Sponsored by the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services Scholarly Communication Program

Thursday, February 19, 2009, 3:00 p.m.
Open Science: Good for Research, Good for Researchers?

A panel discussion on the benefits and challenges of open science.

Jean-Claude Bradley, Associate Professor of Chemistry and E-Learning Coordinator for the College of Arts and Sciences, Drexel University

Barry Canton, Co-Founder of Gingko Bioworks and the Open WetWare wiki

Bora Zivkovic, Online Discussion Expert, Public Library of Science and author of A Blog Around the Clock

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009, 6:00 p.m.
The Children of Children Keep Coming: An African American Epic

A conversation with author Russell L. Goings about his epic poem on the African American experience

Jerome Davis, Secretary, Columbia University
Kim Bridgford, Professor of English,
Fairfield University
Moderated by Samuel Freedman, Professor, The
Journalism School, Columbia University

Faculty Room, Low Memorial Library, 535 West 116th Street (College Walk between Broadway and Amsterdam)

A reception and book signing in the Rotunda will immediately follow the presentation. Copies of The Children of Children Keep Coming: An Epic GriotSong, will be available for sale.

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Friday, February 27, 2009, 2:00 p.m.

How We Decide
Columbia Alumni Association’s Meet the Author: Jonah Lehrer, ′03CC

Moderated by Stuart Firestein, Professor, Biological Sciences,
Columbia University

Butler Library, 2nd Floor Lounge, Room 214, 535 West 114th Street

Jonah Lehrer is an editor at large for Seed Magazine and the author of Proust Was a Neuroscientist. He graduated from Columbia University and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

A book signing will follow.

To register for this event, please go to http://alumni.columbia.edu/register.
Sponsored by the
Columbia Alumni Association (CAA).

On Meyer Schapiro

A conference and exhibition to celebrate the publication of Meyer Schapiro Abroad: Letters to Lillian and Travel Notebooks will take place January 30 at Columbia University. (download invitation)

The conference will take place on Friday, January 30th, 2009 from 200-5:00 p.m. at The Frieda and Milton Rosenthal Auditorium, 501 Schermerhorn Hall.

The presentations and discussion will be followed by a reception in the Alan and Margaret Kempner Exhibition Gallery of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, which will feature an exhibition of pages from Meyer Schapiro’s travel notebooks (1926-1927).

“Researching Theater” exhibit on display through Spring 2009

“Researching Theater” represents a wide range of primary and secondary source materials essential to researching drama and theatrical production.  Items were selected from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Starr East Asian, Avery Library, Butler Library, Butler Media Collection, and Music Library. The exhibit is on display in the third floor exhibit cases in Butler Library now through the spring of 2009.

Happy Days Are Here Again—I Think: A Campaign 2008 Postmortem from a Media Pathologist’s Casebook

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Thursday, November 6, 2008, 6:00 p.m.

Marvin Kitman, media critic at HuffingtonPost.com and the former media critic at Newsday

Butler Library, Room 523
535 West 114th Street

Reception immediately following.

To attend, please register by sending an e-mail to cul-events@columbia.edu or visiting www.alumni.libraries.columbia.edu

Illustrated Japanese Books in the C. V. Starr East Asian Library: Traditional Formats and Modern Interpretations

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Part of our “Curators at Home” Lecture Series

Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Amy V. Heinrich
Director, C. V. Starr East Asian Library,
Columbia University

Butler Library, Room 523
535 West 114th Street

Reception immediately following.

Future of the Book: Can the Endangered Monograph Survive?

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008, 3:00 p.m

The economic conundrum of scholarly publishing and its impact on the monograph

Helen Tarter
Editorial Director,
Fordham University Press

Sandy Thatcher
Director,
Pennsylvania State University Press

Alfred Lerner Hall Room 555 on Columbia’s Morningside Campus

For information on the series, Research without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication, please email Kathryn Pope at kp2002@columbia.edu, or visit http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/events/.